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Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale (HSNS)

The Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale (HSNS) measures the second of two principal components in the construct of narcissism, the overt and covert forms. The first component (overt form) measures the externalizing and self-aggrandizing aspects of the disorder, while the second component measures the vulnerable and hypersensitive aspects of the disorder. While the first is most linked to delusions of grandeur and extravagance, the second is most linked to delusions of persecution and anxiety. Both are considered critical elements in defining the disorder, as individuals can often be both vulnerable and self-absorbed at the same time. The following test measures the covert form of narcissism. It is a 12-item questionnaire that takes between 4 and 8 minutes to complete.
Hendin, Holly M., & Cheek, Jonathan M. (1997). Assessing hypersensitive narcissism: A reexamination of Murray's Narcissism Scale. Journal of Research in Personality, Vol 31(4), 588-599. doi: 10.1006/jrpe.1997.2204 © 1997 by Elsevier.
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Item Very uncharacteristic
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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 an achievement with others.
5. I dislike being with a group unless I know that I am appreciated by at least one of those present.
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 feel that I have enough on my hands without worrying about other people’s troubles.
10. I am secretly ‘‘put out’’ when other people come to me with their troubles, asking me for my time and sympathy.


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