After studying more than 2,200 people of all ages, researchers in psychology found out a simple answer to struggles to point out who’s a narcissist: you just ask them.
Participants in over 11 experiments were asked to appreciate the extent they agree with the following statement: “I am a narcissist”. This simple narcissism scale is apparently as efficient as other validated measures of narcissism, which focus on extended measures containing more than one item. One example of a complex measurement of narcissism is the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, which contains 40 different items. Answers to this simple item were measured on a scale from 1 (not very true of me) to 7 (very true of me).
Simple Narcissism Scale is Efficient Because Narcissists aren’t ashamed to recognize
Commenting of these results, an explanation for the mesmerizing simple way to find out a narcissistic personality is offered by Brad Bushman, co-author of this study. He states that people who are truly narcissists have no problem in admitting this publicly, mostly because they see this feature as a positive one and they don’t mind being judged for say that, especially since they think they are better than everyone else. Understanding narcissism seems to be a key-element to deal with problems that arise when you encounter a narcissist: he or she has a very low level of empathy and since they think so good about themselves, they don’t feel the need to improve so they aren’t very sensitive to requests from others. When it comes to helping other, narcissists aren’t very keen to offer support so overall narcissism seem to be an individual feature with negative consequences at a collective level. Maybe narcissists could try to improve their personality with a little help.
According to Time, narcissists have all the other associated negative attributes: they are insensitive, not very committed to fidelity in relationships, vain, they lie, and they are egotistical. These personalities might hit extreme points in 1% to 3 % of people, those currently labeled by psychologists as having narcissistic personality disorder. But if researchers from Ohio State University got their measurement right and you can use the simple narcissism scale to find out how narcissistic a person is, than the whole game of psychological evaluation as a science might soon change. This could mean that simpler ways of measurement or evaluation might be available, but also that psychology as a science could sometimes reinforce common sense.