The Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale (HSNS)
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A new measure of hypersensitive narcissism
was derived by correlating the items of H. A. Murray's
(1938) Narcism Scale with an MMPI-based composite
measure of covert narcissism. In three samples
of college students (total N = 303), 10 items formed a
measure: the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale (HSNS).
The new HSNS and the MMPI-based composite showed
similar patterns of correlations with the Big Five Inventory,
and both measures correlated near zero with the
Personality Inventory, which assesses overt narcissism.
Results support the theoretical distinction between
covert and overt narcissistic tendencies in the
normal range of individual differences and suggest that
be beneficial for personality researchers to measure
both types of narcissism in future studies.
There were 10 items which had significantly positive correlations
with the composite measure of covert narcissism in both samples. These
10 items formed a reliable scale which we named the Hypersensitive Narcissism
Scale (HSNS; alpha = .72 for Sample 1 of 109 college women, M = 28.7, SD = 6.2; alpha = .75 for Sample 2 of 151 college women, M = 29.7, SD = 6.1;
alpha = .62 for Sample 3 of 143 college men, M = 29.3 SD = 4.7). Because
the alpha for the male participants in Sample 3 was relatively low, we
also scored the new HSNS in another group of 101 college males from Cheek
and Melchior's (1985) data, who had completed Murray's Narcism Scale, but
not the NPI, and obtained a mean of 29.8, a standard deviation of 6.0,
and an alpha of .76.
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.
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