The Fastest Way to Tell if Someone's a Narcissist
Just ask
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2014 1:02 PM CDT
Narcissists appear to know who they are.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – By definition, narcissists spend a lot of time focused on themselves. So it should be no surprise that the fastest way to tell if someone is a narcissist is simply to ask them. Researchers compared the gold-standard 40-item diagnostic test to one question: "To what extent do you agree with this statement: I am a narcissist. (Note: The word 'narcissist' means egotistical, self-focused, and vain.)" The two are almost identically accurate, with 1% of respondents even describing themselves as a 7 (that the statement is "very true") on a scale of 1 to 7, reports Time.

"Narcissists have no problem admitting they are narcissists," a coauthor on the paper tells the Los Angeles Times. "They think they deserve special treatment and they don’t try to hide that from others." The researchers ultimately conducted 11 studies with more than 2,000 participants, testing for traits associated with narcissism as well, including higher aggression, lower empathy, less committed relationships, a preference for non-social rewards, and the belief that they should be paid more than their colleagues. Not surprisingly, people who characterize themselves as narcissists have more overlap with these traits as well, and also tend to be younger. (Check out which president is considered to be the biggest narcissist of all.)

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Jessie Counts
Dec 30, 2015 4:45 PM CST
If it's because I think I'm better than all of you? Then yes.
Rush Izright
Aug 7, 2014 8:15 AM CDT
real easy--just watch the evening news and obama.
Chris Farley
Aug 7, 2014 7:35 AM CDT
Everyone commenting (including me) is narcissistic to some degree. (or you woulnt have the confidence to comment) But here is a great list of traits of people tht have Narcissistic personality disorder. Believing that you're better than others Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness Exaggerating your achievements or talents Expecting constant praise and admiration Believing that you're special and acting accordingly Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans Taking advantage of others Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior Being jealous of others Believing that others are jealous of you Trouble keeping healthy relationships Setting unrealistic goals Being easily hurt and rejected Having a fragile self-esteem Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional And I remember reading a book a long time ago, that pretty much summed up that most of whats driving this country appart is narcissistic traits. Didnt a pol come out that like 95% of the people stated they were smarter than their neighbors?