Narcissist checklist: 15 Red flags

Narcissism, like many other personality traits, exists on a spectrum. Most people have a mix of narcissistic and empathic traits. In some people, however, their narcissistic side overshadows their empathic side.

We call these people narcissists.

If their narcissistic tendencies are so pervasive and severe that they negatively impact their lives, they’re likely to suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).

NPD is characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance and a glaring lack of empathy.

Narcissism has deep insecurity and low self-esteem at its core, for which the narcissist overcompensates by seeking external validation and devaluing others.

Narcissist checklist

Below is a checklist consisting of the main narcissistic characteristics. You can use it for yourself, or if you have someone else in mind you suspect to be a narcissist. It’s purely for educational purposes and is not meant to be a diagnosis.

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Narcissist checklist

Check off items that apply.

Yes/No
A grandiose sense of self-importance, entitlement and superiority
Craving constant attention and admiration
Having fantasies of unlimited success, brilliance, power, and beauty
Lacking empathy and unwilling to recognize others' feelings or needs
Taking advantage of others without guilt or shame
Being envious of others and thinking that others are envious of them
Showing arrogant behaviors and attitudes
Constantly devaluing, demeaning, gaslighting and bullying others
Having a strong need for control
Different public and private behavior
Lack of accountability and blame-shifting
Offering unsolicited advice
Lacking introspection
Overreacting to criticism with irrational rage and/or coldness
Difficulty with genuine intimacy