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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Narcissistic Personality Inventory

I am considerably less narcissistic than one might imagine:

Your score is 25, out of 40. Your score was higher than 87.8% of the sample.

Only  in the top 12 percent?  Why, that's practically humble!

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Blogger Aviator4 September 26, 2012 7:40 PM  

26 out of 40 here. In all seriousness, I have a hard time believing that 11 percent of the population are more narcissistic than I am.

Anonymous Basement Legos September 26, 2012 7:45 PM  

Your score is 5, out of 40.
Your score was higher than 14.3% of the sample.

Yeah, I don't much care what other people think. Posting this early in the thread probably bumps that up though.

Anonymous zen0 September 26, 2012 8:01 PM  

What's with the check-out counter magazine posts.

Shall we have 10 ways to make your man go crazy in bed soon?

Obama won't take the test, he feels he is too good for it.

I really like proofreading my comments in Preview. They are so precious.

Blogger Duke of Earl September 26, 2012 8:04 PM  

2

That's all.

2

Oh well. Doesn't matter anyway.

Anonymous stats79 September 26, 2012 8:05 PM  

US celebrities averaged 17.8. 17.8! Celebrities averaged 17.8. An you scored 25. Rest assured, you are indeed a narcissist.

Anonymous Snickers September 26, 2012 8:06 PM  

There were a lot of statements that were not mutually exclusive. When did competency and narcissism become synonyms?

Anonymous Beau September 26, 2012 8:06 PM  

9 of 40.

Weird; highest in Authority, then some Exhibitionism, with a weak Exploitative. Zero in Superiority, Vanity and Entitlement.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein September 26, 2012 8:20 PM  

7. High on self sufficiency. (Probably because my belief that MPAI and/or incompetent .) Surprised I scored so low because of my Sheldon Cooper- like levels of empathy.

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2012 8:21 PM  

Hmm. 13 out of 40. They seem to think a desire to be admired and complimented by others is a sign of narcissism, and apparently that is the dictionary definition. I would argue that a true narcissist doesn't need the approval or recognition of others. His own opinion of himself outweighs all others.

> There were a lot of statements that were not mutually exclusive. When did competency and narcissism become synonyms?

Agreed.

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2012 8:24 PM  

Oh, and I was high on authority, self sufficiency, and superiority. I didn't even move the needle on vanity, and was fairly low on the others.

Anonymous Faust September 26, 2012 8:24 PM  

.... are you boasting of your modesty and humility?

Anonymous Idle Spectator September 26, 2012 8:25 PM  

"The Narcissistic Personality Inventory is an instrument used to study sub-clinical narcissism since the 1980s"

Hence, even if you scored 40/40 it would probably still not be actual Narcissitic Personality Disorder. Yeah, NPD is THAT bad in real life.

People like to joke about their narcissism as self-centeredness, but trust me, people with actual NPD are bad news. And don't even get started on Malignant Narcissism. Malignant Narcissists end up as cult leaders sometimes.

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2012 8:26 PM  

> US celebrities averaged 17.8. 17.8! Celebrities averaged 17.8. An you scored 25.

Have you looked at most US celebrities lately? It doesn't take much to think you're better than they are.

Blogger stats September 26, 2012 8:30 PM  

"Have you looked at most US celebrities lately? It doesn't take much to think you're better than they are."

The score is not based on what others think of you. It's based on what you think of yourself. And by their very nature you would expect celebrities to score high in narcissism. Vox scored considerably higher than the average for a very narcissistic group. That says a lot.

Anonymous DrTorch September 26, 2012 8:38 PM  

Im vain and self-sufficient.

Seems about right. Im pretty sure that song was about me.

Anonymous Idle Spectator September 26, 2012 8:39 PM  

I would argue that a true narcissist doesn't need the approval or recognition of others. His own opinion of himself outweighs all others.

Wrong. A true narcissist is not in love with himself. A true narcissist is in love with his reflection. Hence they gravitate to careers like Hollywood and music. A narcissist all alone without anyone to reflect his wonderfulness is a sullen depressed husk of a man.

Blogger Doom September 26, 2012 8:46 PM  

Didn't care to finish the test. Too many answers didn't fit. Yes, I am a good leader, but no, I don't like to lead. If I were healthy enough to be among those worthy of being led, then... of course. Competition is tight in tight circles, but I would do it. Just... not with the unworthy. Etc.

