Is Blogging Making You a Narcissist?


If you run a blog mainly about what you're wearing, or you're a dedicated daily #selfie taker, chances are someone has thought (out loud or to themselves) that you're narcissistic. And maybe you are, a little. Freud said normal people have a healthy amount of narcissism. And it's just that: healthy and normal. We should love ourselves a little bit.

We should love ourselves a little bit.

Narcissistic personality disorder, on the other hand, is a pathological diagnosis that affects about 1% of the population. You can get a hint and where you fall on the spectrum by taking this 40-question quiz at Psych Central. I scored a 12, which the site tells me is normal, whew! Celebrities typically score around 18, and people with narcissistic personality disorder usually score 20 or higher.

Narcissistic personality disorder is a pathological diagnosis that affects about 1% of the population.

But if you scored between 12 and 15, you are normal, narcissism-wise. You have a realistic amount of self-esteem. You scored about the same as most other folks who don't take selfies (if any of those still exist) and who don't have fashion blogs. So next time someone calls you narcissistic because of your #OOTD ways? Say: “Thank you.”

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About The Author

In addition to being editor at IFB, Kristen writes for Forbes, Eat, Sleep, Denim, and her own blog, Stylenik. Previously, she served as the San Francisco editor for Racked, covering the intersection of retail, fashion, and technology. She has written about everything from human cloning to luxury shopping for publications including Wired, Gizmodo, Refinery 29, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in a '70s house in '70s clothes on the Northern California coast. 

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7 Responses

  1. Raquel

    This sounds very interesting, I have to take the quiz haha! I guess narcissism could be put with certain people, but all bloggers shouldn’t be stereotyped for it. Part of blogging is social media and self-promotion, it is just how the job works. In the end, you must respect yourself and love what you do.

  2. Ronlet Lovejoy

    not at all….. that’s why it’s important to give back (whether by highlighting other bloggers or collaborating with other bloggers)

  3. glowhunters

    Just started with blogging and quite fighting my way through more self-confidence when it comes to publishing selfies. On the one hand I would like to share a piece of my daily inspiration with others with respect to my clothes, make up or some detail but on the other I am afraid that I will be considered narcissist. This fear I especially have for my Facebook friends who liked my blog fb page (about all the fans I have there:() as they are coming from real life and they are not quite familiar that this is normal in blogging life. On the other hand I am in the opinion that you should be your own motivation and selfies are great way to explore that – nothing better than taking selfie in the mirror after brutal training session and track how your body is changing!

  4. Megan Hillard

    I am so going to take this quiz, I blog because I love interacting with other curvy girls and lovers of fashion.

  5. Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    Right because aren’t we all. I have been noticing that I also possess a strong inner compass signaling when it is time to blog about something other than an outfit because its I am getting bored with it. I am interested in fashion design in my hometown Frankfurt as much as all over Europe, just got back from Antwerp where I visited the fashion museum and its exhibition about Dries van Noten reporting about it on my blog. So thats what keeps my grounded 🙂 Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  6. Melody Sours

    As fashion bloggers, we do get a bad rep for displaying narcissism. However, this is hardly the case. We fawn over clothes, shoes, bags but not so much ourselves. I very rarely take a selfie that’s not meant to highlight an article of clothing or a handbag that I want to share.
    I think I speak for most of us when I say it’s our fun obsessions with pretty things not our mugs that keeps us posing and snapping!