In our selfie-obsessed and self-posting culture, we’ve all likely heard the word narcissism thrown around. Oftentimes, it’s used to describe someone who seems overly vain or full of themselves.
But is that really what narcissism means?
More accurately, narcissism is defined as an inflated sense of self. If you’ve had moments of narcissism, don’t worry. You’re not alone.
Each person is narcissistic in some way. We all have moments — whether that’s believing you’re the best person for your job or the best looking person in the room. We can all recognize areas where we feel unique and special.
But if the need to feel special and important becomes excessive, you might have narcissistic personality disorder.
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is one of 10 personality disorders. It can affect how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In turn, this can affect day-to-day living and how someone functions at work and in their relationships.
People with narcissistic personality disorder often present with five or more specific symptoms, including:
- grandiosity and self-importance
- sense of specialness and uniqueness
- fantasies of perfection and superiority
- need for praise and attention
- strong sense of entitlement
- lack of empathy
- jealousy, envy, and distrust
- arrogance and scorn
- a pattern of manipulating others
Not everyone will have the same symptoms. The condition can present in different ways from person to person.
So, if you have any of these symptoms, does this mean you’re narcissistic?
Not necessarily. Just having or exhibiting these behaviors doesn’t mean that you have narcissistic personality disorder.
Our narcissistic personality test can help you find out if you might benefit from an evaluation by a mental health professional for narcissistic personality disorder. But remember: This test is only a screening tool. Only a mental health professional can accurately diagnose the condition and recommend treatment options, if needed.
This online screening is not a diagnostic tool. Only a trained medical professional, like a doctor or mental health professional, can help you determine the next best steps for you.
Disclaimer: This quiz is for entertainment purposes only. In no way is this an empirically validated test. The concepts presented aren’t rooted in any known research.