Covert Narcissism is often exposed when a person is able to get close to someone and can see through the cracks in their ‘mask’. They are able to identify delusional and grandiose ideals they have about themselves. Narcissist and Sociopaths are seemingly malicious in their words and actions, and are usually undermining other’s lives and morals.
When you become involved with someone with an Anti-Social Personality Disorder they systematically & methodically destroy your sense of self-worth, they tear down your self-esteem, and bit by bit take all the peace, happiness, & trust you had, away. You find yourself one day becoming a shell of a human. Below is a test used to help diagnose a person. Keep in mind, Sociopaths & Narcissist are very good at manipulation, so they can and often times do manipulate these questions and ‘justify’ their answers. Those of us without DSM do not need to manipulate or justify any of these questions.
Please answer the following questions by deciding to what extent each item is characteristic of your feelings and behavior. Fill in the blank next to each item by choosing a number from this scale:
1 = very uncharacteristic or untrue, strongly disagree
2 = uncharacteristic
3 = neutral
4 = characteristic
5 = very characteristic or true, strongly agree
If you thought on some of these, “Oh dear lord, that’s sooooo me,” don’t panic. There’s some overlap between this scale and other tests that measure introversion and sensitivity. In a recent study conducted on college students the average score on this scale was in the mid-upper 60s. So if your score hovered around that range, you’re about average in covert narcissism. If your score was below 40, you scored very low in covert narcissism.
* The first 10 items of this scale are taken from the original Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale. The rest of the items were added to create a more reliable and valid scale. This new and improved 23-item scale was recently presented at the 2013Association for Research in Personality conference by Jonathan Cheek, Holly Hendin, and Paul Wink. Courtesy of scientificamerican.com/