Friday, July 8, 2011

Narcissistic much?

Next week I'll be posting about narcissistic personality disorder, narcissism in general, and how this trait can manifest in characters ... and in writers.


Michelangelo's Narcissus

But for today: would you like to find out where you fall on this particular continuum? It takes less than 3 minutes. No need to report scores here unless you're dying to share, but if you do take it, I'd love to hear your thoughts about the questionnaire and how it felt to complete it (I'll share my score on Monday).

And if any of you are interested, I reached my word count goal last weekend (plus a few thousand) and I'm hoping for another productive weekend! How about you?

28 comments:

  1. Can't wait for next week's post. OK, I took the test, and while I'm not a narcissist, I am vain (in a good way I guess) :)

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  2. Yeah! Glad you exceeded your goal in writing. I've slowed down a bit since I finished my first draft. I have some ideas on the horizon, but I plan on reading this weekend.

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  3. The questionnaire definitely made me realise there's more to being a narcissist than thinking you're hot. I was surprised by the leadership/authority angle, but I guess it makes sense. If you think you're all that, of course you should be the one making decisions; other people would just do things wrong.

    Glad to hear your WIP is off to a good start!

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  4. I'll be interested to read your post next week -- how we can use these traits in our writing and (eep) which ones we have ourselves!

    Glad to hear you're going like gangbusters on your new WIP! Wish I could say the same. I'm having trouble making the transition to a new story.

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  5. I got a 6, which I guess is below normal - though I scored high on "authority".

    The thing that always gets me about tests like this is that there's no middle ground. The questions feel like: "do you like to take your clothes off and stand in the middle of Times Square for everyone to admire your awesomeness, or do you prefer to hide under rocks and send all communication via smoke signals?" Sometimes I felt like neither option accurately described me.

    So in a way I feel that I was trying to choose the "right" option, and consequently scored lower than I should have.

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  6. I'm not a narcissist but I am authoritarian:-/

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  7. Similarly to Anna, I only scored a seven, but high on "authority". So, does that mean we have inferiority complexes, or a pragmatic sense of self, coupled with a healthy ability to lead if called upon to do so? Some of the responses, I think, are indicative of age. When I was young, I had no problem strutting my stuff in a bikini. Now, you'd have to kill me first and stuff my dead body into one.

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  8. I'm narcissistic as hell, but only because I'm so awesome it's impossible not to be in love with myself.

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  9. I agree with Anna about the middle ground thing. As with others, I am apparently high on the authoritarian scale, with a secondary exhibitionist streak. And I have no vanity? I was annoyed to be graded average, because, after all I am brilliant!

    Matt's comment cracked me up.

    Great job on your writing, Sarah, and I hope you have an equally productive weekend. Looking forward to next week's post.

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  10. I scored a 10, so average.

    I'm hoping to work on edits this weekend, so good luck to everyone els on their own projects :)

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  11. I got a 14. I feel too comfortable with myself to put some of the responses that sounded weak to me, so I clicked the stronger one, even if it was a little bit obnoxious-sounding.
    So Phew--average range is great news!

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  12. What I found most interesting about that questionnaire were the different aspects of the disorder. I hadn't considered that before. I scored a 9, but I didn't like some of the choices. I sort of felt there should be a middle ground! :D Good luck with your weekend goals.

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  13. Congrats on meeting your writing goals!

    A lot of leaders in the writing community!

    I, too scored high on authority. I think that was too be expected, since I'm a teacher and am constantly finding myself in leadership roles. Interesting, however that my self-sufficiency score was low. So, I can lead others, but I can't take care of myself? That sounds like trouble.

    Oh, and my overall score is high. A little too high. :/ Is it so wrong for me to acknowledge my own awesomeness?

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  14. Not too bad with an 11. I'll take it.

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  15. Got a 10. Some of those questions were really interesting! The one that said 'being successful in the eyes of the world' vs. 'finding happiness' was definitely a thinker.

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  16. I got a 3. and all 3 points were in superiority, which is slightly frightening to me.

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  17. I scored a 12. I'm with Kristen and Lisa--some of the answers tend to go the extreme end of the spectrum, and though I'm neither one, I had to click something! I scored high on authority and self-sufficiency. Also on exploitativeness, which shocked me 'cause i really don't use other people for my own gain. Unless I clicked something by mistake. Hm.

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  18. I scored quite low.

    So happy to hear about your word count!! I'm going to drink a Guinness to you tonight. :P

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  19. That was fun. And *whew* I didn't plunge headfirst into that pond (I was really really afraid I might). Scored a 14, almost half of which came from the authority/leadership thing, like a couple other of the commenters. This will be a v. interesting week on your blog. See you here.

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  20. Interesting stuff! I think we all have narcissistic tendencies...it gets rough when that goes to the extreme, tho, LOL!

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  21. I scored a 10 overall and I scored high on superiority. So I am not a narcissist, but I do think I am better than everyone else?

    What I found a bit strange was that I really wanted to pick both answers in some cases.

    The thought of ruling the world frightens the hell out of me, but I think I would do a better job than some of the people who are currently in charge.

    I like to have authority over other people, but I don't mind following orders.

    Compliments embarrass me, but I do like to be complimented.

    I could go on. Many of these statements are things that could be simultaneously and equally true. For me at least.

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  22. Yay on the WIP! And I scored 7. Not sure what that means. LOL. I agree w/Christina above. I like compliments, but depending on what they're about, I sometimes get embarrassed by them. I'm a hard nut to crack. LOL

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  23. Ha, I scored a little higher than I'd have liked! I think I'd better read through your coming posts!

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  24. Congrats on your word count goal!

    I scored a 5 and, like most of the other folks, showed a strong authority rating. Not sure what all that means, but it was interesting to take the quiz. Also, I agree with the person who said it is tough to answer some questions since there doesn't seem to be much middle ground.

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  25. I scored an 8, but didn't check the authority rating. Hmm... maybe I should take it again. What does it mean if you're low? What's the opposite of narcissistic?

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  26. Now I got a 7. I'm low across the board:


    Authority: 1.00
    Self-Sufficiency: 0.00
    Superiority: 2.00
    Exhibitionism: 2.00
    Exploitativeness: 1.00
    Vanity: 1.00
    Entitlement: 0.00

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  27. Fun quiz and good links. I scored pretty low too. Hope that's not a bad thing.

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