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Narcissism, in modern psychology refers to an abnormal affection of one's own image or one's own personality. Narcissism is characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance and superiority.
A sociopath suffers from an antisocial personality disorder which is defined by the APA (American Psychological Association) as ''a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood''. However, the term ''sociopath'' is highly controversial since the word literally means ''destroying society'' or ''destroyed by the society'' and thus it's an derogatory term not used anymore.
All in all, both terms are used in psychology to refer to certain personalities, albeit it denotes different types of psychological phenomenons, or issues if you will.
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Is there a difference between male and female narcissists?

Answer . In the manifestation of their narcissism, female and male narcissists, inevitably, do tend to differ. They emphasise different things. They transform different elements of their personality and of their life into the cornerstones of their disorder.. Women concentrate on their body (as they do in eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa). They flaunt and exploit their physical charms, their sexuality, their socially and culturally determined "femininity". They secure their Narcissistic Supply through their more traditional gender role: the home, children, suitable careers, their husbands ("the wife of ..."), their feminine traits, their role in society, etc.. It is no wonder than narcissists � both men and women � are chauvinistic and conservative. They depend to such an extent on the opinions of people around them � that, with time, they are transformed into ultra-sensitive seismographs of public opinion, barometers of prevailing winds and guardians of conformity. Narcissists cannot afford to seriously alienate those who reflect to them their False Self. The very proper and on-going functioning of their Ego depends on the goodwill and the collaboration of their human environment.. True, besieged and consumed by pernicious guilt feelings � many a narcissist finally seek to be punished. The self-destructive narcissist then plays the role of the "bad guy" (or "bad girl"). But even then it is within the traditional socially allocated roles. To ensure social opprobrium (read: attention), the narcissist exaggerates these roles to a caricature. A woman is likely to self-label herself as immoral and a male narcissist to self-style himself a "vicious, unrepentant criminal". Yet, these again are traditional social roles. Men are likely to emphasise intellect, power, aggression, money, or social status. Women are likely to emphasise body, looks, charm, sexuality, feminine "traits", homemaking, children and childrearing � even as they seek their masochistic punishment.. Another difference is in the way the genders react to treatment. Women are more likely to resort to therapy because they are more likely to admit to psychological problems. But while men may be less inclined to DISCLOSE or to expose their problems to others (the macho-man factor) � it does not necessarily imply that they are less prone to admit it to themselves. Women are also more likely to ask for help than men.. Yet, the prime rule of narcissism must never be forgotten: the narcissist uses everything around him or her to obtain his (or her) Narcissistic Supply. Children happen to be more available to the female narcissist due to the still prevailing prejudiced structure of our society and to the fact that women are the ones to give birth. It is easier for a woman to think of her children as her extensions because they once indeed were her physical extensions and because her on-going interaction with them is both more intensive and more extensive.. This means that the male narcissist is more likely to regard his children as a nuisance than as a source of rewarding Narcissist Supply � especially as they grow and become autonomous. Devoid of the diversity of alternatives available to men � the narcissistic woman fights to maintain her most reliable Source of Supply: her children. Through insidious indoctrination, guilt formation, emotional sanctions, deprivation and other psychological mechanisms, she tries to induce in them a dependence, which cannot be easily unravelled.. But, there is no psychodynamic difference between children, money, or intellect, as Sources of Narcissistic Supply. So, there is no psychodynamic difference between male and female narcissist. The only difference is in their choices of Sources of Narcissistic Supply.

Is there a difference between straight and gay narcissists?

Narcissism knows no sexual orientation. Now, there are two maintypes of narcissists, and they tend to fall mostly along genderlines. There likely isn't any research to see whether gay men aremore likely than heterosexual men to be "somatic-narcissists" asopposed to "cerebral-narcissists," though there are likely to beboth types among gay men and lesbians, as well as transgender. Sowhile orientation might influence the type of narcissist somewhat,particularly if there is some gender variance, there doesn't seemto be any evidence that any orientation is more or less likely tobe some type of narcissist. Somewhere along the line, someone at WikiAnswers has turned"narcissism", a personality trait of extreme selfishness into adescription of a Machiavellian personality. While Machiavelliansare usually narcissists, not all narcissists are Machiavellian.Narcissistic personality disorder is a term used by mental healthprofessionals to group together a variety of dysfunctionalpersonality traits that can vary in severity. Someone can be anarcissist and simply be so selfish and inconsiderate that it isdifficult for them to build meaningful relationships. For example,all four of the main characters in the television show "Seinfeld"could be considered narcissists. Of that cast, only the characterGeorge truly displays Machiavellian characteristics while the othercharacters are merely narcissistic. You should be wary when looking for psychiatric data on theinternet. Sometimes a little information from a therapist makespatients feel that they are experts in their disease and inpsychology as a whole. Overstating a condition or attributing to itall of their personal symptoms is a good indicator of this.

What is the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath?

There is a lot of debate about whether there is a meaningfuldifference between sociopaths and psychopaths. The DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used bypsychologists) lists both under the heading of Anti-socialPersonality Disorder, and there are different schools of thought onwhether they should be treated as distinct. Psychopaths and sociopaths both apparently lack a conscience. Bothwill engage in behavior that harms others with no feeling of guiltor remorse, and rarely consider the risks to others implicit intheir actions. They have an intellectual understanding ofpro-social emotions, but seem to feel no emotional bonds withothers. The result is that they can seem like perfectly decent andreasonable human beings in most situations, but can take bizarrelyinappropriate actions to satisfy perceived insults, fantasies, ormere whims. Those psychologists who make a distinction between the two usuallydo so on the basis of organization. Sociopaths are seen asdisorganized and rash, making extreme responses to normalsituations. They lack impulse control. Psychopaths, by contrast,are highly organized, often secretly planning out and fantasizingabout their acts in great detail before actually committing them,and sometimes manipulating people around them. Here are other opinions from the WikiAnswers community: . Some claim that the terms are interchangeable, and others claimthat Sociopaths can function in society and psychopaths cannot, orthe other way around. . According to the Princeton dictionary, they are synonyms ofeach other. . Although the Psychological process of denial of Consciencewithin the MIND of a sociopath and a psychopath is the same dynamic[Esoteric processes], the particular Fate Karma of the individualdetermines which behavioral expression one engages in, and it isthese behavioral expressions that modern mental health focus on andlabel as either sociopathic or psychopathic. . Some argue the sociopath to be less organized in his or herdemeanor, nervous and easily agitated - someone likely living onthe fringes of society, without solid or consistent economicsupport. A sociopath is more likely to spontaneously act out ininappropriate ways without thinking through the consequences. . Some argue that the psychopath tends to be extremely organized,secretive and manipulative. The outer personality is oftencharismatic and charming, hiding the real person beneath. Thoughpsychopaths do not feel for others, they can mimic behaviors thatmake them appear normal. Upon meeting, one would have more of atendency to trust a psychopath than a sociopath. . cause of the organized personality of the psychopath, he or shemight have a tendency to be better educated than the averagesociopath, who probably lacks the attentive skills to excel inschool. While psychopaths can fly under the radar of society, manymaintaining families and steady work, a sociopath more often lacksthe skills and drive for mimicking normal behavior, making"seemingly healthy" relationships and a stable home less likely.From a criminal standpoint, a sociopath's crimes are typicallydisorganized and spontaneous, while the psychopath's crimes arewell planned out. For this reason, psychopaths are harder to catchthan sociopaths, as the sociopath is more apt to leave ampleevidence in his or her explosions of violence. . A psychopath thinks 2+2=5 rather than 2+2=4. A sociopath knows 2+2=4, but hates to admit it. . There is no difference between a psychopath and a sociopath.The original term was psychopath but mental health professions wereconcerned that the public may confuse psychotic with psychopath.Psychopaths are generally not psychotic but the terms soundsimilar. Psychopaths are not suffering from psychosis. In order toavoid confusion, the term sociopaths was created to replacepsychopath. The is no difference between the characteristics of apsychopath and a sociopath. . Psychopaths are born (Disorganized Episodic Aggression) andsociopaths are made (Organized Sociopathic Hatred) . Sociopath: Egocentricity; Callousness; Impulsivity;Conscience defect; Exaggerated sexuality; Excessive boasting; Risktaking; Inability to resist temptation; Antagonistic, deprecatingattitude toward the opposite sex; Lack of interest in bonding witha mate . Psychopath: Glib and superficial charm; Grandiose senseof self-worth; Need for stimulation; Pathological lying; Conningand manipulativeness; Lack of remorse or guilt; Shallow affect;Callousness and lack of empathy; Parasitic lifestyle; Poorbehavioral controls; Promiscuous sexual behavior; Early behaviorproblems; Lack of realistic, long-term goals; Impulsivity;Irresponsibility; Failure to accept responsibility for own actions;Many short-term marital relationships; Juvenile delinquency;Revocation of conditional release; Criminal versatility . A psychopath is born that way. Antisocial Personality Disorderand Sociopaths are made through the environment. ALL psychopathshave an antisocial personality and may have traits of the"sociopath" as well BUT not all antisocial personalities arepsychopaths! . Both sociopaths and psychopaths are the common terms forsomeone who has Antisocial Personality Disorder, there is notechnical distinction between these two terms because neither ofthem is official. However psychopaths are traditionally thought ofas more physically violent, where as sociopaths are manipulativeand deceitful. . This is a politically charged topic in academic circles, andthere has been a lot of debate- but, in general, nothing. Mostacademics use the terms interchangeably, with sociopath being thepreferred term for sociologists/criminologists and psychopath thepreferred term for psychologists. . Some people use sociopath to mean a mild form of psychopath(i.e. someone who displays the behavioral traits but who lacks theemotional callousness). Some use sociopath to distinguish betweenthose who were born psychopaths and those who were made intopsychopaths by life experiences. Others use the termproto-psychopath to describe the latter group. . Due to the confusion between psychopathy and psychosis,sociopath became the preferred term for a while, but leadingresearchers in the field still use psychopath. . Psychopaths are loners that kill because their minds tell themto because they're influenced by their thinking and behavioralpatterns. Sociopaths kill because they don't see reality in allthat's around them; and what they see makes them display thepersona, and the personality of a pathological liar, conceal theirtrue identity, or disassociate from people, places and things. Asociopath seems to be more influenced by society, and lessinfluenced, by their thinking patterns, and psychological behavior. . The differences between a psychopath and a sociopath are there,many believe the two are synonymous. A sociopath is generally verycharming and charismatic, as well as very manipulating. They aredevious and underhanded before being violent. A psychopath isunpredictable and generally has no warning signs before becomingviolent.

What is the difference between a narcissist and sociopath?

