Narcissistic Personality Inventory-13

The Narcissistic Personality Inventory - 13 (NPI-13) was developed by Gentile et al. (2013). It is a shortened version of the 40-item NPI.

The authors describe trait narcissism as a trait on a continuum with features of "a grandiose sense of self, feelings of entitlement, and a dominant and antagonistic interpersonal style (p. 1120)."

Scale and subscales

The NPI-13 has three subscales (Cronbach alpha values in parentheses):

Leadership/authority (.66)

Grandiose Exhibitionism (.65)

Entitlement/ exploitativeness (.51)

Total Scale alpha = .73.

Psychometric Properties

In general, the three NPI scales were significantly positively correlated with grandiose scales from the PNI and NGS, psychological entitlement, and both self-report and interview-based symptom of NPD. All three were also positively related to self-esteem scores," (Gentile et al., 2013, p. 1124).

The authors also found positive correlations between the NPI scales and DSM-IV-TR personality disorders of paranoid, antisocial, and histrionic.

See Gentile et al. (2013) below for details of the two studies and how the NPI-13 and other versions performed.

Sample items

I like having authority over other people.

I have a strong will to power.

Read more about Narcissistic  Personality Disorder

 and the other two components of the "Toxic Triad."

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The 13 test items are listed in the PsycTESTS entry listed below.

Gentile, B., Miller, J. D., Hoffman, B. J., Reidy, D. E., Zeichner, A., & Campbell, W. K. (2013). Narcissistic Personality Inventory–13. PsycTESTS. 

SCOPES domain = O/ Observable behavior patterns/personality

Cite this post

Sutton, G. W. (2021, January 12). Narcissistic Personality Inventory-13. Assessment, Statistics, and Research.


Gentile, Brittany, Miller, Joshua D., Hoffman, Brian J., Reidy, Dennis E., Zeichner, Amos, & Campbell, W. Keith. (2013). A test of two brief measures of grandiose narcissism: The Narcissistic Personality Inventory–13 and the Narcissistic Personality Inventory-16. Psychological Assessment, 25(4), 1120-1136. doi: 

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   Psychology's Toxic Triad (Narcissism, Psychopathy, Machiavellianism)

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