It turns out that there is a personality quiz consisting of 40 questions that can be answered in about five minutes that supposedly gives you a score that measures this characteristic in you. The test compilers say that a score between 12 and 15 is average, that celebrities often score closer to 18, and narcissists score over 20.
I scored 11 and my breakdown on the seven traits of narcissism is below.
The explanation of the traits is as follows:
Authority: Authority refers to a person’s leadership skills and power. People who score higher on authority like to be in charge and gain power, often for power’s sake alone. You scored particularly high in authority, suggesting you see yourself as a leader or as someone who values power.
Self-Sufficiency: This trait refers to how self-sufficient a person is, that is, how much you rely on others versus your own abilities to meet your needs in life.
Superiority: This trait refers to whether a person feels they are more superior than those around them.
Exhibitionism: This trait refers to a person’s need to be the center of attention, and willingness to ensure they are the center of attention (even at the expense of others’ needs).
Exploitativeness: This trait refers to how willing you are to exploit others in order to meet your own needs or goals.
Vanity: This trait refers to a person’s vanity, or their belief in one’s own superior abilities and attractiveness compared to others.
Entitlement: This trait refers to the expectation and amount of entitlement a person has in their lives, that is, unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with one’s expectations. People who score higher on this trait generally have a greater expectation of entitlement, while those who score lower expect little from others or life.
I took the test again after several weeks just to see if the results were consistent and scored a 9, which was close. All the subscores were very similar with the difference with my earlier scores being that I scored one less each on Authority and Superiority.
Of course, a case can be made that anyone who takes such tests may be prima facie narcissistic since they are preoccupied with themselves. So maybe about 5 points should be added automatically to anyone each time they take such a test, which would put me at 21 or 19.