Narcissists are so blindly in love with themselves they don't see their faults and are easily manipulated by flattery and the humoring of the vices they don't think they have. They also avoid any kind of distress, have a low tolerance for pain and generally fear punishment and consequences. Sociopaths' love deficiencies apply to themselves as well; they're aware of all their faults, and certainly are proud of their brilliant parasitism and Machiavellian ways, but that's about where they stop thinking they're the best. They know they're not visually stunning, vastly talented, god-like beings. They're just clever, detached and observant. Also, a real easy giveaway you're dealing with a sociopath is an oddly indifferent response to physical injury and a tendency to seduce or seek love more than sex and attention (A narcissist would more likely seek sex and attention).

Are most narcissists sociopaths?

Answer . Narcissists lack empathy just as sociopaths do, but narcissists have strong emotions (including love) where sociopaths don't. Sociopaths believe they're free from the rules of society, and as such, they should be able to have what they want, when they want it, and you'd best not get in their way. Fiction (and real-life prisons) are filled with sociopaths, from Bonnie and Clyde to white-collar criminals who've plundered the retirement plans of their employees. The only time you see repentance from a sociopath is when he's caught, and the remorse isn't for the victims but for himself.. Sociopaths are well suited for a life of crime, as they lack the internal moral workings that lead to feelings of guilt and empathy. Because of this, they stay calm when engaged in high-risk criminal behaviors. Studies looking at heart rate, blood pressure and other physiological indicators of stress have shown that sociopaths aren't easily flustered?a phenomenon referred to as "low arousal." This may also account for how sociopaths can often "trick" polygraph tests.. In Risk Factor, my villain is both sociopathic and narcissistic, a common mixture. What gives him added punch is his intelligence and ability to conceal his inner nastiness. The combination of sociopathy, high IQ and self-awareness is what creates mastermind criminals. These are the most successful sociopaths, as they know how to keep their criminal activities and lack of empathy well hidden. Some sociopaths, like John Wayne Gacy, who tortured, killed and then buried victims in the crawl space of his house, wear the mantel of respectability. This is the killer next door?the one who leaves the neighbors stunned and commenting, "He seemed like such a nice guy."

What is the difference between an egomaniac and a narcissist?

Here we go with that wonderful label "Narcissist" yet once again. Unless a psychiatrist/psychologist has labeled this person then they could simply be an egomaniac. Perfectionists or extremely intelligent people can give off an appearance of being a narcissist. It's a tough one to figure out, but whether they are a narcissist or an egomaniac both are trouble! answer I think most of the people reading this post are fairly aquainted with the traits of a narcissist. It may take some research or a diagnosis to know for sure, but I do believe that the difference is rather obvious when you learn a bit about the disorder. answer Its all so interelated. but it goes like this every narcissist is an egomaniac but not every egomaniac is a narcissist. Narcissist almost allways have a perfectionist or obsessive trait of somekind. But not all perfectionists are narcissists. and the paradox is, get this, all of us have a bit of narcissism in us. A personality is not one dimensional and you cant just tag any one label or compartmentalize somebody. IT has form and many dimensions with many possibilities. Just that we all have stong triats of one or the other and that is what makes us unique. Someone with any personality disorder diagnsed or not is going to have certain triats out of control, some rtreatable some are not. The cluster B personality disorders are the most difficult to treat if at all. Please note that a true narcissist was an abusive cruel mean nasty person BEFORE he was diagnosed or labeled one. some of them for decades. many of them never get a diagnoes. yet their victimes still suffer. You don't absolutely positively have to have a psychiatirst diagnose an N to decide for yourself. But you should explore and study all the options. and DONT openly acuse anyoe of being a narcisssit. That can and will get you in trouble. PS - There is nothing wonderfull about the label Narcissist. --- My first N-experience was diagnosed. The psychologist explained it all to me and warned I was likely to be exposed to another one in my lifetime. Watch for signs and stay away. so when this second N came into my life, this time a coworker with quite a reputation. The signs were not so easy to read at first. They are that clever. But flags popped up one by one over the course of THREE years. I would happenstance interview his many enemies and countless exes. I received a few scary phone calls from his mentally abused wife. I saw things before my eyes that made my hair turn on end. caught him in so many obvious lies all with out even trying. BINGO - another N ..only this time i KNEW - so i went online, read books, considered other possibilities. So far every suggestion and article on what they are about and how to deal with an N has worked. I have to see this man every day, speak with him and deal with it and the people he hurts. Reel them in, Chew them up and spit them out. But because i was experiencee because i educated my self and becasue i KNEW - HE is not going to ruin my life or cost me my job like he did Dozens of others before me. If i am making a big mistake LABELING this insect an N even then so be it. It's my life and no one is going to tell me i cant decide for myself how not to be hurt again. Once again, MOST victims of narcissists do not have the luxury of bringing their spouses/coworker in for a diagnoses.

How can you make others aware of a sociopath narcissist as to protect themselves?

Answer . If you were involved with one and he/she is a chameleon and fools others (only for a short time usually) then worry about getting on with your own life and realizing that others can look after themselves. Sociopath/narcissist will hang themselves every time ... they just have to open their mouths!

What is the difference between NPD and having narcissistic traits?

Answer . I would say that all of us have narcissistic traits. To me, having NPD means that you are non-human. You lack empathy, and you are unable to understand the feelings of others. If you have narcissistic traits you still have the ability to love others and regard their feelings as important. For instance, a person may be selfish (which is an N trait) for a temporary amount of time, but then he eventually comes around and realizes that he was wrong. My N never felt that he was wrong. He did so many cruel things to me, and even afterwards he felt that it was my fault. A person with a lot of N traits might be considered to have BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) , look it up. I think BPD is bad, but can prob. be treated. NPD cannot be treated. Look at a person with NPD like an alien.. We all know people with narcissistic traits, most of us have them to some degree and it is considered normal. NPD is a whole different ball of wax. These are people that will lie without conscience, they view others as simply tools to their own benefit. They feel that other human beings don't know the difference about anything (their lies, manipulation etc.) They simply do not understand empathy for another. Unless you have dealt with a person with a clinical NPD it's actually tough for most normal people to understand. It was at least for me. A person with NPD derives glee from causing anguish to others. When you catch them in a blatant lie and confront them, it's your fault for their lying to you because you were so stupid to have believed them in the first place. A good friend of mine once put it very well. "You will drive yourself crazy trying to rationalize the behavior of a mentally ill person. That's why they are considered mentally ill." NPD people are capable of keeping jobs and seeming normal to the outside. They are in fact extremely skilled liars. They can be wonderful, charming, sweet, seem kind and generous if they have a use for you. There are however quite a few telltale signs of NPD so if you start to see them do yourself a favor... Run away, and run fast.

What is the difference between narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Having Lived with a borderline NPD there are a few key differences... A true narcissist is almost totally wrapped up in themselves, and the entire world revolves around their needs and desires. The borderline I lived with had moments of minor concern for others, to a point of actually seeming to care how I felt or what I needed... She bought me a large tool box for Christmas, and had to lug it into the front room. It was to large to lift, but she managed to wrap it sitting on the floor. The tol box was a great thought for a present, but, I was constantly reminded of how much she cared for me because of the extra effort she had to go through to get it into the house and wrap it etc... and she usually reminded me when others were around... just to re-enforce my acknowledgement of how much she cared about me because of what she did... subtle but mostly it was about her... Thank the stars I am living alone now... after 10 yeaars I just had to 'walk away' from that abusive relationship...but still got a lawyer to protect my interest in the material properties... Think of a continuum, with Sensitivity at one extreme end and Insensitivity at the other. A Narcissist is close to the Insensitivity end, but a Borderline is close to the Sensitivity end. A Narcissist is halfway psychopathic. The difference is that they do have normal emotions. But they have no empathy. A Borderline can often be empathic to a fault, taxing his or her strength and putting others before him or herself until it becomes health-threatening. Borderlines have an extremely alert cerebral cortex and are easily excited. And they are most often excruciatingly sensitive. Often, they also have an overbearing and self-punishing conscience. Answer There are many similarities. Actually the Borderline and Narcissist both are wrapped up in their own universe with little or no concern for others and how their behavior affects others. However the N is wrapped up in his own self image and buries his emotions while the BPD is wrappd up in their imediate needs and have no control over their own emotions. The BPD is capable of empathy however because they have feelings for themselves as far as pain rejection etc. She only seems to empathize with you for a while only and *ONLY IF* it pertains to her universe. NPD expects others to revolve around his universe as if to be a satellite dependent on worshipping him as a god. While the BPD wraps her universe around you as if to FUSE your very existense to themselves, you are her universe. Both NPD and BPD are extremely fearfull of abandonment but handle it in two different ways. BPD will cling to you while the NPD ever concious of his self image will abandon you before you have a chance to abandon him. Both of them have excessive Rage emotions built up. The BPD will dump on you while the NPD dumps you alltogether. ( I use male for NPD and female for BPD because that is how the genders are likey to be diagnosed - however either geneder can suffer from either disorder) BPD has an arrested emotional development set at age three while NPD is set at age six. Some authorities suggest its all all along the same continuim as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. With NPD at one end and BPD at the other. They are both in the same "B" cluster of personality disorders also with histrionic and antisocial personality disorders. IN fact many BPDS have been co-morbidly diagnosed as also having NPD. The degree of functionality among three of them is something like this Histrionics are more able to function in society than narcisssists who in turn fare better than Borderlines. Those close to Borderline or Narcissist will find ways to deal with them are very much the same. Also the effect they have on others close to them are stikingly similar. Manipulating, lies, deception, self centeredness. and most of all a complete lack of concern for anyone but themselves. They just chose to cover it up in different ways. I know all this because my so called "mother" was a full blown (diagnosed) Borderline Personality Disorder and eventually got locked up because of it. I have also had two "relationships" with NPDs decades apart. Looking back the characteristics of them were nearly identical to Mommie dearest. They just concaeled their true intentions better. The first one I had no realization what was going on until it was too late and I'd been burned - Bad. the second one i found out just in time and GOT OUT! Anyone that has been raised by a borderline or narcissist will have a tendency to attract N's because they have already been "trained". If you even think you are getting involved with one of either get out now. They are nothing more than a parasite set to suck the very life out of you. ***Many people with BPD can and do recover if they are willing to get help and examine how their actions have affected others. Because they can empathize - just like a 3 year old can - it is possible for them to "grow up" mentally and emotionally with the help of a therapist/psychiatrist/support group. Doctors used to believe that is was very difficult to treat BPDs but are now finding that those diagnosed in their 20s often overcome many of their BPD behaviors by their 30s. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ABANDON a loved one with BPD. It's just like dealing with an alcoholic - you may have to pull away in order for them to get help, but once they do, they can see the error in their ways. i was diagnosed Borderline and i have almost recovered now. its taken 7 years. but i didn't try find my identity in another person, i felt i didnt really have an identity and didnt like myself so i tried to use other things to gain a sense of being. at the same time i often felt very in need of compliment sto bolster my fluctuating ego. Answer Both disorders tend to over-emphasize the centrality of the person who has the disorder in the wider scope. The differences tend to be in terms of motivation and the payoff. BPD tend to be heavily driven by a bipolar fear - fear of being hurt through intimate exposure of themselves to others, and fear of being isolated and abandoned. One may argue that these are two sides of the same fear, but with regards to the social expression of this fear, it results in rapid and unpredictable flip-flopping between adoration and repulsion. NPD tend to be heavily driven by autoerotic interest - pleasing themselves takes on a higher priority than fearing retribution, although high profile NPDs also tend to share paranoia - they seek to defend their perfect image of themselves and are easily frustrated by confrontations or challenges to their self-image. Both disorders can result in the individual losing all sense of boundaries of self due to lack of emotional discipline. The difference is often that BPD will recognize and admit that they have feelings of inadequacy and will even use expression of those feelings to prevent isolation. NPD will never recognize such feelings - the external world serves either to support their grandiosity or it cowers in secretive jealousy. Both disorders also include the attitude that they are special cases and therefore have special entitlements or are above the law. In the case of BPD, this can result in erratic stalking behavior or pre-emptive defense tactics that come off to stable individuals as excessive and/or overtly aggressive. In the case of NPD, this results in exploitative behavior towards any who are perceived as weak, poor, naive, etc. Many sexual abuse cases involve NPD - often with children who were also raised by NPD parents and are thereby groomed to respond to the emotional needs of adults. NPD patients often struggle with pornography and narcotics addictions. Both disorders utilize deceit. BPD will unconsciously rescript historical events in order to justify their behavior and avoid shame and ostracism. Deceit for a BPD is closer to an involuntary trauma response. NPD will consciously fabricate historical events to portray a reflection of their ideal self-image. Deceit for an NPD is a form of willful self-delusion. BPD has slightly better treatment odds than NPD - though both disorders are very challenging for any therapist to treat. In most cases treatment stops either because of the client's grandiosity or paranoia. At times treatment stops when clients become too much of a drain on the therapist's psyche or time schedule.

