Can narcissism be diagnosed with one question?
Are you a narcissist? If you answered “yes” to this question, you may have correctly diagnosed yourself as one.
New research published in PLOS ONE suggests that individuals who self-identified with the statement “I am a narcissist,” aligned very closely with several other validated measures of narcissism, including the most widely used test for narcissism, the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI).
Researchers at Ohio State University put more than 2,200 participants of all ages through a series of 11 experiments. Analyzing their data, they found that they could reliably identify narcissists simply asking the question: "To what extent do you agree with this statement: “I am a narcissist.”
Participants responded by rating themselves on a scale of 1 (“not very true of me”) to 7 (“very true of me”).
Being a narcissist isn’t all bad, even though the study’s authors said the trait was bad for society because it tends to make people less empathetic. They found that those who identified strongly as being narcissistic were more extroverted and slightly less depressed.
“People who are narcissists are almost proud of the fact,” said Brad Bushman, one of the study’s co-authors. “You can ask them directly because they don’t see narcissism as a negative quality. They believe they are superior to other people and are fine with saying that publicly.”
The scientists note that the test, coined as the Single Item Narcissism Scale (SINS), is not a replacement for longer questionnaires, like the NPI, which provide more comprehensive information to researchers. They believe this new, short test, however, could be used in long surveys where people can become bored and drop out before completing it.