Is someone you know narcissistic?

If you’d like to find out, all you have to do is ask them.

A recent series of experiments has found out how easy it is to identify narcissistic people by simply asking someone this exact question:

To what extent do you agree with this statement: “I am a narcissist.”

Depending on how the participants rated themselves on a scale of 1 (not very true of me) to 7 (very true of me), the researchers found that the participants’ answers correlated with their scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI).

The study was published in PLOS ONE, and when asked why narcissistic people so openly embrace their narcissism, the researchers pointed out that narcissistic people don’t consider narcissism to be a bad thing. In fact, they are practically proud of it.

However, the researchers aren’t suggesting that we can throw away all other types of narcissistic tests now. The Single Item Narcissism Scale, or SINS, is meant to be another tool researchers can use if they need to identify narcissists quickly and efficiently. NPI and other tests offer more detail regarding an individual’s personality and the type of narcissism they may have.

You can take the test yourself to see how narcissistic you are by clicking here.

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