What is the difference between a narcissist and a psychopath?

The Defining characteristic of the narcissist is grandiosity. The narcissist is more likely to be attention seeking, envious and to desire admiration. The defining characteristic of the sociopath/psychopath is callousness. The sociopath/psychopath is more likely to engage in illegal activity, to be aggressive, impulsive and deceitful.

Differentiate sociopaths psychopaths and narcissists?

The Defining characteristic of the narcissist is grandiosity. The narcissist is more likely to be attention seeking, envious and to desire admiration. The defining characteristic of the sociopath/psychopath is callousness. The sociopath/psychopath is more likely to engage in illegal activity, to be aggressive, impulsive and deceitful. All sociopaths are narcissistic but plain narcissists are not also sociopaths A psychopath is more likely to use violence rather then the narcissist. Narcissist is not as "bad" as the psychopath. . Disorganized Episodic Aggression: (psychopath-born) . Organized Sociopathic Hatred: (sociopath-made) . Ritualistic behavior. Superficial charm and "good" intelligence. Attempts to conceal mental instability. Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational behavior. Compulsivity. Absence of "nervousness" or psychoneurotic manifestations. Periodic search for help. unreliability. Severe memory disorders and an inability to tell the truth. untruthfulness and insincerity. Suicidal tendencies. lack of remorse or shame. History of committing assault. inadequately motivatedantisocial behavior. Hypersexuality and abnormal sexual behavior. poor judgment and failure to learn by experience. Head injuries; injuries suffered at birth. pathological egocentricity and incapacity for love. History of chronic drug or alcohol abuse. general poverty in major affective reactions. Parents with history of chronic drug or alcohol abuse. specific loss of insight. Victim of childhood physical or mental abuse. unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations. Result of an unwanted pregnancy. fantastic and uninviting behavior with and sometimes without drink. Product of a difficult gestation for mother. suicide rarely carried out. Unhappiness in childhood resulted in inability to find happiness. sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated. Extraordinary cruelty to animals. failure to follow any life plan. Attraction to arson without homicidal interest. Symptoms of neurological impairment. Evidence of genetic disorder. Biochemical symptoms. Feelings of powerlessness and inadequacy.

What is the difference between a pathological liar and a sociopath?

My experience has been a sociopath requires victims to hurt. A pathological liar's primary concern is not the injury of other beings.

What is the difference between narcissistic personality disorder and schizophrenia?

Answer . The two disorders are very different. Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder which usually involves hallucinations such as hearing voices, bizarre behavior, paranoia and disorganized thoughts and behaviors. Medication is necessary to treat this disorder, as it is a medical condition. Therapy does not generally help other than to help the patient cope with stress and comply with medications.. Narcissistic personality disorder is a different type of disorder. It is not medical, as it deals more with the organization of a person's personality. It does not include symptoms such as hallucinations, disorganization, etc. There is no medical treatment for this disorder, treatment includes intensive therapy for many years. A patient with Narcissistic PD shows traits such as lack of empathy for others, feelings of superiority and a pathological need to be associated with wealth, success and fame.

What is the difference between histrionic and narcissistic personality disorders?

histrionic and narcissistic are both personalty disorders that have to do with Inferiority of pepole. histrionic people cant help but feel that they themselfs are inferior to everyone else they feel as though they are worthless and can not live up to other people Poltentional of other people. were as people who suffer from Narcissistic believe that everyone is inferior to them, the worlds most famous narcissisic person is the Serial killer ted bundy Histrionics need attention both negative and positive attention is attention. Narcissists need ALL POSITIVE attention.

What is a sociopath with narcissistic characteristics?

A sociopath is somone who has anti-social tendencies, or, to put it smply, doesn't wnt to communicate with anyone very much and has little interest in relationships, long-term or short-term. DF04/09 Wrong. Antisocial tendencies are defined as disruptive and criminal behaviour adverse to society and social cohesion. Not a lack of interest in communication; the latter would be schizoid personality disorder. A narcissist is someone who obsess over themselves. The word "narcissistic" is derived from the "Narcissus" a boy with the same condition. Classic Greek story, that was. People fall in love with self-obsessed boy, boy sees his reflection, boy falls in love with reflection, boy falls in water and dies. A sociopath with narcissistic tendencies is not "TROUBLE!" as the last user decided to say, but they could be a problem in the future, as their refusal to communicate much would be a major roadblock. Wrong again. A sociopath with narcissitic characteristics would be cold, callous, unempathic, unremorseful AND full of themselves. They would be manipulative, needy for narcissistic feedback and in addition have no remorse for any of their actions.

Do sociopaths or narcissists return to their victims?

Sociopaths crave victims and narcissists need people to feed their self importance. Yes, but they get bored very easily. Once they've had their fun they'll dump you. It's like eating a bag of crisps, for them: once it's empty, you throw the packet away. You're not "fun" any more. They crave victims but unfortunately there is no shortage of people who'll fall for that warmth and charmth.

What is the difference between narcissistic personality disorder and Histrionic personality disorder?

I am no expert but I have done ALOT of reading on both because I first thought my gf was narrcist. But reading on this I noticed histrionic kept coming up. In my opinion with what I have read and knowing her there is not much different at all. Histrionic personality disorder seems to be more common in women than men. And narrcist is more common in men. Histrionics use seduction and flirtation to get attention and draw people in. And she would flirt with any female. Let me be clear I am a lesbian and this hasn't been discussed much on this forum. But she is text book histrionic. She would even flirt with older much older women. She claimed she did it to make them feel good. But actually it made her feel good knowing they got something out of her flirting with them it fed her ego. She flirted to the point that it was embarrassing and disrespectful to me. There is not much difference at all. I started questioning all of her odd behavior the tantrums flrting, accussing me of things trying to push people out of my life. She began looking for other women online while telling me I was the love of her life. Then she dumped me when she found another. Totally ignoring me like i was nothing. SO they are very similar which is why u see them both mentioned together alot. Also, personality disorders are all the same as far as their goal which is all about them they dont feel for others. I think one difference is just a matter of how they go about getting what they want.

Difference between narcissist and self centered?

All people are born self centered. As we grow, while we remain self centered, we also engage in empathy and so we become better at it and the other person's perspective is thought off more frequently. However, we never cease to be self centered. \n. \nNarcissists, on the other hand, don't have that flexibility. The flexibility to move between the different mental states in thinking about our own experiences and the other's. narcissists can only be self centered. They can not do the empathy. \n. \nSo the difference that the self centered human organism becomes narcissistic when the are rigidly stuck only in self centerdness.. All people are born self centered. As we grow, while we remain self centered, we also engage in empathy and so we become better at it and the other person's perspective is thought off more frequently. However, we never cease to be self centered. \n. \nNarcissists, on the other hand, don't have that flexibility. The flexibility to move between the different mental states in thinking about our own experiences and the other's. narcissists can only be self centered. They can not do the empathy. \n. \nSo the difference that the self centered human organism becomes narcissistic when the are rigidly stuck only in self centerdness.

What is the difference between Sociopath and bipolar disorder?

\n . \nbipolar is a biological illness with moderate to severe mood swings often passed down by your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. If the person with bipolar disorder is open to treatment it is easily treated with relativity high success rate. sociopath has nothing to do with bipolar disorder is a psychological illness. The person has an inability to care for someone feelings other than them self. This illness is very difficult to treat. DO NOT TRUST your intuition around a sociopath they are most likely smarter than you are and skilled at self deception. .

What is the difference between neurotic perfectionism and narcissistic perfectionism?

Neurotic perfectionism can be linked to anxiety disorders such as the Obessive-Complusive Disorder (OCD). When something is just not "there" a person will obessive about which they feel relieved by the complusion to accurately get "there". Examples can include the washing hands a certain amount of times in order to feel clean and say if it is not done 5 times then the person doesn't feel clean and anxiety level will increase for the person wants clean hands. Therapy and a combination of medication has shown to decrease symptoms. Narcissistic perfectionism stems from the basis of personality disorder and is hard to treat in therapy and/or medication because the narcisstic person rarely seeks help for they believe that they don't have problem(s). The perfectionism here is an illusion that the Narcisisstic creates and in order to protect them from revealing their true self they project this unwanted desire and need for perfectionsim onto others or to their narcisisstic supply. When perfection has not been met in the narcasisstic's eyes then they can let loose their rage which could lead to violence. When a person suffering from OCD perfectionism has not satisfied their unhealthy need for perfectionism then forms of anxiety may appear physically like difficulty breathing to panic attacks but rarely a rage and rarely directed toward a person.

