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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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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 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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Can borderline personality disorder be inherited?

Can borderline personality disorder be inherited?

Borderline PD: Highly unlikely that there is any genetic component to it. BPD generally results from significant early life abuse/maltreatment. But an expert trauma therapist will take a thorough history because many patients diagnosed with BPD should be recognized as actually complex trauma. In the case of trauma, expert trauma treatment is the long term answer to reduce the distress and symptoms--don'tgive up! ...Read more

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Can I have borderline personality disorder (at 12?

Borderline: Diagnosis of personality disorders is not given before age 18. You might have the traits, if symptoms of borderline exist & are pervasive. ...Read more

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Could my friend have borderline personality disorder?

It's hard to know : Without any details. Why do you think she might have borderline personality? Ask again w' some details ...Read more

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Help please, what is borderline personality disorder?

Unstable/impulsive: A person with this disorder will also often exhibit impulsive behaviors &have the following symptoms: Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Feelings aloness. A pattern of unstable & intense interpersonal relationships which alternate between extremes of idealization & devaluation. Identity disturbance, significant & persistent unstable self-image, suicidal gestures/threats. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have borderline personality disorder?

How to tell if I have borderline personality disorder?

Consult psychiatrist: This can be a complex diagnosis, and i would not try to label myself or allow untrained others to label me this way. Instead, please consult with a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. Please understand that it may take more than one session for an evaluation of this nature. The doctor may need to review previous records, get psychological testing, etc. ...Read more

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How to know if I have borderline personality disorder?

How to know if I have borderline personality disorder?

Borderline: I would suggest that you begin with a consultation with a psychiatrist, and then go from there. Help is available! ...Read more

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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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Borderline Personality Disorder (Definition)

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition consisting of mood swings, ...Read more