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Psychopaths And Narcissists
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
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others without concern for whether they are hurting the person (i.e. Not having a conscience) ("sociopath" is an outdated term for psychopath) borderline personality=is typically a long-standing set of traits that cause extreme and chronic relationship problems narcissistic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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No :): Antisocial personality (aka sociopathy or psychopathy) speaks to "superego lacunae" (i.e., a swiss-cheese conscience that knows little remorse / little regret / little guilt), whereas unhealthy narcissism speaks to a more fragile / vulnerable sense of self that is needing constant external reinforcement and stroking. (btw, asocial personalities are simply not that comfortable around people.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
You may rate very: high on IQ testing but have difficulty relating to others. IQ is a genetic gift often unwrapped in an enriched environment. Makes a person no better or worse than anyone else. Please see a mental health professional for the antisocial part, which can be treated but takes work in between sessions to develop empathy and behaviors that help one relate. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Sociopath/Psychopath: are basically the same disorder. Sociopath is a newer term for psychopath. Some people debate slight differences but the terms refer to complete disregard for the feelings and rights of others. It's as if the person is born w/out a conscience. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
No relation: These are 2 different disorders. Exhibitionism is one of several paraphilias, and involves exposing one's genitals to unsuspecting strangers in public -- usually to get a response of shock or fear. More common in men. Women with histrionic pd may dress provocatively, but their motive is to draw attention and love, not to shock. They don't usually "flash" unsuspecting public either. ...Read more
No.: Schizophrenia is an actual disorder of the brain in which there are abnormalities in levels of neurotransmitters in different circuits of the brain. People with schizophrenia do not channel spirits or become possessed by entities although they may believe so as part of a delusional system. Psychic mediumship is a practice some people believe in but it is not integrated with schizophrenia. ...Read more
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