What is the difference between a sociopath and a pathological liar?

Pathological lying of and within itself is not defined as a mental disorder by the medical community- so there are no list of common symptoms. This type of deception is set apart from and motivated differently than the common deception used on a daily basis by your average person. Pathological lying is typically associated with a serious mental disorder which may include: borderline personality disorder, narcissism, sociopath, or others. The main thing that sets sociopath apart from the other mental illnesses that are commonly associated with being a pathological liar is the absence of a conscience. A sociopath is not able to empathize with those who do have a conscience. The sociopath does not feel remorse, guilt or love but a narcissist on the other hand may. A narcissist has a conscience and the ability to empathize with others but rarely does because they care more about their own feelings. I would describe a narcissist as being "the center of their own universe" and expecting everyone to gravitate around his/her needs/wants. I would describe a sociopath as someone being from a completely different universe but having the ability to go unnoticed because they are wearing a disguise. The sociopath will completely drain you of all positive energy and then turn the tables on you to make you believe it's your fault. A narcissist will almost always be identified and are unable to hide what they are.

Can you consider an abusive parent a narcissist or sociopath?

Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Psychopathy can be -- and often are -- components of child abuse. They are both clinically-defined conditions with certain criteria that must be met in order for a diagnosis to be made.

What is the difference between a sociopath and someone with explosive rage?

Sociopath seems to be someone who has ill intentions and is purposely hurtful while someone with explosive rage may just have problems dealing with anger and bottles it up until it turns to rage.

What is the difference between sociopath and narcissist men?

There are technical differences, but it is largely a matter of degree. Neither is likely to ever be a decent partner.

What is the difference between a narcissist and a pathological liar?

The narcissist is completely self-absorbed, self centered with thoughts totally of self and uncaring about those around them. They will use others for their own gain regardless of the outcome. If it is not about them, they simply are not interested. On the other hand, the pathological liar will lie regarding anything with no regard of the consequence if they are caught. This behavior becomes a way of life they cannot break without help. Both are mental health issues.

What is the difference between histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder defined by the diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , the diagnostic classification system used in the us , as "a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy ." The narcissist is described as turning inward for gratification rather than depending on others and as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power and prestige. Narcissistic personality disorder is closely linked to seld-centredness. . has a grandiose sense of self-importance . is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love . believes that he or she is "special" and unique . requires excessive admiration . has a sense of entitlement . is interpersonally exploitative . lacks empathy . is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her where as a Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American psychiatric association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention -seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriate seductiveness, usually beginning in early adulthood. The essential feature of histrionic personality disorder is an excessive pattern of emotionality and attention-seeking behavior. These individuals are lively, dramatic, enthusiastic, and flirtatious. They may be inappropriately sexually provocative, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and be easily influenced by others. A mnemonic that can be used to remember the criteria for histrionic personality disorder is PRAISE ME : . P - provocative (or seductive) behavior . R - relationships, considered more intimate than they are . A - attention, must be at center of . I - influenced easily . S - speech (style) - wants to impress, lacks detail . E - emotional lability, shallowness . M - make-up - physical appearance used to draw attention to self . E - exaggerated emotions - theatrical hope that helped looool

Is Narcissistic behavior as sociopathic behavior hereditary?

The jury's still out about nature or nurture. Some research shows it is genetic and linked to untreated ADHD in children.

What is the difference between a Machiavellian personality disorder and someone who is merely narcissistic?

Narcissism is far less calculated. Machiavellian's are thinkers, narcissists are observers. The just watch themselves being pretty, or charming or whatever. Machiavellians are opportunists who make a lot of considerations.

How can you tell apart the differences between narcissistic women from easygoing women?

Narcissistic women are often obsessed with themselves and often talk aout themselves. (Although, not all women who talk about themselves are narcissistic. They are probably unsure what to talk about and are trying to find a common point of interest by trying to realate with talking about something that happened to them, etc.) Easy-going women are down to earth and not stressed out by little problems.

What is the difference between a phychopath and a sociopath?

Disorganized Episodic Aggression: (psychopath) . Organized Sociopathic Hatred: (sociopath) . Ritualistic behavior. Superficial charm and "good" intelligence. Attempts to conceal mental instability. Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational behavior. Compulsivity. Absence of "nervousness" or psychoneurotic manifestations. Periodic search for help. unreliability. Severe memory disorders and an inability to tell the truth. untruthfulness and insincerity. Suicidal tendencies. lack of remorse or shame. History of committing assault. inadequately motivatedantisocial behavior. Hypersexuality and abnormal sexual behavior. poor judgment and failure to learn by experience. Head injuries; injuries suffered at birth. pathological egocentricity and incapacity for love. History of chronic drug or alcohol abuse. general poverty in major affective reactions. Parents with history of chronic drug or alcohol abuse. specific loss of insight. Victim of childhood physical or mental abuse. unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations. Result of an unwanted pregnancy. fantastic and uninviting behavior with and sometimes without drink. Product of a difficult gestation for mother. suicide rarely carried out. Unhappiness in childhood resulted in inability to find happiness. sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated. Extraordinary cruelty to animals. failure to follow any life plan. Attraction to arson without homicidal interest. Symptoms of neurological impairment. Evidence of genetic disorder. Biochemical symptoms. Feelings of powerlessness and inadequacy.

What the difference between a phychopath and a sociopath?

Disorganized Episodic Aggression: (psychopath) . Organized Sociopathic Hatred: (sociopath) . Ritualistic behavior. Superficial charm and "good" intelligence. Attempts to conceal mental instability. Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational behavior. Compulsivity. Absence of "nervousness" or psychoneurotic manifestations. Periodic search for help. unreliability. Severe memory disorders and an inability to tell the truth. untruthfulness and insincerity. Suicidal tendencies. lack of remorse or shame. History of committing assault. inadequately motivatedantisocial behavior. Hypersexuality and abnormal sexual behavior. poor judgment and failure to learn by experience. Head injuries; injuries suffered at birth. pathological egocentricity and incapacity for love. History of chronic drug or alcohol abuse. general poverty in major affective reactions. Parents with history of chronic drug or alcohol abuse. specific loss of insight. Victim of childhood physical or mental abuse. unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations. Result of an unwanted pregnancy. fantastic and uninviting behavior with and sometimes without drink. Product of a difficult gestation for mother. suicide rarely carried out. Unhappiness in childhood resulted in inability to find happiness. sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated. Extraordinary cruelty to animals. failure to follow any life plan. Attraction to arson without homicidal interest. Symptoms of neurological impairment. Evidence of genetic disorder. Biochemical symptoms. Feelings of powerlessness and inadequacy.

What is the difference between a psychopath and a narcissist?

A narcissist, no matter how extreme, still knows right from wrong at an emotional level. He/she spends all his energies convincing other his "rights" are righter than what anyone else does. Nothing he does is wrong and that has to be mirrored by his social entourage. This is quite difficult to do in practice and narcissists must use creativity and relentless energies to convince others and themselves they are on top. Psychopaths see no need to show others what they do is not wrong because they don't feel it is. They have no internal censorship mechanism. So they don't need to be mirrored as "good" or "best" by their social entourage.

Can someone be both a sociopath and a narcissist?

Narcissism & Sociopathy are on the same spectrum ALL Sociopaths are also Narcissists NOT all Narcissists are Sociopaths, though. The spectrum only runs one way.

Is it at all possible to be a narcissistic sociopath while suffering from Munchhausen's?

Yes, it is. Many sociopaths are narcissistic by nature (i.e. caring about themselves to an extreme). Munchausen's syndrome is related to narcissism, as it is focused on attention-getting. Most sociopaths do not have Munchausen's, but most people with Munchausen's are probably sociopaths (or at least narcissists).

Difference between male and female sociopaths?

20 percent of male and female prison inmates are psychopaths and that psychopaths are responsible for more than 50 percent of the serious crimes committed. Cloninger's two-threshold model suggests a polygenic and sex-limited contribution to psychopathy according to which more men than women would pass the threshold for activation of predisposing genes. This model predicts that males should be more susceptible to environmental influences and females who do become psychopathic should have a greater genetic predisposition; this is confirmed by the finding that the offspring of female psychopaths are more vulnerable than those of male psychopaths A study found a strong genetic component for extreme antisocial behavior - fighting, bullying, lying, cheating and stealing - among children with high callous/unemotional traits (psychopaths). Extreme antisocial behavior among children without callous/unemotional traits appeared to have a stronger environmental influence(sociopaths).

What is the difference between narcissistic personality disorder and self-centeredness?

It's kind of like the difference between a respiratory infection and lung cancer. Everyone is self-centered to one degree or another at times; that's normal, if not always appreciated by the people around you. Narcissists are hard-wired to focus only on their own needs, primarily for recognition, praise, and other self-esteem props. Some of these people have super-fragile egos, even if they seem obnoxiously self-confident (sometimes called a "brittle" narcissist); others have an ingrained sense of self-importance and entitlement because they've been trained to believe they're more special than everyone else. Regardless of the underlying reasons, what separates most narcissists from the merely self-centered is that they focus on themselves, their status, and the image they project to the exclusion of almost all else. They lack real feelings of warmth for people, and tend to see others as objects to be used to make themselves look or feel better. Halcyon.com has a great overview of narcissistic personality disorder, at the related link.

What is the difference between a conman and a sociopath or is there one and can someone be an addict with some characteristics and not be a sociopath?

You are talking about 3 distinct but overlapping things here: 1. Sociopath- This is a psychiatric diagnosis of a person withdocumented medically/psychiatrically diagnosable sociopathicbehavior. Sociopaths behave without remorse or caring for otherpeople. Serial Killers are often sociopaths- they have no feelingstoward other humans and do not feel guilty about what they do. Butmany sociopaths are CEOs of companies, politicians, etc. Often the reason a person becomes a sociopath is that they wereabused as children and learned not to care for or trust otherhumans (as a defense mechanism perhaps). They may have learned thattrusting or caring for other people only leads to pain and thusthey view these emotions as weakness. They put themselves firstalways. 2. Drug addicts or other addicts- Addiction is not neccesarilyassociated with psychopathy/sociopathic behaviors. Those addictedmay engage in sociopathic behavior because their need for the drugor whatever is so strong that the needs of others are diminished incomparison to anyone else's needs. Due to brain damage or imbalances caused by drugs or unhealthylifestyle, they may suffer from psychosis (various types ofconditions where the mind is malfunctioning). Some addicts may besociopaths. However, the addict deep down often feels ashamed ofwhat they have done and wish that they were not addicts. 3. Con men- people who lie and decieve in order to steal money,property, or labor from another person. Con men often show littleor no remorse, and are smug or proud of their actions, and oftenunrepentant (ie. Bernie Madoff). Con men would seem likely to besociopaths, but again this would require a diagnosis. However somecon men eventually feel guilty for what they have done and thus mayhave some other disorder or personality trait (antisocial,oppositional-defiant, etc) behind their behaviors. Making sense of all three: use a "Venn Diagram" So, all three of these areas are circles, and the circles overlapin the middle to form a clover. A person might fit into 1 or 2circles, or even 3 (in the very middle of the clover). The personin all three circles would be a "sociopathic, addicted, con man"!Drawing it out this way is called a "Venn Diagram", one good way ofrepresenting the categories you've listed in your question. Itgives you a visual picture of where an individual could land withinthe framework illustrated in the diagram. Think of somebody who hasbeen in trouble like Amy Winehouse, Tiger Woods, Bernie Madoff orJustin Beiber, decide if they belong on the diagram at all, thentry to pick a point on the diagram where you would place them ifthey do belong on there.

