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Drew Pinsky's Narcissism Test

40 Questions
Drew Pinsky

Authors Drew Pinsky and S. Mark Young, a professor of entertainment business at the University of Southern California have studied celebrities and the general population by administering a widely used screening tool called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI), which is included in The Mirror Effect.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    1.
    • A. 

      I have a natural talent for influencing people.

    • B. 

      I am not good at influencing people

  • 2. 
    2.
    • A. 

      Modesty doesn't become me.

    • B. 

      I am essentially a modest person.

  • 3. 
    3.
    • A. 

      I would do almost anything on a dare.

    • B. 

      I tend to be a fairly cautious person.

  • 4. 
    4.
    • A. 

      When people compliment me I sometimes get embarrassed.

    • B. 

      I know that I am good because everybody keeps telling me so.

  • 5. 
    5.
    • A. 

      The thought of ruling the world frightens the hell out of me.

    • B. 

      If I ruled the world it would be a better place.

  • 6. 
    6.
    • A. 

      I can usually talk my way out of anything.

    • B. 

      I try to accept the consequences of my behavior.

  • 7. 
    7.
    • A. 

      I prefer to blend in with the crowd.

    • B. 

      I like to be the center of attention.

  • 8. 
    8.
    • A. 

      I will be a success.

    • B. 

      I am not too concerned about success.

  • 9. 
    9.
    • A. 

      I am no better or worse than most people.

    • B. 

      I think I am a special person.

  • 10. 
    10.
    • A. 

      I am not sure if I would make a good leader.

    • B. 

      I see myself as a good leader.

  • 11. 
    11.
    • A. 

      I am assertive.

    • B. 

      I wish I were more assertive.

  • 12. 
    12.
    • A. 

      I like to have authority over other people.

    • B. 

      I don't mind following orders.

  • 13. 
    13.
    • A. 

      I find it easy to manipulate people.

    • B. 

      I don't like it when I find myself manipulating people.

  • 14. 
    14.
    • A. 

      I insist upon getting the respect that is due me.

    • B. 

      I usually get the respect that I deserve.

  • 15. 
    15.
    • A. 

      I don't particularly like to show off my body.

    • B. 

      I like to show off my body.

  • 16. 
    16.
    • A. 

      I can read people like a book.

    • B. 

      People are sometimes hard to understand.

  • 17. 
    17.
    • A. 

      If I feel competent I am willing to take responsibility for making decisions.

    • B. 

      I like to take responsibility for making decisions.

  • 18. 
    18.
    • A. 

      I just want to be reasonably happy.

    • B. 

      I want to amount to something in the eyes of the world.

  • 19. 
    19.
    • A. 

      My body is nothing special.

    • B. 

      I like to look at my body.

  • 20. 
    20.
    • A. 

      I try not to be a show off.

    • B. 

      I will usually show off if I get the chance.

  • 21. 
    21.
    • A. 

      I always know what I am doing.

    • B. 

      Sometimes I am not sure of what I am doing.

  • 22. 
    22.
    • A. 

      I sometimes depend on people to get things done.

    • B. 

      I rarely depend on anyone else to get things done.

  • 23. 
    23.
    • A. 

      Sometimes I tell good stories.

    • B. 

      Everybody likes to hear my stories.

  • 24. 
    24.
    • A. 

      I expect a great deal from other people.

    • B. 

      I like to do things for other people.

  • 25. 
    25.
    • A. 

      I will never be satisfied until I get all that I deserve.

    • B. 

      I take my satisfactions as they come.

  • 26. 
    26.
    • A. 

      Compliments embarrass me.

    • B. 

      I like to be complimented.

  • 27. 
    27.
    • A. 

      I have a strong will to power.

    • B. 

      Power for its own sake doesn't interest me.

  • 28. 
    28.
    • A. 

      I don't care about new fads and fashions.

    • B. 

      I like to start new fads and fashions.

  • 29. 
    29.
    • A. 

      I like to look at myself in the mirror.

    • B. 

      I am not particularly interested in looking at myself in the mirror.

  • 30. 
    29.
    • A. 

      I really like to be the center of attention.

    • B. 

      It makes me uncomfortable to be the center of attention.

  • 31. 
    31.
    • A. 

      I can live my life in any way I want to.

    • B. 

      People can't always live their lives in terms of what they want.

  • 32. 
    32.
    • A. 

      Being an authority doesn't mean that much to me.

    • B. 

      People always seem to recognize my authority.

  • 33. 
    33.
    • A. 

      I would prefer to be a leader.

    • B. 

      It makes little difference to me whether I am a leader or not.

  • 34. 
    34.
    • A. 

      I am going to be a great person.

    • B. 

      I hope I am going to be successful.

  • 35. 
    35.
    • A. 

      People sometimes believe what I tell them.

    • B. 

      I can make anybody believe anything I want them to.

  • 36. 
    36.
    • A. 

      I am a born leader.

    • B. 

      Leadership is a quality that takes a long time to develop.

  • 37. 
    37.
    • A. 

      I wish somebody would someday write my biography.

    • B. 

      I don't like people to pry into my life for any reason.

  • 38. 
    38.
    • A. 

      I get upset when people don't notice how I look when I go out in public.

    • B. 

      Don't mind blending into the crowd when I go out in public.

  • 39. 
    39.
    • A. 

      I am more capable than other people.

    • B. 

      There is a lot that I can learn from other people.

  • 40. 
    40.
    • A. 

      I am much like everybody else.

    • B. 

      I am an extraordinary person.