Today, many \u201cnarcissist tests\u201d exist that confirm the idea that someone you know (let\u2019s face it, your ex) does indeed have a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The most official of the narcissism tests, the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI), is commonly used to determine if someone displays narcissistic behaviors. But is it possible to read this test wrong? And can it tell you something you don\u2019t already know about yourself? Is Narcissism Good or Bad? Most people would say that someone who displays traits of narcissism is a dangerous person. They recognize the manipulation and the deceit and recall moments when others hurt them in the past. Given the most common traits listed for narcissists, it\u2019s easy to see why no one feels thrilled to receive the label themselves.\u00a0 When looking at narcissism as a black-and-white issue, it\u2019s easy to paint all narcissists as bad people. However, there are varying levels of narcissism. Certain qualities within the diagnosis show healthy levels of self-esteem.\u00a0 Can a Narcissist Test Tell You Something You Don\u2019t Already Know? For all the time they spend agonizing over their self-image, many times those who might meet the criteria for being a narcissist have a hard time recognizing it. So when they take a narcissist test, the answers might come as a surprise.\u00a0 Taking a test like this can also reveal if you have any narcissistic tendencies. However, having these kinds of inclinations doesn\u2019t make you an evil person. Even being diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder doesn\u2019t make you a good or a bad person.\u00a0 Using the Narcissism Spectrum Scale, researchers found three patterns of behavior related to what we consider narcissism. The first is Echoism, which includes people who don\u2019t feel special and focus on others to extremes where they neglect their own needs.\u00a0 The second is healthy narcissism, which includes people who are empathic and sensitive to the needs of others while still being confident and ambitious. The last one is extreme narcissism, which is what we think of when we call people \u201cnarcissistic.\u201d Those that fall into this category are argumentative, manipulative and constantly seek approval from others.\u00a0 How to Test for Narcissism If you genuinely want to know if you have narcissistic characteristics, you\u2019ll need to ask someone who can deliver a balanced point of view. Consider asking them these questions instead of taking a self-report test.\u00a0 \tCan I sometimes seem like I am boastful or arrogant? \tDo I monopolize conversations? \tDoes it seem like I look down on certain people or view them as inferior? \tDo I come across as entitled? \tDo you notice that I get angry or impatient if I don\u2019t receive special treatment? \tAre you nervous about giving me criticism? \tDo I have an exaggerated sense of self or seem ever to exaggerate my talents? \tDo you think I focus too much on beauty, brilliance, power or success? \tDo I believe I can only associate with others who I deem worthy of my time? If any of these questions warrant a yes from your friend, consider the following self-reflection: \tDo I expect unquestioning compliance or special favors? \tDo I manipulate others to get what I want? \tCan I recognize the feelings and needs of others? \tDo I envy others, and do I believe others envy me? Answering yes to one or two of the above questions doesn\u2019t automatically warrant a narcissistic personality disorder diagnosis. However, if there\u2019s a pattern in the answers, and if your friend answered yes to all the above, you may want to consider seeking personality disorder treatment.\u00a0 But that doesn\u2019t mean the end for you, it\u2019s really just the beginning! There are options for mental health treatment near you at The Ranch Tennessee. Contact us today to learn more 888.645.7453.