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Is There A Relation Between Narcissism And Poor Character
No :): Unhealthy narcissism is not an indication of "poor character" so much as an indication that the person, as a child, was probably not given enough positive reinforcement and stroking. As a result, the person has a craving to be stroked and validated and complimented and often the center of attention. But this does not make the person a bad person, just a vulnerable person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lack of empathy: I agree with my colleague that narcissistic personality disorder and alzheimer's dementia are very different conditions. But as an alzheimer's patient sinks deeper into illness, s/he can lose empathy for others. This can be very difficult for family members or other caretakers who want appreciation. Some might call the patient "narcissistic" at that point, but this not a correct diagnostic term. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a substantial difference between having an addiction to sex or simply having poor moral character?
Probably: Addictions of any kind involve more than just temptation and moral weakness - there appears to be a vulnerability to addiction that is due to how the brain's Dopamine / reward system works. Plenty of folks with poor moral character never develop addiction. And some people with otherwise good moral character fall into addiction. ...Read more
One is a disorder : Narcissistic personality disorder is by definition a disorder, meaning it has to cause signficant dysfunction in one's life, health, employment etc. It involves not so much confidence as self-love, meaning to be infatuated with who you are and one's accomplishments to the excusion fo all others. Self-confidence is more a healthy knowledge of one's own abilities and would be considered a good thing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy & unhealthy: Having the capacity to feel good about yourself for the things that you can do well is a sign of maturity and healthy development. Narcissism per se can be either unhealthy (a person who is "full of" herself) or healthy (as you suggested, a person who has appropriate confidence in herself). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the difference between the clinical and the everyday use of the word narcissism i.E. Why would you need to label a prevalent personality type?
One of those: Narcissistic disorder is one of the few diagnosis in the dsm system in which the lay term almost coincides with the definition. Personality disorders are pervasive patterns of behavior, which is different from limited individual behaviors that could fit the description. That is why, in psychiatry, we tend to refrain from diagnosing personality disorders too soon, or at an early age. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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