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Could psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists feel emotion?

Could psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists feel emotion?

Yes: Yes, they are human and feel emotion. Their reactions and the circumstances leading to those reactions may differ from others', though. ...Read more

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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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Why do borderlines sabotage their own interpersonal relationships?

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Why do borderlines sabotage their own interpersonal relationships?

Borderline: Chronic feelings of emptiness & guilt & despair with lack of trust in others, along with idealization/devaluation sense, make their relationships shaky & short-lasting as they fear rejection the closer they get to someone. ...Read more

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Can schizophrenic people have truly satisfying interpersonal relationships?

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Can  schizophrenic people have truly satisfying interpersonal relationships?

Schizophrenics: Sure they can, with proper treatments and depending on their support system. ...Read more

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How are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder different?

How are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder different?

There is similarity: Research has found few differences between the kinds of symptoms that people with sad and apd have. Because of the similarities between sad and apd, people are often diagnosed as having both disorders. Like sad, the central fear of people with apd is rejection, ridicule and humiliation by others. However, people with apd tend to have a broader range of symptoms, and the symptoms tend to be more se. ...Read more

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Do all people with narcissistic personality disorder really have low self esteem?

Do all people with narcissistic personality disorder really have low self esteem?

Narcissism: The hallmark of a narcissist is an immense ego, grandiosity, and self-importance, as well as being entitled, and a tendency to use and objectify others as well as thinking of people in all-good or all-bad terms instead of shades of gray. The core of a narcissist is profound insecurity. ...Read more

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Can narcissists and/or sociopaths steal your personality?

No...but...: No one can steal your personality. However, narcissists and/or sociopaths can manipulate an individual in a way that makes that person feel convinced that they are not in control. They seek power over others and can use subtle ways to achieve said power. ...Read more

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How come some people confuse borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder?

How come some people confuse borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder?

Different things: They are different things, but it is possible to have both. Both personality disorders may be characterized by recklessness, impulsivity, and manipulativeness. The causes are different, but some behaviors may superficially look the same. Borderline personality can be treated. True psychopathic or sociopathic personality is unlikely to respond to treatment. ...Read more

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Who are some celebraties with histrionic personality disorder?

Who are some celebraties with histrionic personality disorder?

Hard to say: Superficial guessing about such a thing would not be fair to anyone. And i hope you'll understand that most ethical doctors maintain the privacy of any patients for whom they come to a working diagnosis -- even those who are celebrities. ...Read more

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Epilepsy and impulsive behavior; any relationship?

Epilepsy and impulsive behavior; any relationship?

Could be: Especially if you possess complex partial seizures. Discuss with your neurologist, but do not disregard possibility of medication adverse effect, especially if you are taking a Dopamine agonist. ...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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Difference between avoidant personality and social anxiety disorder and social phobia ?

Difference between avoidant personality and social anxiety disorder and social phobia ?

Different condiions: One is a personality problem and need long term therapy. The other two are anxiety conditions and are easily treatable with medication/counselling. ...Read more

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Which mental disorder are manipulative personality and playing victim symptoms of?

Which mental disorder are manipulative personality and playing victim symptoms of?

Psychopath: When i hear about manipulative behavior this could be a psychopathic person who wants to "get one over" on you or it could be someone with a histrionic personality who would be manipulative to get one's attention not for the purpose of exploiting the person like the psychopath. Playing the victim can be from many different types of disorders (e.g. Trauma, borderline pd, ) or just personality styl. ...Read more

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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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Can someone with schizoid pd seem outgoing and socially engaged, despite a lack of sincere emotional interaction? Do they bond with family members?

Can someone with schizoid pd seem outgoing and socially engaged, despite a lack of sincere emotional interaction?  Do they bond with family members?

Schizoid PD: People with schizoid pd consistently lack desire for intimate human connection. They may have families and jobs, but keep people at a distance. They mostly appear cold and dull in affect. They would be unlikely to seem outgoing or socially engaged, but are able to respond to carefully selected others whom they need intensely. Some of these could be family. ...Read more

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Are all relationships spiritual or emotional rewards?

Are all relationships spiritual or emotional rewards?

Relationships: Our relationships offer us endless opportunities to grow and evolve. This may not always feel pleasant at the time. People tend to choose each other for unconscious reasons, and then struggle over issues that are sensitive to both. The most mutually satisfying relationships provide love, trust, connection, and affection that extend over time, no matter what stresses are also going on. ...Read more

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Can people with antisocial personality disorder legally keep their children?

Can people with antisocial personality disorder legally keep their children?

Legal Question: This is a legal, not a medical question. In most instances diagnosis is less important than behaviors. Usually if the person is a responsible and caring parent they will be considered for custody. For a more certain answer you should consult a family practice attorney in your legal jurisdiction. ...Read more

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Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

That is a lot going : On ; it doesn't sound like fun. Take on a little "can do" attitude. Encourage you to enlist the care of a good psychiatrist as well as a therapist/ psychologist. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). ...Read more

Narcissistic Personality (Definition)

Narcissistic personality disorder is a psychiatric disorder that usually first is apparent in adolescence or early adulthood. It is associated with the need for much more attention and appreciation than usual. A common theory is that underlying this need is a great sense of doubt about one's ...Read more