While young, find a leader you can believe in, grow strong enough and smart enough to disprove him or expose his weaknesses. If he fails to yield, knock him over then take his crown. Then look for a top young follower to eventually retire you. Life is good.

Anonymous The Gray Man September 26, 2012 8:49 PM  

32/40. I did not think it was that bad. I really do believe I am an extraordinary person who would make a great leader, and people do come to me for advice and leadership even when I am not in the mood to do these things or looking for it.

Anonymous Baseball Savant September 26, 2012 8:49 PM  

32 of 40. I LOVE LOOKING AT MYSELF IN THE MIRROR! I have the body of an Adonis and I'm ridiculously handsome. I sometimes wonder how I am actually able to walk around in public places.

Anonymous Salt September 26, 2012 9:00 PM  

3

Maybe I need to get out more.

Anonymous Josh September 26, 2012 9:04 PM  

Your score is 31, out of 40.

Your score was higher than 95% of the sample.

Anonymous Idle Spectator September 26, 2012 9:05 PM  

Okay I looked at the test a bit more: if you score 38, 39 or 40 you might have NPD.

40/40 - above 99.8%
39/40 - above 99.5%

This test is ridiculously easy to cheat at if you know which answer is the narcissistic one.

Anonymous JartStar September 26, 2012 9:05 PM  

17 - Sounds about right.

Blogger JDC September 26, 2012 9:06 PM  

15.

Anonymous Josh September 26, 2012 9:10 PM  

I scrolled down and posted my score before reading the others comments.

If the shoe fits.

I maxed out self-sufficiency and exploitativeness,and high on authority and superiority.

Zero vanity, though.

Anonymous Josh September 26, 2012 9:12 PM  

This test is ridiculously easy to cheat at if you know which answer is the narcissistic one.

Most personality tests are.

Anonymous Hazim September 26, 2012 9:16 PM  

10. 0 on self-sufficiency, 0 on vanity.

Anonymous Stilicho September 26, 2012 9:20 PM  

Oh, and I was high on authority, self sufficiency, and superiority. I didn't even move the needle on vanity, and was fairly low on the others.

According to the test, I'm much like you James, except that I'm better looking.

Anonymous Koanic September 26, 2012 9:21 PM  

I don't have much use for a test like this. The real measures of narcissism are how much the self-perception deviates from reality, and how emotionally invested in that image the person is. This test only measures the self image component, then generates conclusions based on the assumption that everyone is of the same quality.

Anonymous Idle Spectator September 26, 2012 9:22 PM  

Most personality tests are.

Not this blatant. My secret score hidden in a nuclear blast shelter is lower than Vox's, but when I cheated I got a 40/40.

Hannibal Lecter voice: No, no, no, no, no. You were doing fine. You had been courteous and receptive to courtesy. You had established trust with the embarrassing truth about Miggs, and now this ham-handed segue into your questionnaire. It won't do. Oh, Officer Clarice... do you think you can dissect me with this blunt little tool?

Blogger Ted Walther September 26, 2012 9:32 PM  

Too narcisistic to have a debate about the validity of the Law of God for Christians. When are you going to have that debate, Vox?

Blogger JACIII September 26, 2012 9:35 PM  

30 of 40. Low on the three "E"'s - Exhibitionism, Exploitativeness, and Entitlement.

Would have been worse in my younger days, before I came to understand most folk just aren't worth bothering with. Once you get them going your way they want direction from then on. Life's too short for such nonsense.

Anonymous DennisP2112 September 26, 2012 9:45 PM  

You have completed the Narcissistic Personality Inventory.

Your score is 10, out of 40.

Anonymous ridip September 26, 2012 10:35 PM  

Vox,

Apparently you're becoming more narcissistic, you've climbed 2 points since you took essentially the same test in January over at Alpha Game, Dark Biad.

I'll create a third version if you want to try again for that perfect score.

Blogger Doom September 26, 2012 10:36 PM  

Koanic,

Yeah. Most people are turds, some shine themselves for self-promotion, others just enjoy their own stink. But comparing even the shined up turds to quality men is ridiculous. At one time people knew these things, instinctively. Now even a jester bellhop wanna-be can become president, though, so go figure.