Can a sociopath or narcissistic personality lessen with age?

alone, i doubt it, because narcissist sometimes evolves into a sociopath, but with the help of a psychologist, then it can help, but i don't think time will help,but grow.

What is the difference between a smug person and a narcissist?

It's pretty similar in meaning. When someone is being smug, it means they are letting others know that they are better than them. Narcissistic feelings are when a person is in "love" with themselves. Smug has more to do with letting others know you are better than them. Narcissist is more of the feeling of greatness one has of themselves.

What is the difference between a sociopath and a schizophrenic?

Dictionary definitions; Sociopath: a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior isantisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. Schizophrenic: Psychiatry . Also called dementia praecox. a severe mentaldisorder characterized by some, but not necessarily all, of the following features: emotional blunting, intellectualdeterioration, social isolation, disorganized speech andbehavior, delusions, and hallucinations. a state characterized by the coexistence of contradictory orincompatible elements. Hope that helps, i cant really tell the difference so i just showed you the definitions to help you out.

What is the difference between narcissist and bipolar?

Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder where people have a huge sense of self importance and a deep need for admiration. It is common for them to believe they are superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism. Bipolar on the other hand is an illness in which people go back and forth from extreme highs and extreme lows. This manic depression is like a rollercoaster with constant ups and downs.

My therapist told me my soon to be ex husband is a closet narcissist after meeting him. Does anyone know the differences between a narcissist and a closet narcissist?

It has been suggested there may be another variant of narcissism called closet narcissism or shy narcissism. It is a little more difficult to describe and understand. Most people with narcissistic personality disorder are exhibitionists . They believe they are the greatest, smartest, most wonderful, and most exceptional human beings on the planet. They manage to suppress their feelings of inadequacy and replace it with a self manufactured super man. The exhibitionist narcissist seeks admiration from everyone all the time. They abandon people who do not satisfy that need. In some cases a closet narcissist manages to keep such overt grandiose behaviors hidden. They are not so openly arrogant. They suffer from envy. A closet narcissist may have a more deflated self perception and be more aware of their emptiness. The closet narcissist is constantly seeking approval . They are not as strong as the exhibitionist and may experience humiliation and abandonment issues when they fail to get what they need. It has been suggested there may be another variant of narcissism called closet narcissism or shy narcissism. It is a little more difficult to describe and understand. Most people with narcissistic personality disorder are exhibitionists . They believe they are the greatest, smartest, most wonderful, and most exceptional human beings on the planet. They manage to suppress their feelings of inadequacy and replace it with a self manufactured super man. The exhibitionist narcissist seeks admiration from everyone all the time. They abandon people who do not satisfy that need. In some cases a closet narcissist manages to keep such overt grandiose behaviors hidden. They are not so openly arrogant. They suffer from envy. A closet narcissist may have a more deflated self perception and be more aware of their emptiness. The closet narcissist is constantly seeking approval . They are not as strong as the exhibitionist and may experience humiliation and abandonment issues when they fail to get what they need. It has been suggested there may be another variant of narcissism called closet narcissism or shy narcissism. It is a little more difficult to describe and understand. Most people with narcissistic personality disorder are exhibitionists . They believe they are the greatest, smartest, most wonderful, and most exceptional human beings on the planet. They manage to suppress their feelings of inadequacy and replace it with a self manufactured super man. The exhibitionist narcissist seeks admiration from everyone all the time. They abandon people who do not satisfy that need. In some cases a closet narcissist manages to keep such overt grandiose behaviors hidden. They are not so openly arrogant. They suffer from envy. A closet narcissist may have a more deflated self perception and be more aware of their emptiness. The closet narcissist is constantly seeking approval . They are not as strong as the exhibitionist and may experience humiliation and abandonment issues when they fail to get what they need. It has been suggested there may be another variant of narcissism called closet narcissism or shy narcissism. It is a little more difficult to describe and understand. Most people with narcissistic personality disorder are exhibitionists . They believe they are the greatest, smartest, most wonderful, and most exceptional human beings on the planet. They manage to suppress their feelings of inadequacy and replace it with a self manufactured super man. The exhibitionist narcissist seeks admiration from everyone all the time. They abandon people who do not satisfy that need. In some cases a closet narcissist manages to keep such overt grandiose behaviors hidden. They are not so openly arrogant. They suffer from envy. A closet narcissist may have a more deflated self perception and be more aware of their emptiness. The closet narcissist is constantly seeking approval . They are not as strong as the exhibitionist and may experience humiliation and abandonment issues when they fail to get what they need.

What is difference between narcissism and a sociopath?

Narcism is characterized by egotism, vanity, selfishness, etc. Sociopathy is characterized by lack of empathy or guilt. Both have no sense of remorse or "direction" in life. They may be caused by traumatic events during childhood.

What Christian faith says about living with sociopath or narcissist?

I think they'd say it's not the best thing in the world, those can be tough people to live with.

What is the difference between a pathological liar and a narcissistic person?

Since narcissists are typically very dishonest, there may be little difference observed between pathological liars and narcissists, but there is a difference in the way they think. A pathological liar has a compulsion to lie, and will often lie even when there is no personal gain that can be obtained from that particular lie, although such a person will most definitely also lie for reasons of gaining personal advantage. A narcissist is a person who loves himself or herself to the exclusion of all others, and believes that only he or she has any importance. Other people have meaning only to the extent that they can be used to serve the needs of the narcissist. It is a very nasty kind of personality disorder, which we might succinctly describe as absolute selfishness.

What is the difference between narcissistic and sociopathic behavior?

