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Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How to Spot the Differences


Spotting the Dark Triad Traits in Faces | Psychopathy, Narcissism, & Machiavellianism

This video answers the question: Can the dark triad traits be detected in someone's face?
The dark triad comprises three traits that can appear together and they're usually subclinical, meaning they don't have anything to do with mental health treatment or psychopathology. the three traits are psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism. With all three of these traits we see manipulation of different types and then specifically with psychopathy, we see traits like being callous/unemotional, pathological lying, and having a lack of empathy, remorse, or guilt. Narcissism has arrogance, a sense of entitlement, being envious, having fantasies of success and power, feeling special or unique, and it also has a lack of empathy component. With Machiavellianism, we see someone who's ruthless, has a cynical view, and disregards conventional morality. There's quite a bit of overlap between these dark triad traits.

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Shiramizu, V., Kozma, L., DeBruine, L., & Jones, B. (2019). Are dark triad cues really visible in faces? Personality & Individual Differences, 139, 214–216.

Sociopath vs Psychopath: What's the Difference?

Sociopaths are often called psychopaths and vice versa but there are differences between a psychopath and a sociopath. Psychopaths, for example, are far more likely to get in trouble with the law while sociopaths are much more likely to blend in with society. And while sociopaths and psychopaths do share some traits, sociopathy (antisocial personality disorder) is generally considered less severe than psychopathy.

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Are You Dealing With a Narcissist or Psychopath? How to Know

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In today's video Jill talks about the differences between the Malignant Narcissist, the Sociopath and the Psychopath.

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Psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula describes narcissism as the secondhand smoke of mental health. But why - and what makes narcissism or being narcissistic different than full blown narcissistic personality disorder?

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Sociopath vs Psychopath - What's The Difference?

What's the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath? How does a psychopath compare to a sociopath?

Do you have an exalted sense of self? Are you a compulsive liar? Would you do just about anything to get you want? If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, you might want to consult a professional who can determine if you are a sociopath or a psychopath. Both sociopaths and psychopaths share three common traits suggested by the questions above – conceitedness, deceitfulness, and manipulation largely unchecked by moral conscience. Some experts think sociopathy and psychopathy are the same and group them together under the diagnostic term antisocial personality disorder or APD, while others argue that there are significant differences between the two mental disorders. We will examine some of these differences in this episode of The Infographics Show, “Sociopath vs. Psychopath.”






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As opposed to most narcissists, psychopaths are either unable or unwilling to control their impulses or to delay gratification. They use their rage to control people and manipulate them into submission. Psychopaths, like narcissists, lack empathy but many of them are also sadistic: they take pleasure in inflicting pain on their victims or in deceiving them. They even find it funny! (From the book Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited by Sam Vaknin - Click on this link to purchase the print book, or 16 e-books, or 2 DVDs with 12 hours of video lectures on narcissists, psychopaths, and abuse in relationships:

How to Tell the Difference Between a Psychopath and a Narcissist

This video answers the question: How can one tell the difference between a psychopath and a narcissist? This is a complex question because these constructs are complex. I'm going to start by defining both of the terms. When we use the term psychopath, we're talking about some who has trait psychopathy and when we use the term narcissist, we're talking about someone who has trait narcissism. Neither one of these constructs is automatically indicative of pathology. If somebody has psychopathy that doesn't mean they have a mental disorder and if somebody has narcissism that doesn't mean to have a mental disorder. Mental disorders are classifications we see in places like the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), but they don't necessarily relate to traits like certain traits that cluster together that we would call psychopathy or we would call narcissism. Psychopathy has two main types and narcissism does as well. With psychopathy, we see there's both primary and secondary psychopathy (sometimes these are called factor 1 and factor 2 psychopathy). Narcissism has two types: grandiose and vulnerable.
Primary psychopathy has characteristics like being callous, unemotional, pathological lying, being manipulative, and being bold (fearless dominance). Secondary psychopathy has characteristics like being irresponsible, being impulsive, having a need for stimulation, and being involved in activities that could result in arrest. Grandiose narcissism has fantasies of success and power, jealousy, a sense of entitlement, arrogance, and being manipulative. With vulnerable narcissism, we see some of the same characteristics like insecurity, hypersensitivity to criticism, shame, guilt, and sadness.

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ASPD: The Psychopath, Sociopath, & How to Spot Them

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Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) includes psychopaths and sociopaths. Here's how to spot them.

ASPD - or antisocial personality disorder - is the clinical diagnosis behind the psychopath and the sociopath. Dr. Ramani Durvasula is here to discuss what it actually means to have ASPD, define psychopathy and sociopathy, the difference between psychopath and sociopath, & how you can spot a psychopath or a sociopath.

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As you learn more about narcissism, you may uncover a distinct lack of conscience in some. You wonder, Am I dealing with a sociopath, or worse? Psychotherapist Dr. Les Carter explains commonalities and distinctions regarding narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths.

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