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Doctor insights on: Borderline Personality Disorder And Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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What are the main differences between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder?

What are the main differences between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder?

Major differences: Psychopath= a person who exploits others without concern for whether they are hurting the person (i.e. Not having a conscience) ("sociopath" is an outdated term for psychopath) borderline personality=is typically a long-standing set of traits that cause extreme and chronic relationship problems narcissistic personality=long-standing belief and acting that one is superior to others. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Narcissism (Definition)

A pervasive sense of grandiosity in fantasy or behavior, lack of empathy, need for admiration, fantasies o unlimited success, sense of entitlement, envious of others, often arrogant, exploitive of others as well as other characteristics. Person would definitely benefit by therapy but often by nature of the condition the person doesn't believe that there is ...Read more


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What is the difference between narcissitic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder I have borderline personality disorder and my girlfriend has narcissistic personality disorder and she says we are exactly alike only i never want to hurt

What is the difference between narcissitic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder I have borderline personality disorder and my girlfriend has narcissistic personality disorder and she says we are exactly alike only i never want to hurt

A : A person with a borderline personality disorder and a person with a narcissistic personality disorder may have a lot in common. The major similarity is difficulty with their relationships with others. An individual with a personality disorder perceives their world and interacts with it in a way that causes them impairment and distress. A person with a borderline personality disorder can experience strong changes in their moods. They may become depressed or anxious, with dramatic anger or rage. They may engage in self injury such as cutting or burning their skin. At times of stress they might threaten to kill them self or may attempt suicide. Risky and impulsive behaviors such as promiscuity, having sex without protection, reckless driving, gambling, over-spending, drug use or abuse of alcohol may occur. Someone who is borderline is usually very fearful of losing the people that are important in their life; of being abandoned. An individual with a narcissistic personality disorder usually is egocentric. They tend to think about their own needs before the needs of others. They may believe that they are superior to others and that they are unique. They may expect special treatment as well as praise from others. Their lack of empathy can lead to problems in their relationships with others. Sometimes they take advantage of others and envy is not uncommon. As you and your girlfriend go through therapy, you should both gain progressively more knowledge about each of your conditions. I hope this information is helpful. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissism?

What's the difference between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissism?

Personality problems: Psychopath and sociopath describe someone who lies, cheats, steals, exploits others, and has no remorse -- like antisocial personality disorder. Narcissistic pd exploits others too, but they feel entitled and there's not so much lying. Antisocial does it b/c he feels everyone else does it. Borderline pd needs others desperately & falls apart when rejected. Dramatic, unstable, self-injuring. ...Read more

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Can historic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder similar or difference?

Differences: Narcissists have a pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration and a lack of empathy. They are often arrogant, think that they are important, exaggerate their achievements and have a sense of entitlement. Histrionics are overly dramatic and appear like they are acting. They are seeking attention and may be overly sexualised. Their emotions are overexaggerated. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have both schizotypical personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder?

Yes, but look deeper: One can have two personality disorders, they aren't "mutually exclusive". However you may consider looking deeper at some treatable cause of these symptoms. For example an untreated anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder can sometimes present with these types of issues, and both of these can be treated more easily than a personality disorder! ...Read more

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What is narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissism: Selfish, inflated self esteem, not care for others' needs or feelings, love of self. ...Read more

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What is the narcissistic personality disorder?

What is the narcissistic personality disorder?

Much Self-Importance: It's a condition in which there is an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with oneself. As with all personality disorders, a mental health professional diagnoses the disorder after a psychological evaluation of the history and severity of the symptoms. Psychotherapy (talk therapy) may help a person with the disorder improve functioning and relationships with others. ...Read more

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Can narcissistic personality disorder be cured?

Can narcissistic personality disorder be cured?

Generally Not: Personality disorders are generally not curable. They can be modified in some cases with a lot of therapy over a long time. However, since those with narcissistic pd are likely to think that if there is a problem then it someone else and not themselves, they often are not very amenable to therapy actually working. ...Read more

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Could I have narcissistic personality disorder?

Could I have narcissistic personality disorder?

See below: We all have different personality traits at certain points in our lives. If you need to know your diagnosis, you will have to be evaluated face-to-face by a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Some things just cannot be diagnosed over the internet :) ...Read more

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Narcissistic personality disorder, what is this?

Narcissistic personality disorder, what is this?

Grandiosity: The hallmark of a narcissist is grandiosity, feelings of being special, inability to empathize with others, and intolerance of criticism of any kind, real or imagined. The core of a narcissist however, believe it or not, is terrible self-esteem that the narcissist cannot bring him or herself to look at. ...Read more

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How can you treat narcissistic personality disorder?

How can you treat narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissistic PD: Treating narcissistic pd requires intensive, long-term psychotherapy with an experienced therapist. These people usually don't seek treatment until marital or work relationship problems cause enough distress to force the issue. They are exquisitely sensitive to slights or criticism, and intense shame and scathing rage can disrupt the therapeutic relationship. The therapist walks a thin line. ...Read more

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Is narcissistic personality disorder a serious problem?

YES: It is for the people in the narcissist's life. Narcissist's are insenstive mates. They invest in others to get something back. When there are two pieces of pie, the narcissist will consistently take the big piece. Narcissists often get off on making other people feel inferior & insignificant. The narcissist needs lots of strokes & admiration. Narcissists cause other pain. ...Read more

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Any benefit if I have narcissistic personality disorder?

Perhaps some: Often people who are (unhealthily) narcissistic are very charming and impress people enough with their self-confidence and capacity that they manage to rise high in the ranks. Ultimately, such people are rather self-involved, do not tend to appreciate others, and have difficulty participating in mutually satisfying relationships. Many of our politicians are quite narcissistic! ...Read more

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Who would want to cure narcissistic personality disorder?

Psychotherapists: Many psychotherapists are specifically interested in working with personality disorders and develop a special expertise in this area. Given how prevalent npd is, however, most therapists work with individuals with this diagnosis, or definitely traits of it... ...Read more

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Can the mmpi test identify narcissistic personality disorder?

Yes: An mmpi result could be consistent with a narcissitic personality disorder. However psychological testing results alone should not be used to make the diagnosis. The results can be used to help confirm what is noted with formal evaluation. ...Read more

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Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder)?

It is hard to know: Without more details. What makes you think they might have this disorder? You can read more about the disorder and see if their personality fits the description, but we can't make that diagnosis online without meeting the perdon. ...Read more

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Please explain what does narcissistic personality disorder mean?

Narcissim is the: Condition wherein a person focuses very much on his/her own needs and point of view and has very little concern for the point of view of others. When it is a personality disorder it is more deeply ingrained in the psyche of a person and harder to treat. Narcissim can cause major problems in relationships. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If someone has narcissistic personality disorder what can we do?

If someone has narcissistic personality disorder what can we do?

Who is "we"?: Narcissistic personality can be treated effectively in psychotherapy, specifically psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy. It is generally long-term therapy. If by "we" you mean friends or family who have to deal with the person (not the person himself/herself), that is a different question. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder with fixed and pervasive patterns of inner experience and outer behavior involving grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy for others. The person expects to be treated as superior, believes s/he is more special than others, and exploits others. Beneath all this lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more