You have asked a complicated question and you should research both subjects online to gain a better understanding of each category. Here is a brief explanation to help get you started. A sociopath is a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. Their brains are programmed incorrectly. Some researchers believe they have found the abnormality in a specific area of the brain that is associated with sociopathic behavior. Most, if not all, sociopaths are narcissistic. All narcissists are not sociopaths. The criteria for a diagnosis of sociopath require an ongoing disregard for the rights of others since the age of 15. This disregard is manifested as: reckless disregard for the safety of themselves or others, failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, deceitfulness such as repeated lying or deceit for personal profit or pleasure, and lack of remorse for actions that hurt other people in any way. The path of the sociopath is a straight line between themselves and what they want. They will lie, cheat, steal, hurt others and not feel a bit of remorse for any actions they take to accomplish their goal. The following characteristics and behaviors are common: . Glibness and superficial charm . Manipulative . Extreme narcissism . Secretive . Grandiose sense of self . Authoritarian . Paranoid . Ultimate goal is to create a willing victim . Incapable of real human attachment . Pathological lying . Lack of remorse, guilt or shame . Shallow emotions . Incapacity for love . Lack of empathy . Poor behavior controls . Impulsive . Early behavior problems . Irresponsibility . Unreliability . Promiscuity/infidelity . Parasitic lifestyle . Lack of realistic life plan . Criminal or entrepreneurial versatility There are all kinds of degrees of narcissism that range from a person with normal, healthy self love to a person with narcissistic personality disorder , a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration, the belief that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. Extreme narcissists have a grandiose view of their own abilities, a lack of empathy for others, an acute need for praise and an inner rage that can erupt rapidly- especially when the grandiose self image is disputed, questioned or threatened by any real or imaginary assault from the outside. Common behaviors and characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder may include but are not limited to the following: . Believing that you're better than others . Pathological lying . Authority on everything . Problems with interpersonal relationships- especially maintaining them for long . Arrogance . Excessive candor . Lack of self awareness . Defective social conscience . Cannot tolerate offers of help or advice . Expects indulgence from others . Inability to recognize viewpoints of others or listen to others . Flirtatious and seductive with strangers . Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness . Exaggerating your achievements or talents . Expecting constant praise and admiration . Believing that you're special and acting accordingly . Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings . Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans . Taking advantage of others . Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior . Being jealous of others . Believing that others are jealous of you . Setting unrealistic goals . Being easily hurt and rejected . Having a fragile self-esteem . Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional Many of the behaviors associated with sociopathy and narcissistic personality disorder overlap. A person with narcissistic personality disorder can easily cross over into a classification as a sociopath depending on the severity of their actions and behaviors. You have asked a complicated question and you should research both subjects online to gain a better understanding of each category. Here is a brief explanation to help get you started. A sociopath is a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. Their brains are programmed incorrectly. Some researchers believe they have found the abnormality in a specific area of the brain that is associated with sociopathic behavior. Most, if not all, sociopaths are narcissistic. All narcissists are not sociopaths. The criteria for a diagnosis of sociopath require an ongoing disregard for the rights of others since the age of 15. This disregard is manifested as: reckless disregard for the safety of themselves or others, failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, deceitfulness such as repeated lying or deceit for personal profit or pleasure, and lack of remorse for actions that hurt other people in any way. The path of the sociopath is a straight line between themselves and what they want. They will lie, cheat, steal, hurt others and not feel a bit of remorse for any actions they take to accomplish their goal. The following characteristics and behaviors are common: . Glibness and superficial charm . Manipulative . Extreme narcissism . Secretive . Grandiose sense of self . Authoritarian . Paranoid . Ultimate goal is to create a willing victim . Incapable of real human attachment . Pathological lying . Lack of remorse, guilt or shame . Shallow emotions . Incapacity for love . Lack of empathy . Poor behavior controls . Impulsive . Early behavior problems . Irresponsibility . Unreliability . Promiscuity/infidelity . Parasitic lifestyle . Lack of realistic life plan . Criminal or entrepreneurial versatility There are all kinds of degrees of narcissism that range from a person with normal, healthy self love to a person with narcissistic personality disorder , a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration, the belief that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. Extreme narcissists have a grandiose view of their own abilities, a lack of empathy for others, an acute need for praise and an inner rage that can erupt rapidly- especially when the grandiose self image is disputed, questioned or threatened by any real or imaginary assault from the outside. Common behaviors and characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder may include but are not limited to the following: . Believing that you're better than others . Pathological lying . Authority on everything . Problems with interpersonal relationships- especially maintaining them for long . Arrogance . Excessive candor . Lack of self awareness . Defective social conscience . Cannot tolerate offers of help or advice . Expects indulgence from others . Inability to recognize viewpoints of others or listen to others . Flirtatious and seductive with strangers . Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness . Exaggerating your achievements or talents . Expecting constant praise and admiration . Believing that you're special and acting accordingly . Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings . Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans . Taking advantage of others . Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior . Being jealous of others . Believing that others are jealous of you . Setting unrealistic goals . Being easily hurt and rejected . Having a fragile self-esteem . Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional Many of the behaviors associated with sociopathy and narcissistic personality disorder overlap. A person with narcissistic personality disorder can easily cross over into a classification as a sociopath depending on the severity of their actions and behaviors. You have asked a complicated question and you should research both subjects online to gain a better understanding of each category. Here is a brief explanation to help get you started. A sociopath is a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. Their brains are programmed incorrectly. Some researchers believe they have found the abnormality in a specific area of the brain that is associated with sociopathic behavior. Most, if not all, sociopaths are narcissistic. All narcissists are not sociopaths. The criteria for a diagnosis of sociopath require an ongoing disregard for the rights of others since the age of 15. This disregard is manifested as: reckless disregard for the safety of themselves or others, failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, deceitfulness such as repeated lying or deceit for personal profit or pleasure, and lack of remorse for actions that hurt other people in any way. The path of the sociopath is a straight line between themselves and what they want. They will lie, cheat, steal, hurt others and not feel a bit of remorse for any actions they take to accomplish their goal. The following characteristics and behaviors are common: . Glibness and superficial charm . Manipulative . Extreme narcissism . Secretive . Grandiose sense of self . Authoritarian . Paranoid . Ultimate goal is to create a willing victim . Incapable of real human attachment . Pathological lying . Lack of remorse, guilt or shame . Shallow emotions . Incapacity for love . Lack of empathy . Poor behavior controls . Impulsive . Early behavior problems . Irresponsibility . Unreliability . Promiscuity/infidelity . Parasitic lifestyle . Lack of realistic life plan . Criminal or entrepreneurial versatility There are all kinds of degrees of narcissism that range from a person with normal, healthy self love to a person with narcissistic personality disorder , a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration, the belief that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. Extreme narcissists have a grandiose view of their own abilities, a lack of empathy for others, an acute need for praise and an inner rage that can erupt rapidly- especially when the grandiose self image is disputed, questioned or threatened by any real or imaginary assault from the outside. Common behaviors and characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder may include but are not limited to the following: . Believing that you're better than others . Pathological lying . Authority on everything . Problems with interpersonal relationships- especially maintaining them for long . Arrogance . Excessive candor . Lack of self awareness . Defective social conscience . Cannot tolerate offers of help or advice . Expects indulgence from others . Inability to recognize viewpoints of others or listen to others . Flirtatious and seductive with strangers . Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness . Exaggerating your achievements or talents . Expecting constant praise and admiration . Believing that you're special and acting accordingly . Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings . Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans . Taking advantage of others . Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior . Being jealous of others . Believing that others are jealous of you . Setting unrealistic goals . Being easily hurt and rejected . Having a fragile self-esteem . Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional Many of the behaviors associated with sociopathy and narcissistic personality disorder overlap. A person with narcissistic personality disorder can easily cross over into a classification as a sociopath depending on the severity of their actions and behaviors. You have asked a complicated question and you should research both subjects online to gain a better understanding of each category. Here is a brief explanation to help get you started. A sociopath is a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. Their brains are programmed incorrectly. Some researchers believe they have found the abnormality in a specific area of the brain that is associated with sociopathic behavior. Most, if not all, sociopaths are narcissistic. All narcissists are not sociopaths. The criteria for a diagnosis of sociopath require an ongoing disregard for the rights of others since the age of 15. This disregard is manifested as: reckless disregard for the safety of themselves or others, failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, deceitfulness such as repeated lying or deceit for personal profit or pleasure, and lack of remorse for actions that hurt other people in any way. The path of the sociopath is a straight line between themselves and what they want. They will lie, cheat, steal, hurt others and not feel a bit of remorse for any actions they take to accomplish their goal. The following characteristics and behaviors are common: . Glibness and superficial charm . Manipulative . Extreme narcissism . Secretive . Grandiose sense of self . Authoritarian . Paranoid . Ultimate goal is to create a willing victim . Incapable of real human attachment . Pathological lying . Lack of remorse, guilt or shame . Shallow emotions . Incapacity for love . Lack of empathy . Poor behavior controls . Impulsive . Early behavior problems . Irresponsibility . Unreliability . Promiscuity/infidelity . Parasitic lifestyle . Lack of realistic life plan . Criminal or entrepreneurial versatility There are all kinds of degrees of narcissism that range from a person with normal, healthy self love to a person with narcissistic personality disorder , a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration, the belief that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. Extreme narcissists have a grandiose view of their own abilities, a lack of empathy for others, an acute need for praise and an inner rage that can erupt rapidly- especially when the grandiose self image is disputed, questioned or threatened by any real or imaginary assault from the outside. Common behaviors and characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder may include but are not limited to the following: . Believing that you're better than others . Pathological lying . Authority on everything . Problems with interpersonal relationships- especially maintaining them for long . Arrogance . Excessive candor . Lack of self awareness . Defective social conscience . Cannot tolerate offers of help or advice . Expects indulgence from others . Inability to recognize viewpoints of others or listen to others . Flirtatious and seductive with strangers . Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness . Exaggerating your achievements or talents . Expecting constant praise and admiration . Believing that you're special and acting accordingly . Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings . Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans . Taking advantage of others . Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior . Being jealous of others . Believing that others are jealous of you . Setting unrealistic goals . Being easily hurt and rejected . Having a fragile self-esteem . Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional Many of the behaviors associated with sociopathy and narcissistic personality disorder overlap. A person with narcissistic personality disorder can easily cross over into a classification as a sociopath depending on the severity of their actions and behaviors.

