The Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale

1. I can become entirely absorbed in thinking about my personal affairs, my health, my cares or my relations to others.
2. My feelings are easily hurt by ridicule or by the slighting remarks of others.
3. When I enter a room I often become self-conscious and feel that the eyes of others are upon me.
4. I dislike sharing the credit of achievement with others.
5. I feel that I have enough on my hands without worrying about other people's troubles.
6. I feel that I am temperamentally different from most people.
7. I often interpret the remarks of others in a personal way.
8. I easily become wrapped up in my own interests and forget the existence of others.
9. I dislike being with a group unless I know that I am appreciated by at least one of those present.
10. I am secretly annoyed when other people come to me with their troubles, asking me for my sympathy.
11. I am jealous of good-looking people.
12. I tend to feel humiliated when criticized.
13. I wonder why other people aren't more appreciative of my good qualities.
14. I see other people as being either great or terrible.
15. I sometimes have fantasies about being violent without knowing why.
16. I am especially sensitive to success and failure.
17. I have problems that nobody else understands.
18. I try to avoid rejection at all costs.
19. My secret thoughts, feelings, and actions would horrify some of my friends.
20. I tend to become involved in relationships in which I alternately adore and despise the other person.
21. Even when I am in a group of friends, I often feel very alone and uneasy.
22. I resent others who have what I lack.
23. Defeat or disappointment usually shame or anger me, but I try not to show it.
0% (low)
Absolute result is 23.

The absolute result can range from a minimum of 23 to a maximum of 115. Population average scores below 60 (low covert narcissism). Results above 60 (40%) indicate moderate covert narcissism, results above 82 (64%) indicate high covert narcissism, results above 97 (80%) indicate very high covert narcissism.

About the Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale

The Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale (MCNS) offers a reliable self-report measure of covert narcissism distinct from other measures more focused on overt narcissism.


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