Wondering if you might be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder? Take our scientific quiz to find out in just a few minutes.
Instructions: Here you’ll find a list of 40 statements, one in Column A and the opposite in Column B. For each statement, choose the item from Column A or B that best matches you (even if it’s not a perfect fit). Complete the quiz on your own and in one sitting, which takes most people between 5 and 10 minutes to finish. In most browsers, you can click anywhere on the item to choose it (you do not have to click in the radiobox itself). Answer all questions for the most accurate result.
Learn More About Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder involves a persistent pattern of thoughts and behaviors characterized by grandiosity, an overwhelming need for admiration, and a lack of empathy toward others and their needs or feelings. A person with disorder believes they are the center of the universe and all attention should be paid to them, even at the expense of others. Their behavior is characterized by an attitude of being patronizing, disdainful, and even snobbish toward others, especially those they believe are inferior to them (the vast majority of people).
Like most personality disorders, this pattern of thoughts and behaviors is long-standing, chronic, and hard to change. Most people with this disorder don’t see their behavior as being particularly problematic until it starts to negatively impact their life in meaningful ways (such as losing a job, a relationship, etc.).
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Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder can respond to different types of treatment, usually involving psychotherapy. Treatment works best when the individual recognizes there may be a problem, and wants to work to help change some of the ways they think and act around others, in order to reduce the severity of the symptoms experienced.
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