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Quiz: Can You Spot a Narcissist?

Do you think you could spot a narcissist? Could it be you or someone you know?

Narcissistic personality disorder is a habitual pattern of grandiosity, a constant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy, beginning in early adulthood, and indicated by a minimum of five of the following criteria. Place a check mark by all that apply, and if the total equals five or more, you could have a narcissist in your midst!

1. A grandiose sense of self-importance where the individual exaggerates achievements and talents and expects to be recognized as superior without relevant accomplishments. (  )

2. A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love. (  )

3. A belief that he or she is special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions. (  )

4. A need for excessive admiration. (  )

5. A sense of entitlement and unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations. (  )

6. Interpersonally exploitative and takes advantage of others to meet his or her own end. (  )

7. A lack of empathy and unwillingness to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others. (  )

8. Envy of others or a belief that others are envious of him or her. (  )

9. A demonstration of arrogant behaviors or attitudes. (  )

Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition-Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR)