The 1 Question to Ask to Identify a Narcissist

Posted on August 9, 2014

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If you suspect someone in your life is a narcissist, there may be an incredibly straightforward way to confirm your suspicions: Just ask them. New research published in PLOS ONE suggests that simply asking narcissists to out themselves can be surprisingly effective.

Specifically, researchers asked this question over a series of 11 studies: "To what extent do you agree with this statement: I am a narcissist." The participants - and there were about 2,200 of them in total - were told to answer on a scale -of one to seven. As it turned out, their self-scoring results closely matched scores on the traditional method of gauging narcissism, a 40-question survey called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory.

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