Anonymous Kyle In Japan September 26, 2012 10:39 PM  

9 out of 40. I'm probably ridiculously vain since I'm fastidious about maintaining hair and beard, check myself in the mirror way too much, and wear about $1500 or so in expensive Japanese clothes on any given day.

Superiority is also pretty high, but the other attributes like entitlement and authority are really low. Leadership bores me. Regardless, I think I'm probably more narcissistic than this test suggests.

Blogger A September 26, 2012 10:46 PM  

I had a sneaking suspicion some of those questions were the choice between "are you Alpha, or Beta?" and, of course, I had to choose Alpha where ever it applied, hence 17/40.

Anonymous daddynichol September 26, 2012 11:02 PM  

95%. Screw 'em.

Anonymous castricv September 26, 2012 11:08 PM  

32 out of 40. Geez am I awesome.

Blogger Nate September 26, 2012 11:16 PM  

Its amusing to me that Vox and I got the same score.

Anonymous beerme September 26, 2012 11:32 PM  

23/40. maxed out exploitativeness, high self sufficiency, higher than average vanity, all others except authority were below average.

I'd be interested to see how others I know would grade me on a test like this to see how my perception differs from others.

Anonymous Redneck Joe September 26, 2012 11:35 PM  

18/40. Self sufficiency, superiority, vanity high. Authority about halfway. Exhibition and entitlement *zip*
Kinda seemed like two different tests.

Blogger mmaier2112 September 26, 2012 11:48 PM  

8. I didn't like the questions, though. I'd guess I'm more like a 20 or so in actuality.

Anonymous Azimus September 27, 2012 12:16 AM  

I am supremely curious to know what Jay Cutler's score would be.

I myself scored 13, basically on the mean. I guess that means I'm perfectlybalanced?

Anonymous Anonymous September 27, 2012 12:45 AM  

14. Interesting.

Anonymous Matthew September 27, 2012 12:47 AM  

I would have finished the test, except I saw this dog with my bone.

Anonymous AdognamedOp September 27, 2012 1:12 AM  

Wow, I'am a dick.

Anonymous Redlegben September 27, 2012 1:16 AM  

19

High - Authority, Exploitativeness, and Superiority.

Low - Exhibitionism, Vanity, and Entitlement.

Typical Scandinavian/German.

Anonymous glacierman September 27, 2012 1:22 AM  

21, but through the roof in vanity, high on self sufficiency.

Questions were too diverse to pick either or sometimes. Too easy to manipulate.

Anonymous Daniel September 27, 2012 1:58 AM  

Maybe you're having a midlife crisis or something. I mean, for goodness sakes, earlier this month you got a bit introspective before raping and murdering women.

Anonymous Tom B September 27, 2012 2:05 AM  

17, high on self sufficiency, Superiority and entitlement, low on vanity, explotativeness, authority

Anonymous Anonymous September 27, 2012 2:12 AM  

7
I'm an INTJ and a Mensan, have performed at the Hollywood Bowl and other venues as a sideman, but in social settings I'm more happy just blending in. Have always struggled with self-confidence.

Anonymous Battlefrog September 27, 2012 2:13 AM  

5

I thought some of the pairs were ridiculous choices though. And some questions seem like they could be misinterpreted. For example I had to answer "I'm an extraordinary person" only because I am extremely weird, not because I think I'm awesome.

Anonymous scoobius dubious September 27, 2012 2:18 AM  

8 out of 40. Apparently I'm not narcissistic, except when it's handy to be so.

By which I mean that the test is sort of silly; it doesn't measure anything like actual pathology, because, as someone above pointed out, it assumes that humans come in a standard factory pre-set. It's not the case. When I have a project that has to be done exactly as I want it to be done, then I am an extraordinary leader; but when the project can be done to anybody's specs, or collaboratively, or must be done exactly as somebody else wants it, then I don't care about my leadership role, in fact I find leadership either boring or taxing or counterproductive in those situations, so I become a good "Tom Hagen" soldier/consigliere type. Git 'er done.

I also don't get the whole mirror thing. I'm not physically ugly, but I'm also not anybody's idea of a dreamboat; but in any case, even if I was a dreamboat, still, why on earth would I want to look at myself when I could look at a beautiful gal instead? Or even, why would I want to look at myself when I could look at a pine tree, or a clever album cover, or a tiny porcelain frog instead? (Except maybe to check for skin cancer.)

