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How narcissistic are you?

nar·cis·sism /ˈnɑrsəˌsɪzɛm/ Pronunciation Key – [nahr-suh-siz-em] – noun

  1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
  2. Psychoanalysis. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.

From dictionary.com: narcissistic

If a person displays five or more of the following traits, they are likely to have narcissistic tendencies:

  • A grandiose sense of self-importance (eg, exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognised as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love
  • Believes 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)
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Has a sense of entitlement, ie, unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  • Is interpersonally exploitative, ie, takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  • Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognise or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes

Does that describe you? Does it describe someone in your life? Taken from The Monster in the Mirror.

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12 replies on “How narcissistic are you?”

First of all, I don’t know why I’m even reading this article. I have far more important things to be doing, and way more glamourous people to be doing them with.

But since I’m here now – and I HOPE you appreciate it, though I don’t know how you would be able to – I believe you at least owe me a little more than having my comment relegated to the ranks of the rest of these pee-on’s. In fact, I think you should move my comment up above all of the others.

Scratch that, my comment should be at the top of the page above your post. After all, I think we all know this IS the most important thing here, don’t we?

John “The Almighty” P. 🙂

PS – Don’t forget to set up a media player so that people can hear some brilliant Jazz music while they are reading my words. And it MUST be Jazz. I don’t want people listening to Hip Hop or something while attempting to comprehend the deep meaning behind my comments. God knows, they’ll need all the help they can get anyway!

Hmm … sounds like most bloggers 🙂

* A grandiose sense of self-importance – Check
* Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success – Check
* Believes that he or she is ‘special’ and unique – Check
* Requires excessive admiration – Check
* Takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends – Check
* Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her – Check
* Shows arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes – Check

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