This informal, brief version of the Narcissism Spectrum Scale (NSS), derived from Dr. Malkin's Narcissism Spectrum Model, offers you a rough sense of where you fall in the spectrum. Being too high and too low on the spectrum are both associated with problems. If you know where you fall, you can work on moving towards the healthy center of the spectrum, which comes with a host of benefits, including, greater self-confidence, a passion for life, and mutually caring relationships.

The scale breaks down into three “factors.” Think of these like three large piles the items fall into mathematically. All three are related to narcissism (or the lack of it). But they predict dramatically different patterns of behavior. Each factor is also a rough indicator of different positions on the narcissism spectrum. After you take the test, you’ll receive your result and some tips based on your scores. Your results are strictly confidential. 



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"Craig Malkins book is another step in the direction of a broad and inclusive psychological understanding of human behaviour and a step away from prejudice and narrow concepts of the human mind.— from the book's foreword by Irene Oestrich, chefspsykolog, Ph.D.


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