Answer the following questions and decide to what extent each item is characteristic of your feelings and behavior. Fill in the blanks by choosing a number from this scale:
1 = very uncharacteristic or untrue, strongly disagree
2 = uncharacteristic
3 = neutral
4 = characteristic
5 = very characteristic or true, strongly agree
I can become entirely absorbed in thinking about my personal affairs, my health, my cares or my relations to others.
My feelings are easily hurt by ridicule or the slighting remarks of others.
When I enter a room I often become self-conscious and feel that the eyes of others are upon me.
I dislike sharing the credit of an achievement with others.
I feel that I have enough on my hand without worrying about other people’s troubles.
I feel that I am temperamentally different from most people.
I often interpret the remarks of others in a personal way.
I easily become wrapped up in my own interests and forget the existence of others.
I dislike being with a group unless I know that I am appreciated by at least one of those present.
I am secretly “put out” or annoyed when other people come to me with their troubles, asking me for their time and sympathy.
I am jealous of good-looking people.
I tend to feel humiliated when criticized.
I wonder why other people aren’t more appreciative of my good qualities.
I tend to see other people as being either great or terrible.
I sometimes have fantasies about being violent without knowing why.
I am especially sensitive to success and failure.
I have problems that nobody else seems to understand.
I try to avoid rejection at all costs.
My secret thoughts, feelings, and actions would horrify some of my friends.
I tend to become involved in relationships in which I alternately adore and despise the other person.
Even when I am in a group of friends, I often feel very alone and uneasy.
I resent others who have what I lack.
Defeat or disappointment usually shame or anger me, but I try not to show it.
After this, add together all the numbers to come up with a total score.
The average score on this scale was somewhere around 60. If you scored below 40, you position yourself very low in covert narcissism. If your total was 82, you score high in covert narcissism. And if your score was above 97, declare yourself an open narcissist and don’t act like a baby when criticized for your sensitive soul.
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