Are You A Narcissist?
If we were brought up by a narcissistic parent, it is possible that we ourselves have developed narcissistic traits by the processes of modelling and learning.
If you want to get an indication of whether this may be true of you, read through the following statements. The statements do NOT make up a diagnostic tool, but narcissists tend to answer AGREE with the following statements:
‘ARE YOU A NARCISSIST?’ TEST :
1) I regard myself as an extraordinary person
2) I can easily make people believe anything I say
3) I like to be complimented
4) People are always interested in my stories
5) I like to show off
6) It’s important to me that I amount to something in the eyes of the world
7) I regard myself as having very good leadership potential
8) I like to look at/show off my body.
9) I regard myself as a special person
10) I am extremely concerned that others perceive me as a great success
Above – The Ancient Greek Mythological Youth – Narcissus
11) I am very concerned that I achieve worldly success
12) I know that I’m destined to be successful
13) If someone dares me to do something, it’s very likely that I’ll do it
14) If I get into trouble I can almost always talk my way out of it
15) I enjoy being the center of attention
16) If I ruled the world, I’d be able to make it a better place for people to live in
17) I enjoy being in authority over others
18) I am a good manipulator and am capable of manipulating others when necessary
19) Respect from others is my due and I insist upon getting it
20) I must get all I deserve and will not rest until I get it
21) I very much desire to be a powerful person
22) I believe that I am a natural leader and very much wish to be one
23) It is my right to live my life precisely as I choose
24) I think I would make an excellent subject for a biography and would like it if, one day, someone wrote it.
25) When I am in public I like to be the centre of attention and resent it if people fail to notice me
26) I am a far more capable person than average.
THE ACTUAL DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER, FROM THE DSM V (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V) ARE AS FOLLOWS:
– grandiose sense of self-importance
– expects to be seen as superior (though lacks commensurate achievements)
– preoccupied with fantasies of enormous success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love
– sees self as ‘special’ and as someone who should only associate with other special/high status individuals
– has a strong sense of ‘entitlement’/expects others to treat him/her especially favourably
– interpersonally exploitative
– lacks empathy (does not identify with/recognize needs/feelings of others)
– frequently envies others but also imagines others envy him/her
– frequently displays arrogant behavior
Above adapted from DSM V.
NB. Proper diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder can ONLY be made by a suitably qualified professional.
David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc: PGDE(FAHE)