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3 Minute Closet Narcissism Test

Based on the work of Dr. Jonathan M. Cheek, Ph.D.

Closet Narcissism is distinguished from normal narcissism by the fact that closet narcissists hide their grandiosity behind a façade of sensitivity or introversion.

Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who rank high in closet narcissism. Read each question carefully and indicate whether it applies to you or not.

Your privacy is protected. All results are anonymous.

Question 1 of 10

I feel that I have enough on my hands without worrying about other people's troubles.


The IDRlabs 3 Minute Closet Narcissist Test (IDR-3MCNT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-3MCNT is based on the work of Dr. Jonathan M. Cheek, Ph.D., Dr. Holly M. Hendin, M.D., Ph.D., and Dr. Paul M. Wink, Ph.D., who created the expanded version of the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale (The Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale). The IDR-3MCNT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or with any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs 3 Minute Closet Narcissist Test was informed by the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale, as published in Cheek, Jonathan & Hendin, Holly & Wink, Paul. (2013). An Expanded Version of the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale (The Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale). Hendin, H.M., & Cheek, J.M. (1997). Assessing Hypersensitive Narcissism: A Re-examination of Murray's Narcissism Scale. Journal of Research in Personality, 31, 588-599. Kaufman, S.B. (2013). 23 signs you’re secretly a narcissist masquerading as a sensitive introvert. Scientific American.

The work of Dr. Cheek, Dr. Hendin, and Dr. Wink has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the Maladaptive Closet Narcissism Scale, for clinical use, especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs 3 Minute Closet Narcissist Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, and their affiliated institutions.

The 3 Minute Closet Narcissist Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of covert and introvert narcissism, which is a more hidden condition than stereotypical narcissism and yet can suggest the same self-conceit and maladaptive behavior. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential personality disorder. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive mental health assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.

As the publishers of this free online 3-Minute Closet Narcissist test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs and symptoms of this condition, we have strived to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present 3-Minute Closet Narcissist Test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This 3 Minute Closet Narcissism Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to covert and introvert narcissism.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of Ph.D.s and M.D.s and is designed to deliver a clear picture of the respondent’s current behavior indicating closet narcissism as measured according to standardized items.

3. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.