The one question a true narcissist cannot resist
Have you ever wondered whether someone you know, perhaps a friend, a colleague, or even a close family member, is a narcissist? How would you find out? You could try to get the person of interest evaluated by a licensed clinical psychologist, for probably, a steep fee.
Alternatively, you might try to administer the most widely used measure of narcissism in personality research yourself; the 40-item Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI).
Yet, I have a distinct feeling that neither of these options seem plausible to most people.
At Indiana University, Sara Konrath and her colleagues recently sought to address some of the challenges associated with administering such long questionnaires, and in response, developed the so-called Single-Item Narcissism Scale (SINS).
At first, my colleague Seth Rosenthal (Yale) and I were skeptical about the idea that one simple question— Are you a "narcissist"?— could accurately identify narcissists given that narcissism is such a complex and multidimensional personality trait.
Given our initial skepticism paired with a dedication to replication science in social-personality research, we decided to see if we could replicate these initial positive findings with a sample of over 2,000 American adults.
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