Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale (MCNS)

Author of Tool: 

Cheek, Hendin, & Wink

Key references: 

Cheek, J. M., Hendin, H. M., Wink., P. M. (2013) An extended version of the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale, Association for Research in Personality, June Posters 2013.  

Primary use / Purpose: 

Extended Version of Hypersensitivity Narcissim Scale which measures narcissistic tendencies


The clinical diagnostic criteria for the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (DSM-III) (American Psychiatric Association, 1980) stimulated the interest of personality psychologists in the normal range of individual differences innarcissistic tendencies (Emmons, 1987; Raskin & Terry, 1988; Wink &Gough, 1990). The fundamental distinction between overt and covert narcissism in the normal range of individual differences are the constructs of the Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale (MCNS).


The alpha reliability of the scale is .89 compared to .75 for the original scale, and it correlated .65 with the MMPI measure of covert narcissism. 



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