Curious if this sort of test has its origins anyplace near the MMPI. As you may know, the MMPI was developed locally in Minnesota, built around the assumption that middle-aged Minnesota Lutheran farmers were the "normal" type of personality, and everything that diverged from Garrison Keillor was pathological. Good for a few larfs.

Anonymous Thomas Kemper Says September 27, 2012 3:05 AM  

"He is truly great who deemeth himself small, and counteth all height of honor as nothing. He is the truly wise man, who counteth all earthly things as dung that he may win Christ. And he is the truly learned man, who doeth the will of God, and forsaketh his own will."

Anonymous JCclimber September 27, 2012 3:16 AM  

28 out of 40. Low vanity and very low entitlement, though.

Anonymous FrankNorman September 27, 2012 4:34 AM  

I got a 9.

Blogger Rantor September 27, 2012 5:04 AM  

Your score is 14, out of 40. 59%ile...

Highest on Authority and Self Sufficiency, (Pobably right as I am a retired officer...)

Lowest on exploitativeness, vanity and exhibitionism...

Anonymous Otherwise Silent Observer September 27, 2012 5:06 AM  

"Your score is 1, out of 40."

No surprise really. "The Training of a Delta" over at Alpha Game could very well be my autobiography, in addition to other ... issues I'm dealing with at the moment.

Blogger bethyada September 27, 2012 6:00 AM  

10

Anonymous Chris September 27, 2012 6:19 AM  

One. Mainly because I'm. Not. American and thus do not give a damn about half the questions.

Anonymous Mr. B.A.D. September 27, 2012 6:37 AM  

25 out of 40

Anonymous tdm September 27, 2012 7:15 AM  

5

Blogger LP 999/Eliza September 27, 2012 7:21 AM  

12

Anonymous Rock Throwing Peasant September 27, 2012 8:35 AM  

29

This doesn't surprise me.
Low vanity and exhibitionism.

I didn't think the choices really reflected opposites, some times.

Anonymous TheVillageIdiotRet September 27, 2012 9:47 AM  

11 out of 40

Neither the follower or leader be.
(If you're not intelligent enough to follow me,
you sure the hell ain't intelligent enough to lead me.)

DannyR

Anonymous Mark September 27, 2012 10:07 AM  

19

Anonymous duckman September 27, 2012 10:11 AM  

Only in the top 12 percent? Why, that's practically humble!

The top 12%? You wish, Vox. Try the top 12.2%, you lowly worm.

I scored 6...top 80.9%. So take that!

Blogger James Dixon September 27, 2012 11:06 AM  

> According to the test, I'm much like you James, except that I'm better looking.

That wouldn't be hard. :)

Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good September 27, 2012 11:25 AM  

26.

I'm exploitative.

Anonymous Rock Throwing Peasant September 27, 2012 11:36 AM  

Geez, seeing all the results, maybe I am the egotistical asshole my ex says I am. Certainly explains a number of things.

I'm in the middle of a messy divorce in which the ex got the jump on me in a number of ways. At the beginning of 2012, I told everyone that I was going to own this year and turn a lot around. Positive mental energy or narcissism. Either works for me. So far, things are going well.

Anonymous Mrs. Pilgrim September 27, 2012 1:21 PM  

4/40. No score in Vanity, Exploitativeness, and Entitlement; blips in the others.

The options were poorly phrased, I believe.

Anonymous kman September 27, 2012 1:26 PM  

3!

Anonymous Mrs. Pilgrim September 27, 2012 1:38 PM  

I also ran their "self-esteem" test, incidentally. Looks like I'm a basket case; I have unusually low self-esteem, too.

These tests are screwy. They're also full of misspellings.

Anonymous Servant September 27, 2012 8:59 PM  

6, but then I am supposed to be a servant and seen as such. Besides I can think of many better things than to do than to look at myself in the mirror

Anonymous Mrs. Pilgrim September 27, 2012 11:38 PM  

Besides I can think of many better things than to do than to look at myself in the mirror

Like taking a personality quiz to see whether one has nothing better to do than to look at oneself in the mirror.

You may feel free to point out that I did the same.

Blogger Markku October 01, 2012 9:48 AM  

"Your score is 6, out of 40."

Self-sufficiency was the highest score.

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