Narcissistic Personality Disorder can be diagnosed by a professional. However, there are plenty of people who are simply self-absorbed. Can you spot the differences? Test your knowledge!

  1. 1 The psychological term of "narcissism" is

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    1. self-adoration in every way possible
    2. an inflated ego
    3. an infatuation with a grandiose view of themselves
    4. a genuine self love for who they really are
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    an infatuation with a grandiose view of themselves

    Those diagnosed with NPD tend to have an inflated sense of self. They see themselves as all-powerful, perfect beings and are in love with who they are. Or who they believe they are.

  2. 2 Those with NPD often live in

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    1. fear of rejection from others because they don't want to deflate their ego
    2. a fantasy world supporting their inflated sense of self
    3. a constant spotlight to further feed their ego
    4. reality of situations
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    a fantasy world supporting their inflated sense of self

    Narcissists live with the delusions that they are that much better than everyone around them, which is why they're lost in their fantasy world. If anyone should threaten to burst their bubble and harm their ego, they act out in aggressive and defensive manners. 

  3. 3 True or False: Narcissists can be charming and pleasant

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    1. True
    2. False
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    True

    Upon meeting a narcissist, these people can be extremely charming and alluring. They're masters at creating fantasies for themselves, so they can fool others, too, when first introduced. But don't be fooled!

  4. 4 When in a relationship with a narcissist, keep in mind that

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    1. They don't care for your needs, they only want to figure out how to improve their lives
    2. They will attempt to manipulate you. They want obedience, not a partner
    3. They need constant reassurance that they are practically gods/goddesses to fuel their ego
    4. All of the above
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    All of the above

    Narcissists act solely for themselves. They have very little care for others and will use and manipulate them to their advantage. Watch how they treat others and beware.

  5. 5 True or False: Boundaries are important

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    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    You need to set boundaries and make them stick. You can't let narcissists through, otherwise they will have the upper hand. If you want to continue some sort of connection with a narcissist, proceed with caution and use your feelings to help you express your side. Don't point out their flaws. Popping bubbles won't help anyone here.

Quiz: Narcissist or Just Self-absorbed?

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Samantha Curreli
Samantha Curreli is a staff writer at Reach Out Recovery. Sam is also a graduate of Arcadia University's MFA in Creative Writing Program and a freelance journalist for New Jersey music magazine, The Aquarian Weekly. She has had multiple pieces of fiction published in literary magazines and short story anthologies.

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