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Narcissistic Sociopath Symptoms
A sociopath is someone who exemplifies antisocial personality disorder. Sociopaths are glib and superficially charming; they are masters of influence and deception. They have no guilt or remorse about exploiting or manipulating other people; winning is the most important thing. They can use words poetically and almost hypnotically. When veracity is challenged, ...Read more
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
What are the main differences between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder?
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others without concern for whether they are hurting the person (i.e. Not having a conscience) ("sociopath" is an outdated term for psychopath)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
I have a problem with compulsive lieing and minupliating people to get my ways I'm scared to death I'm A sociopath. Are these symptoms?
I commend you for being honest about compulsive lying and manipulating people to get my ways.
Being “scared to death I'm A sociopath” indicates that you want to improve yourself.
You are not sociopath if you do not have reckless disregard for your other’s, safety, have remorse for your actions, do not get in physical fights or assault, do not get arrested, and follow the LAW.
Have Therapy. ...Read more
Antisocial pathology: Sociopaths are individuals who have limited capacity for remorse, empathy, or sympathy with regard to others. They often use others to their own advantage and care little of the harm that may come to others in the process. Extreme examples would be criminals, murderers, and serial killers who do not feel guilt the same way that empathic people do. Often times they come across as slick/smooth. ...Read more
Basically Same: The term "sociopath" is a description have used with people who have antisocial personality disorder. The hallmark of this disorder is a lack of regard or empathy for other people. This type of person will tend to use others only for personal gain and will tend to be calculating and callous in dealing with others. Episodes of aggression are often seen as well. ...Read more
NPD does: The dsm-iv diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder (npd) does, more info here: http://www. Behavenet. Com/narcissistic-personality-disorder. But narcissism is used as an everyday, non-psychiatric label too. In an informal sense it may mean someone who is self-important or too proud of themselves. Many psych terms have a technical meaning and are used in casual speech too. ...Read more
Narcissism: The person believes s/he is special or unique -- more so than others. May also be preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success and power. Feels entitled to special treatment and deference from others; is haughty and lacks empathy for others. Needs excessive admiration, and when this isn't forthcoming, may erupt in rage. May exploit others without concern for their needs. ...Read more
I suspect a relative might have narcissistic personality disorder. What are the most common symptoms/traits and how is it usually diagnosed?
Some obvious signs..: Narcissistic personality disorder: grandiose sense of self-importance, having arrogant behavior or attitude, a need for excessive admiration, having interpersonally exploitive behavior, with a lack of empathy, is envious of others or believes that others are envious of him; has a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, etc... ...Read more
No: Sociopaths by definition have underdeveloped superegos or more simply, no conscience. They do not know the difference between right & wrong, have no moral code of ethics and therefore do not feel shameful when they have done something wrong. ...Read more
These people: Generally don't really care about others in a genuine way. They may appear to be in your camp, but it is only to further their own causes, which are usually sinister. Common beliefs are that sociopaths lack conscience and remorse. Read: The Sociopath Next Door for an excellent, well-written explanation of this very complicated and potentially very difficult condition. ...Read more
See Sociopath below:
sociopath is defined as someone who is suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder. Sociopaths show a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights and feelings of others.
The spciopath is seen as a criminal, even killers, such behavior isn't essential to the dx. Of Antisocial Personality Disorder. The criteria include that the pt. Must be 18 or older & show a pattern deceit & lack of empathy ...Read more
Nature vs nurture: I believe the current thinking is that sociopathy is more genetic than psychodynamic. In other words, you're a sociopath for the same reason nonsociopaths are not: you were born that way. Like Donald Trump. Interesting that you're curious; I thought that because sociopaths have no conscience, they don't care how they got that way. Maybe you're less of a sociopath than you think. ...Read more
See a psychiatrist: A formal psychiatric evaluation can establish diagnosis properly in your case. See a dr, get better and make your life easier. Good luck. ...Read more
Overlapping terms: The two terms are often used synonymously. There is disagreement about the differences between the two terms and there is also difference of opinion regarding how to best measure psychopathy and whether there is a spectrum of psychopathic behavior and symptoms. Essentially, both are conditions where there is poor behavioral control, illegal behavior and a lack of remorse for hurting others. ...Read more
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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