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The One Question that Reveals If One Is a Narcissist

iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The greatest love of all, Whitney Houston once sang, is the love one has for his or herself. However, even that love can get out of hand, given how some people are enamored with themselves at the exclusion of just about everyone else.

Psychologists call these people narcissists, and given the popularity of selfies on social media, it seems like an epidemic.

According to Brad Bushman, an Ohio State University researcher, there’s typically a 40-question survey that is used to determine whether one exhibits narcissistic traits.

However, Bushman contends that if you want to get to the meat of the matter quickly, all it takes is one question to determine if a person is truly self-centered and that is, “To what extent do you agree with the statement, 'I am a narcissist'?

On a scale of one to seven, with seven being “very true,” Bushman determined that those likely to considers themselves narcissists were generally young and males.

The study did not analyze whether someone suffers from diagnosed narcissistic personality disorder, which can interfere with day-to-day living.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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