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.
Sometimes overlap. Psychopath -- lacks conscience sociopath --- recurrently in legal trouble borderline --- unstable relations with people, fluid identity, feelings of emptiness and boredom narcissism -pathological overvaluation of the self often in reaction to defects in self esteem. These conditions sometimes overlap.
Disorders. A psychopath/sociopath are the same thing as antisocial personality disorder. this is a person with no real conscience or sense of right and wrong. Borderline PD is the person who has a disturbed sense of self, is emotionally volatile and over the top, impulsive, terrified of abandonment, is black and white in their thinking and self mutilates. The narcissist is the grandiose, egomaniacal person.

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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others without concern for whether they are hurting the person (i.e. Not having a conscience) ("sociopath" is an outdated term for psychopath) borderline personality=is typically a long-standing set of traits that cause extreme and chronic relationship problems narcissistic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...
Disorders. A psychopath/sociopath are the same thing as antisocial personality disorder. this is a person with no real conscience or sense of right and wrong. Borderline PD is the person who has a disturbed sense of self, is emotionally volatile and over the top, impulsive, terrified of abandonment, is black and white in their thinking and self mutilates. The narcissist is the grandiose, egomaniacal person. Read more...

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...
Pretty similar. Either, actually any, personality type could seem hurtful, that's not the difference. Borderlines tend to be "black and white" in thinking, unstable relationships, self-image, identity. Impulsive behaviors often lead to self-harm. Narcissists tend to be vane, seeking admiration and adoration. Neither necessarily wants to hurt or be hurt but either might do either. Help any? Read more...
Keep it simple. Above answers pretty much covered the main points. I hope that you and your girlfriend have not just diagnosed each other on the basis of reading about personality disorders. Second, if you have been formally diagnosed, please get help - so that you overcome these conditions rather than falling into the trap of using them as labels or excuses to feel and perpetuate hurt. Hope this helps. Good luck. Read more...

What's the difference between bi polar and borderline personality disorder?

Bipolar. Is mainly manifested in large mood swings, depression and mania (high energy). Borderline personality can also have mood swings but a major factor is his/her difficulty with relationships. This can be rooted in being suspicious, jealous, or lack of self esteem. A mental health professional can help. Peace and good health. Read more...
Bipolar vsBorderline. A simplified "in a nutshell" answer: 1-bipolar-mood drives actions; borderline-fear of abandonment drives actions 2-bipolar-moods not driven by daily life (appear random). Borderline-mood + or - triggered by day's events (feel abandoned/let down/disappointed) 3-bipolar-biological/chemical imbalance; borderline-caused by early childhood disruptions 4-bipolar-meds primary; borderline-meds+therapy. Read more...

What's the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

They may look alike. Bpd is a b cluster personality disorder (dramatic, emotional or erratic) ; includes marked impulsivity ; instability of - mood, interpersonal relationships, ; self image. It can be very dangerous as fluctuations of feelings are extreme ; intense. Bipolar is a mood disorder ; doesn't require the instability - but it's likely to be there. Both are painful ; hard to treat successfully - but worth it. Read more...
Very different. Borderline pd is a personality disorder -- meaning there are fixed behavior patterns that don't change with circumstances, causing significant problems in relationships, work, and school, etc. Bipolar d/o is a mood disorder, and the person could behave normally when not in an episode. Borderline pd may have rapid mood shifts and extreme rage, usually in relation to abandonment issues. Read more...
A lot and a little . This is too big a question to answer in such a small space. What is more interesting is what makes them similar. Bd is a mood disorder with discrete mood episodes and a return to normal between episodes, while bpd is pervasive, characterized by an unstable sense of self, impulsivity and unstable relationships. Still, some think that bpd could be related to bd. We find that meds for bd help bpd. Read more...
Borderline. Intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings from deep depression to the stratosphere of mania. Read more...

What's the difference between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Many. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which an individual develops severe episodes of depression or mania that come and go. Borderline personality disorder is a disorder in which a person has poor coping skills under stress. They may have explosive relationships and labile moods. They also have problems seeing people only as all good or all bad. Read more...
Can look similar. However, bipolar is a mood disorder which requires medication for stability, whereas borderline is a personality disorder characterized by a chronic pattern of perceptual and behavior abnormalities which requires psychotherapy and medications are used sparingly. Read more...
Borderline. Intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings from deep depression to the stratosphere of mania. Read more...
Bipolar. Bipolar is manic depression. Borderline is personality disorder. Both can have mood shifts, depression phases, rage episodes & self-harm, but borderline features are more pervasive, persistent, rapid cycling and resistant. Read more...

What's the difference between bipolar/depression and borderline personality disorder?

Can be confusing. The difficulty is that people with bipolar can have a few of the same symptoms as people with borderline personality (bpd). Also, the names are similar and someone can have both disorders! one sign of bipolar (vs. Bpd) is a positive response to mood stabilizing medication without a pathological fear of abandonment and chronically chaotic relationship patterns. Read more...
Borderline. Intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings from deep depression to the stratosphere of mania. Read more...

I want to know what is the difference between borderline personality disorder and depression?

Different. Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. Borderline personality disorder - refer to the website: http://depression.About.Com/library/quizzes/bpdquiz/blbpdscreenquiz.Htm. Read more...
Borderline PD. Borderline pd has an enduring & pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, sense of self, and moods/affects.The person fears both abandonment and intimacy. Depression is a mood disorder with changes in sleep, energy & appetite -- and between episodes, the person is well. Borderline pd may experience "abandonment depression, " which has a different pattern and context. Read more...