Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath?


Have you ever wondered about the differences between a sociopath, a psychopath, and a narcissist? These terms are often used interchangeably, but they refer to distinct psychological profiles. Dr. Ramani, an expert in the field, helps clarify these differences.

Misconceptions and Key Differences

Many people confuse narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths, but it’s essential to understand that while there is some overlap, they are different. One crucial distinction is that every psychopath is narcissistic, but not every narcissist is psychopathic.

Narcissists 101

A narcissist is characterized by a lack of empathy, grandiosity, entitlement, constant need for validation, and arrogance. This disorder stems from self-esteem issues, making it difficult for narcissists to regulate their self-worth. When narcissists do something wrong, they often feel guilt and shame, particularly shame, as they worry about how others perceive them. For example, if a narcissist cheats on their spouse, they might feel guilty but are more concerned about the public’s view.

Psychopaths: A Different Breed

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