What are the differences between narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Opinion The following is general information only. Briefly: Borderline personality disorder is an emotional disorder that causes emotional instability and a chronic feeling of emptiness. The image you have of yourself is distorted and you feel worthless and flawed. You generally have anger management issues, impulsivity, mood swings and tend to push people away by your behavior even though you want to have close relationships. You feel anxious and stressed and may want to harm yourself. You can improve your life with therapy and treatment. Narcissistic personality disorder is less common and a serious personality disorder involving an inflated sense of your own importance. The person with NPD needs an extraordinary amount of admiration from others and sets up a life where they use others as their supply source for that admiration. They exploit others as a way of life. They think they're superior to others even though their life history shows no evidence of special talents or accomplishments. They care nothing for the feeling's of others and hate being challenged. They think they deserve special treatment. They are demanding, insulting, manipulative, and need an audience. They do not make good partners in an intimate relationship. Narcissists are pathological liars and create a false self that they display to others. They can be funny, engaging, helpful and seemingly generous, but no gifts or assistance comes with more strings attached. They require your absolute obedience to their "rules". They can drop a friend, relative or mate over the smallest slight, real or imagined. Estimates are that 75% are male. Due to the very nature of the disorder therapy is not often successful since they rarely are willing to admit they have any problem. Many think this disorder masks a deep seated lack of self esteem. Common traits: . Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance . Believing self to be special and can associate only with equally special people . Requiring constant admiration . Having a sense of entitlement . Taking advantage of others . Having an inability to recognize needs and feelings of others . Being envious of others . Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner . An obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges . Problems in sustaining satisfying relationships . A lack of psychological awareness . Difficulty with empathy . Hypersensitivity to any slights or imagined insults . Vulnerability to shame rather than guilt . Flatters people who admire and affirm him . Detests those who do not admire him . Uses other people without considering the cost of that for them . Pretends to be more important than he is . Brags and exaggerates his achievements . Claims to be an 'expert' about most things . Cannot view the world from the perspective of another person . No remorse or gratitude Opinion Think of a continuum, with Sensitivity at one extreme end and Insensitivity at the other. A Narcissist is close to the Insensitivity end, but a Borderline is close to the Sensitivity end. A Narcissist is halfway psychopathic. The difference is that they do have normal emotions. But they have no empathy. A Borderline can often be empathic to a fault, taxing his or her strength and putting others before him or herself until it becomes health-threatening. Borderlines have an extremely alert cerebral cortex and are easily excited. And they are most often excruciatingly sensitive. Often, they also have an overbearing and self-punishing conscience. Opinion There are many similarities. Actually the Borderline and Narcissist both are wrapped up in their own universe with little or no concern for others and how their behavior affects others. However the N is wrapped up in his own self image and buries his emotions while the BPD is wrappd up in their imediate needs and have no control over their own emotions. The BPD is capable of empathy however because they have feelings for themselves as far as pain rejection etc. She only seems to empathize with you for a while only and only if it pertains to her universe. NPD expects others to revolve around his universe as if to be a satellite dependent on worshipping him as a god. While the BPD wraps her universe around you as if to fuse your very existense to themselves, you are her universe. Both NPD and BPD are extremely fearfull of abandonment but handle it in two different ways. BPD will cling to you while the NPD ever concious of his self image will abandon you before you have a chance to abandon him. Both of them have excessive Rage emotions built up. The BPD will dump on you while the NPD dumps you altogether. (I use male for NPD and female for BPD because that is how the genders are likey to be diagnosed - however either gender can suffer from either disorder) BPD has an arrested emotional development set at age three while NPD is set at age six. Some authorities suggest it's all all along the same continuim as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. With NPD at one end and BPD at the other. They are both in the same "B" cluster of personality disorders also with histrionic and antisocial personality disorders. In fact many BPDS have been co-morbidly diagnosed as also having NPD. The degree of functionality among three of them is something like this Histrionics are more able to function in society than narcisssists who in turn fare better than Borderlines. Those close to Borderline or Narcissist will find ways to deal with them are very much the same. Also the effect they have on others close to them are stikingly similar. Manipulating, lies, deception, self centeredness. and most of all a complete lack of concern for anyone but themselves. They just chose to cover it up in different ways. Opinion Both disorders tend to over-emphasize the centrality of the person who has the disorder in the wider scope. The differences tend to be in terms of motivation and the payoff. BPD tend to be heavily driven by a bipolar fear - fear of being hurt through intimate exposure of themselves to others, and fear of being isolated and abandoned. One may argue that these are two sides of the same fear, but with regards to the social expression of this fear, it results in rapid and unpredictable flip-flopping between adoration and repulsion. NPD tend to be heavily driven by autoerotic interest - pleasing themselves takes on a higher priority than fearing retribution, although high profile NPDs also tend to share paranoia - they seek to defend their perfect image of themselves and are easily frustrated by confrontations or challenges to their self-image. Both disorders can result in the individual losing all sense of boundaries of self due to lack of emotional discipline. The difference is often that BPD will recognize and admit that they have feelings of inadequacy and will even use expression of those feelings to prevent isolation. NPD will never recognize such feelings - the external world serves either to support their grandiosity or it cowers in secretive jealousy. Both disorders also include the attitude that they are special cases and therefore have special entitlements or are above the law. In the case of BPD, this can result in erratic stalking behavior or pre-emptive defense tactics that come off to stable individuals as excessive and/or overtly aggressive. In the case of NPD, this results in exploitative behavior towards any who are perceived as weak, poor, naive, etc. Many sexual abuse cases involve NPD - often with children who were also raised by NPD parents and are thereby groomed to respond to the emotional needs of adults. NPD patients often struggle with pornography and narcotics addictions. Both disorders utilize deceit. BPD will unconsciously rescript historical events in order to justify their behavior and avoid shame and ostracism. Deceit for a BPD is closer to an involuntary trauma response. NPD will consciously fabricate historical events to portray a reflection of their ideal self-image. Deceit for an NPD is a form of willful self-delusion. BPD has slightly better treatment odds than NPD - though both disorders are very challenging for any therapist to treat. In most cases treatment stops either because of the client's grandiosity or paranoia. At times treatment stops when clients become too much of a drain on the therapist's psyche or time schedule. Opinion The following is general information only. Briefly: Borderline personality disorder is an emotional disorder that causes emotional instability and a chronic feeling of emptiness. The image you have of yourself is distorted and you feel worthless and flawed. You generally have anger management issues, impulsivity, mood swings and tend to push people away by your behavior even though you want to have close relationships. You feel anxious and stressed and may want to harm yourself. You can improve your life with therapy and treatment. Narcissistic personality disorder is less common and a serious personality disorder involving an inflated sense of your own importance. The person with NPD needs an extraordinary amount of admiration from others and sets up a life where they use others as their supply source for that admiration. They exploit others as a way of life. They think they're superior to others even though their life history shows no evidence of special talents or accomplishments. They care nothing for the feeling's of others and hate being challenged. They think they deserve special treatment. They are demanding, insulting, manipulative, and need an audience. They do not make good partners in an intimate relationship. Narcissists are pathological liars and create a false self that they display to others. They can be funny, engaging, helpful and seemingly generous, but no gifts or assistance comes with more strings attached. They require your absolute obedience to their "rules". They can drop a friend, relative or mate over the smallest slight, real or imagined. Estimates are that 75% are male. Due to the very nature of the disorder therapy is not often successful since they rarely are willing to admit they have any problem. Many think this disorder masks a deep seated lack of self esteem. Common traits: . Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance . Believing self to be special and can associate only with equally special people . Requiring constant admiration . Having a sense of entitlement . Taking advantage of others . Having an inability to recognize needs and feelings of others . Being envious of others . Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner . An obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges . Problems in sustaining satisfying relationships . A lack of psychological awareness . Difficulty with empathy . Hypersensitivity to any slights or imagined insults . Vulnerability to shame rather than guilt . Flatters people who admire and affirm him . Detests those who do not admire him . Uses other people without considering the cost of that for them . Pretends to be more important than he is . Brags and exaggerates his achievements . Claims to be an 'expert' about most things . Cannot view the world from the perspective of another person . No remorse or gratitude Opinion Think of a continuum, with Sensitivity at one extreme end and Insensitivity at the other. A Narcissist is close to the Insensitivity end, but a Borderline is close to the Sensitivity end. A Narcissist is halfway psychopathic. The difference is that they do have normal emotions. But they have no empathy. A Borderline can often be empathic to a fault, taxing his or her strength and putting others before him or herself until it becomes health-threatening. Borderlines have an extremely alert cerebral cortex and are easily excited. And they are most often excruciatingly sensitive. Often, they also have an overbearing and self-punishing conscience. Opinion There are many similarities. Actually the Borderline and Narcissist both are wrapped up in their own universe with little or no concern for others and how their behavior affects others. However the N is wrapped up in his own self image and buries his emotions while the BPD is wrappd up in their imediate needs and have no control over their own emotions. The BPD is capable of empathy however because they have feelings for themselves as far as pain rejection etc. She only seems to empathize with you for a while only and only if it pertains to her universe. NPD expects others to revolve around his universe as if to be a satellite dependent on worshipping him as a god. While the BPD wraps her universe around you as if to fuse your very existense to themselves, you are her universe. Both NPD and BPD are extremely fearfull of abandonment but handle it in two different ways. BPD will cling to you while the NPD ever concious of his self image will abandon you before you have a chance to abandon him. Both of them have excessive Rage emotions built up. The BPD will dump on you while the NPD dumps you altogether. (I use male for NPD and female for BPD because that is how the genders are likey to be diagnosed - however either gender can suffer from either disorder) BPD has an arrested emotional development set at age three while NPD is set at age six. Some authorities suggest it's all all along the same continuim as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. With NPD at one end and BPD at the other. They are both in the same "B" cluster of personality disorders also with histrionic and antisocial personality disorders. In fact many BPDS have been co-morbidly diagnosed as also having NPD. The degree of functionality among three of them is something like this Histrionics are more able to function in society than narcisssists who in turn fare better than Borderlines. Those close to Borderline or Narcissist will find ways to deal with them are very much the same. Also the effect they have on others close to them are stikingly similar. Manipulating, lies, deception, self centeredness. and most of all a complete lack of concern for anyone but themselves. They just chose to cover it up in different ways. Opinion Both disorders tend to over-emphasize the centrality of the person who has the disorder in the wider scope. The differences tend to be in terms of motivation and the payoff. BPD tend to be heavily driven by a bipolar fear - fear of being hurt through intimate exposure of themselves to others, and fear of being isolated and abandoned. One may argue that these are two sides of the same fear, but with regards to the social expression of this fear, it results in rapid and unpredictable flip-flopping between adoration and repulsion. NPD tend to be heavily driven by autoerotic interest - pleasing themselves takes on a higher priority than fearing retribution, although high profile NPDs also tend to share paranoia - they seek to defend their perfect image of themselves and are easily frustrated by confrontations or challenges to their self-image. Both disorders can result in the individual losing all sense of boundaries of self due to lack of emotional discipline. The difference is often that BPD will recognize and admit that they have feelings of inadequacy and will even use expression of those feelings to prevent isolation. NPD will never recognize such feelings - the external world serves either to support their grandiosity or it cowers in secretive jealousy. Both disorders also include the attitude that they are special cases and therefore have special entitlements or are above the law. In the case of BPD, this can result in erratic stalking behavior or pre-emptive defense tactics that come off to stable individuals as excessive and/or overtly aggressive. In the case of NPD, this results in exploitative behavior towards any who are perceived as weak, poor, naive, etc. Many sexual abuse cases involve NPD - often with children who were also raised by NPD parents and are thereby groomed to respond to the emotional needs of adults. NPD patients often struggle with pornography and narcotics addictions. Both disorders utilize deceit. BPD will unconsciously rescript historical events in order to justify their behavior and avoid shame and ostracism. Deceit for a BPD is closer to an involuntary trauma response. NPD will consciously fabricate historical events to portray a reflection of their ideal self-image. Deceit for an NPD is a form of willful self-delusion. BPD has slightly better treatment odds than NPD - though both disorders are very challenging for any therapist to treat. In most cases treatment stops either because of the client's grandiosity or paranoia. At times treatment stops when clients become too much of a drain on the therapist's psyche or time schedule. Opinion The following is general information only. Briefly: Borderline personality disorder is an emotional disorder that causes emotional instability and a chronic feeling of emptiness. The image you have of yourself is distorted and you feel worthless and flawed. You generally have anger management issues, impulsivity, mood swings and tend to push people away by your behavior even though you want to have close relationships. You feel anxious and stressed and may want to harm yourself. You can improve your life with therapy and treatment. Narcissistic personality disorder is less common and a serious personality disorder involving an inflated sense of your own importance. The person with NPD needs an extraordinary amount of admiration from others and sets up a life where they use others as their supply source for that admiration. They exploit others as a way of life. They think they're superior to others even though their life history shows no evidence of special talents or accomplishments. They care nothing for the feeling's of others and hate being challenged. They think they deserve special treatment. They are demanding, insulting, manipulative, and need an audience. They do not make good partners in an intimate relationship. Narcissists are pathological liars and create a false self that they display to others. They can be funny, engaging, helpful and seemingly generous, but no gifts or assistance comes with more strings attached. They require your absolute obedience to their "rules". They can drop a friend, relative or mate over the smallest slight, real or imagined. Estimates are that 75% are male. Due to the very nature of the disorder therapy is not often successful since they rarely are willing to admit they have any problem. Many think this disorder masks a deep seated lack of self esteem. Common traits: . Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance . Believing self to be special and can associate only with equally special people . Requiring constant admiration . Having a sense of entitlement . Taking advantage of others . Having an inability to recognize needs and feelings of others . Being envious of others . Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner . An obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges . Problems in sustaining satisfying relationships . A lack of psychological awareness . Difficulty with empathy . Hypersensitivity to any slights or imagined insults . Vulnerability to shame rather than guilt . Flatters people who admire and affirm him . Detests those who do not admire him . Uses other people without considering the cost of that for them . Pretends to be more important than he is . Brags and exaggerates his achievements . Claims to be an 'expert' about most things . Cannot view the world from the perspective of another person . No remorse or gratitude Opinion Think of a continuum, with Sensitivity at one extreme end and Insensitivity at the other. A Narcissist is close to the Insensitivity end, but a Borderline is close to the Sensitivity end. A Narcissist is halfway psychopathic. The difference is that they do have normal emotions. But they have no empathy. A Borderline can often be empathic to a fault, taxing his or her strength and putting others before him or herself until it becomes health-threatening. Borderlines have an extremely alert cerebral cortex and are easily excited. And they are most often excruciatingly sensitive. Often, they also have an overbearing and self-punishing conscience. Opinion There are many similarities. Actually the Borderline and Narcissist both are wrapped up in their own universe with little or no concern for others and how their behavior affects others. However the N is wrapped up in his own self image and buries his emotions while the BPD is wrappd up in their imediate needs and have no control over their own emotions. The BPD is capable of empathy however because they have feelings for themselves as far as pain rejection etc. She only seems to empathize with you for a while only and only if it pertains to her universe. NPD expects others to revolve around his universe as if to be a satellite dependent on worshipping him as a god. While the BPD wraps her universe around you as if to fuse your very existense to themselves, you are her universe. Both NPD and BPD are extremely fearfull of abandonment but handle it in two different ways. BPD will cling to you while the NPD ever concious of his self image will abandon you before you have a chance to abandon him. Both of them have excessive Rage emotions built up. The BPD will dump on you while the NPD dumps you altogether. (I use male for NPD and female for BPD because that is how the genders are likey to be diagnosed - however either gender can suffer from either disorder) BPD has an arrested emotional development set at age three while NPD is set at age six. Some authorities suggest it's all all along the same continuim as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. With NPD at one end and BPD at the other. They are both in the same "B" cluster of personality disorders also with histrionic and antisocial personality disorders. In fact many BPDS have been co-morbidly diagnosed as also having NPD. The degree of functionality among three of them is something like this Histrionics are more able to function in society than narcisssists who in turn fare better than Borderlines. Those close to Borderline or Narcissist will find ways to deal with them are very much the same. Also the effect they have on others close to them are stikingly similar. Manipulating, lies, deception, self centeredness. and most of all a complete lack of concern for anyone but themselves. They just chose to cover it up in different ways. Opinion Both disorders tend to over-emphasize the centrality of the person who has the disorder in the wider scope. The differences tend to be in terms of motivation and the payoff. BPD tend to be heavily driven by a bipolar fear - fear of being hurt through intimate exposure of themselves to others, and fear of being isolated and abandoned. One may argue that these are two sides of the same fear, but with regards to the social expression of this fear, it results in rapid and unpredictable flip-flopping between adoration and repulsion. NPD tend to be heavily driven by autoerotic interest - pleasing themselves takes on a higher priority than fearing retribution, although high profile NPDs also tend to share paranoia - they seek to defend their perfect image of themselves and are easily frustrated by confrontations or challenges to their self-image. Both disorders can result in the individual losing all sense of boundaries of self due to lack of emotional discipline. The difference is often that BPD will recognize and admit that they have feelings of inadequacy and will even use expression of those feelings to prevent isolation. NPD will never recognize such feelings - the external world serves either to support their grandiosity or it cowers in secretive jealousy. Both disorders also include the attitude that they are special cases and therefore have special entitlements or are above the law. In the case of BPD, this can result in erratic stalking behavior or pre-emptive defense tactics that come off to stable individuals as excessive and/or overtly aggressive. In the case of NPD, this results in exploitative behavior towards any who are perceived as weak, poor, naive, etc. Many sexual abuse cases involve NPD - often with children who were also raised by NPD parents and are thereby groomed to respond to the emotional needs of adults. NPD patients often struggle with pornography and narcotics addictions. Both disorders utilize deceit. BPD will unconsciously rescript historical events in order to justify their behavior and avoid shame and ostracism. Deceit for a BPD is closer to an involuntary trauma response. NPD will consciously fabricate historical events to portray a reflection of their ideal self-image. Deceit for an NPD is a form of willful self-delusion. BPD has slightly better treatment odds than NPD - though both disorders are very challenging for any therapist to treat. In most cases treatment stops either because of the client's grandiosity or paranoia. At times treatment stops when clients become too much of a drain on the therapist's psyche or time schedule. Opinion The following is general information only. Briefly: Borderline personality disorder is an emotional disorder that causes emotional instability and a chronic feeling of emptiness. The image you have of yourself is distorted and you feel worthless and flawed. You generally have anger management issues, impulsivity, mood swings and tend to push people away by your behavior even though you want to have close relationships. You feel anxious and stressed and may want to harm yourself. You can improve your life with therapy and treatment. Narcissistic personality disorder is less common and a serious personality disorder involving an inflated sense of your own importance. The person with NPD needs an extraordinary amount of admiration from others and sets up a life where they use others as their supply source for that admiration. They exploit others as a way of life. They think they're superior to others even though their life history shows no evidence of special talents or accomplishments. They care nothing for the feeling's of others and hate being challenged. They think they deserve special treatment. They are demanding, insulting, manipulative, and need an audience. They do not make good partners in an intimate relationship. Narcissists are pathological liars and create a false self that they display to others. They can be funny, engaging, helpful and seemingly generous, but no gifts or assistance comes with more strings attached. They require your absolute obedience to their "rules". They can drop a friend, relative or mate over the smallest slight, real or imagined. Estimates are that 75% are male. Due to the very nature of the disorder therapy is not often successful since they rarely are willing to admit they have any problem. Many think this disorder masks a deep seated lack of self esteem. Common traits: . Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance . Believing self to be special and can associate only with equally special people . Requiring constant admiration . Having a sense of entitlement . Taking advantage of others . Having an inability to recognize needs and feelings of others . Being envious of others . Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner . An obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges . Problems in sustaining satisfying relationships . A lack of psychological awareness . Difficulty with empathy . Hypersensitivity to any slights or imagined insults . Vulnerability to shame rather than guilt . Flatters people who admire and affirm him . Detests those who do not admire him . Uses other people without considering the cost of that for them . Pretends to be more important than he is . Brags and exaggerates his achievements . Claims to be an 'expert' about most things . Cannot view the world from the perspective of another person . No remorse or gratitude Opinion Think of a continuum, with Sensitivity at one extreme end and Insensitivity at the other. A Narcissist is close to the Insensitivity end, but a Borderline is close to the Sensitivity end. A Narcissist is halfway psychopathic. The difference is that they do have normal emotions. But they have no empathy. A Borderline can often be empathic to a fault, taxing his or her strength and putting others before him or herself until it becomes health-threatening. Borderlines have an extremely alert cerebral cortex and are easily excited. And they are most often excruciatingly sensitive. Often, they also have an overbearing and self-punishing conscience. Opinion There are many similarities. Actually the Borderline and Narcissist both are wrapped up in their own universe with little or no concern for others and how their behavior affects others. However the N is wrapped up in his own self image and buries his emotions while the BPD is wrappd up in their imediate needs and have no control over their own emotions. The BPD is capable of empathy however because they have feelings for themselves as far as pain rejection etc. She only seems to empathize with you for a while only and only if it pertains to her universe. NPD expects others to revolve around his universe as if to be a satellite dependent on worshipping him as a god. While the BPD wraps her universe around you as if to fuse your very existense to themselves, you are her universe. Both NPD and BPD are extremely fearfull of abandonment but handle it in two different ways. BPD will cling to you while the NPD ever concious of his self image will abandon you before you have a chance to abandon him. Both of them have excessive Rage emotions built up. The BPD will dump on you while the NPD dumps you altogether. (I use male for NPD and female for BPD because that is how the genders are likey to be diagnosed - however either gender can suffer from either disorder) BPD has an arrested emotional development set at age three while NPD is set at age six. Some authorities suggest it's all all along the same continuim as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. With NPD at one end and BPD at the other. They are both in the same "B" cluster of personality disorders also with histrionic and antisocial personality disorders. In fact many BPDS have been co-morbidly diagnosed as also having NPD. The degree of functionality among three of them is something like this Histrionics are more able to function in society than narcisssists who in turn fare better than Borderlines. Those close to Borderline or Narcissist will find ways to deal with them are very much the same. Also the effect they have on others close to them are stikingly similar. Manipulating, lies, deception, self centeredness. and most of all a complete lack of concern for anyone but themselves. They just chose to cover it up in different ways. Opinion Both disorders tend to over-emphasize the centrality of the person who has the disorder in the wider scope. The differences tend to be in terms of motivation and the payoff. BPD tend to be heavily driven by a bipolar fear - fear of being hurt through intimate exposure of themselves to others, and fear of being isolated and abandoned. One may argue that these are two sides of the same fear, but with regards to the social expression of this fear, it results in rapid and unpredictable flip-flopping between adoration and repulsion. NPD tend to be heavily driven by autoerotic interest - pleasing themselves takes on a higher priority than fearing retribution, although high profile NPDs also tend to share paranoia - they seek to defend their perfect image of themselves and are easily frustrated by confrontations or challenges to their self-image. Both disorders can result in the individual losing all sense of boundaries of self due to lack of emotional discipline. The difference is often that BPD will recognize and admit that they have feelings of inadequacy and will even use expression of those feelings to prevent isolation. NPD will never recognize such feelings - the external world serves either to support their grandiosity or it cowers in secretive jealousy. Both disorders also include the attitude that they are special cases and therefore have special entitlements or are above the law. In the case of BPD, this can result in erratic stalking behavior or pre-emptive defense tactics that come off to stable individuals as excessive and/or overtly aggressive. In the case of NPD, this results in exploitative behavior towards any who are perceived as weak, poor, naive, etc. Many sexual abuse cases involve NPD - often with children who were also raised by NPD parents and are thereby groomed to respond to the emotional needs of adults. NPD patients often struggle with pornography and narcotics addictions. Both disorders utilize deceit. BPD will unconsciously rescript historical events in order to justify their behavior and avoid shame and ostracism. Deceit for a BPD is closer to an involuntary trauma response. NPD will consciously fabricate historical events to portray a reflection of their ideal self-image. Deceit for an NPD is a form of willful self-delusion. BPD has slightly better treatment odds than NPD - though both disorders are very challenging for any therapist to treat. In most cases treatment stops either because of the client's grandiosity or paranoia. At times treatment stops when clients become too much of a drain on the therapist's psyche or time schedule.

What is the difference between Contrast Borderline Personality and Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Firstly, they are not the same disorder. Bordeline personality disorder consist of a person or people having emotional unstability and depth of moods whereas Narcissist personality disorder consist of a person or people being mentally ill and lacking empathy for others. They seem similar but very distinct. For one, Borderline can be cured Narcissism is uncurable and people are born Narcissistic, Bordeline is a developed dismalfunction through periods of time. Both are dangerous if untreated but one does have a solution, the other doesn't.

What is the difference between dissociative identity disorder and narcissistic personality disorder?

ddisocialive identify disorder is person who has multi personailites, they believe to be two diff people in same body or mind Narsisitic person is someone who only thinks of themselves, they think they are superior to everyone, they use people for thier own person needs, or goals. they are evil people they go into rages if you are not agreeable to therm, they are needy of attention and will lie about others, and they love drama, they will lie and manipulate and sit by and see the reactions, I have a sister that is a narsisist, you want examples of narsisiic. I can give you plenty

What is the difference between narcissistic personality disorder and histrionic?

The only similarity I can think of is that they both wantattention. The difference in that aspect is that Histrionics don'tneed that attention to be positive.