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.
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