The Difference Between A Sociopath And Narcissistic Sociopath?
Updated February 19, 2021
Medically Reviewed By: Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC
Having a loved one who often acts narcissistic or sociopathic, is not always easy, but we can find ways to work through it. A therapist can be an amazing ally in finding support outside of those around you in order to understand the difference between sociopathy and narcissism. Within therapy you may be able to grow and overcome challenges within your relationships, as well as begin to understand ways to put your own needs first, identify stressors, or even improve sleeping habits.
Do you think you have been exposed to the behaviors of a narcissist or a sociopath? Are you able to tell the difference between the two? Being in a relationship with a person who has a narcissistic personality or antisocial personality disorder can leave you feeling overwhelmed. When someone you know exhibits characteristics of both, it can feel frightening, as well. Knowing the symptoms of these disorders and when to reach out for help can help you promote your own physical and mental well-being.
What is a Narcissist?
Most people have met or been in a relationship with someone who seems to be selfish and who always wants to be showered with attention and adoration. Narcissistic personality disorder involves much more than wanting to be the center of attention, though.
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is one of several types of psychological disorders that affects personality. It is a mental condition that involves an individual exhibiting an exaggerated sense of self-importance, a total lack of concern or empathy for others and an unrelenting desire to receive admiration or adoration from others. People with narcissistic personality disorder often experience disruptions in both personal and professional relationships. They become easily offended and disappointed if they are not given the admiration or attention they believe they deserve.
Researchers and psychologists have differing opinions regarding what causes narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Some believe that NPD is formed as a result of infants and young children lacking the experience of normal bonding with caregivers, especially maternal figures. Others feel that if a person is exposed to excessive adoration (the “golden child” syndrome) or excessive criticism throughout life, this may lead to narcissistic personality traits. Additionally, genetic predisposition and the way a person’s brain changes in structure and function may also contribute to the disorder.
Traits of Narcissists
The symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder vary from person to person. The root of narcissism, however, is believed to be based in an individual’s egotistical preoccupation with themselves.
Narcissists demand admiration. Characteristically, narcissists have a need for admiration that is described as extreme. They tend to believe that they are better than other people and expect to be treated with the utmost respect, or as superior.
People with narcissistic personality disorder have a preoccupation with power, beauty, and unlimited success. They may experience delusions that cause them to believe they possess qualities that are lacking in others. Narcissists are more interested in people thinking highly of them than in telling the truth. Therefore, they may fabricate stories to make themselves appear more successful than they are and then become offended when confronted with the truth.
Checklist of narcissistic behaviors
In addition to the previously mentioned narcissistic characteristics, the following checklist outlines common narcissistic behaviors.
- Easily jealous
- Becomes easily rejected or hurt
- Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships
- Preoccupation with power and beauty
- Fantasizes about success and wealth
- Fragile self-esteem
- Sets unrealistic or unattainable goals
- Exaggerated sense of self-worth
Narcissistic abuse is a form of abuse that is projected on another person by a narcissist. Narcissistic abuse may occur as emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or physical abuse. Narcissists who aren’t abusive now may or may not become abusers later.
There are several types of narcissists ranging from the toxic narcissist, the psychopathic narcissist, the closet narcissist and more. They are generally classified by the symptoms or characteristics that they exhibit.
Closet narcissists often appear humble and self-deprecating. They may be well-liked by co-workers or friends. However, those closest to a closet narcissist will likely experience their profound insensitivity toward and disdain for others. Malignant narcissists exhibit what is a more severe form of narcissistic personality disorder. The characteristic traits of malignant narcissists are usually a combination of characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder (sociopathy), aggression (toward others, themselves, or both), and paranoia.
There are narcissistic people who don’t fit into what many consider the “normal definition” of narcissism. However, typically, to qualify as a narcissist, a person must exhibit personality traits that include persistent grandiosity, lack of empathy for others, and an excessive need for admiration.
Dealing with a narcissist or being in a relationship with a narcissist can be exhausting mentally and physically. Their constant need for attention and admiration leave partners little time to focus on their own well-being. If you feel like you are in a relationship with a narcissist and you need help learning to create balance and set healthy boundaries, reach out for help.
Can Narcissists Improve Their Behavior?
In some cases, narcissists can improve their behavior. Because many refuse treatment, their poor behavior often costs narcissists relationships with friends and loved ones. For those who do seek treatment, psychotherapy, also referred to as talk therapy, is usually helpful. Therapy may be able to help narcissists learn to relate with others better and to understand the cause of emotions and learn better ways to control behaviors associated with those emotions.
If your partner or another person in your life is a narcissist, it is important to set boundaries and discuss them with the narcissist. Because they like everything to center around them, narcissists will likely not be happy with or even conform to the boundaries you set. Remember, just because a narcissist doesn’t like boundaries doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have them to protect yourself.
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Another type of personality disorder is known as antisocial personality disorder. The labels of sociopath and psychopath have often been used interchangeably when describing someone with antisocial personality disorder. Although they have similar traits, there are differences between psychopaths and sociopaths. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders, a sociopath is a person with antisocial personality disorder who “exhibits antisocial tendencies that are generally ascribed to social or environmental factors.” Although this definition can be in relation to a psychopath or sociopath, for this article, we will focus mainly on sociopathic behavior. In addition to lacking empathy or concern for others, sociopaths seem unable to experience any form of normal human emotion.
Traits of a Sociopath
Personality traits of sociopaths are often subtle and may be overlooked by others, especially if you have just met the sociopath. As subtle as a sociopath’s behavior may be, there always seems to be an invisible driving force that is persistent and focused on achieving anything they need to attain a specific goal or result.
Although children and adolescents may exhibit symptoms of sociopathy, because antisocial personality disorder may present with symptoms like those of other behavioral disturbances, it is usually not clinically diagnosed until a person is 18 years or older.
Sociopaths often act impulsively and in a disorganized fashion. They generally have little to no respect for authority and often have a criminal history. They may be quick-tempered or violent. Although they do have a sense of what moral behavior means, sociopaths don’t allow their behavior to be driven by their conscience. A sociopath may recognize a behavior as wrong or inappropriate, but he may engage in the behavior anyway, especially if they believe their actions will benefit them in the end.
Sociopaths are generally dishonest. They are very skilled at manipulation which makes it easier for them to lie without being detected. Their magnetic personality and superficial charm draw the attention of others and may make it difficult for victims to understand that they are being deceptive, even when proof is presented to them.
A person with antisocial personality disorder is usually not affected by feelings of anxiety, fear, remorse, or guilt. However, they are capable of mimicking the responses these emotions elicit and may use them when necessary to achieve personal gain. In fact, often the only time a sociopath will exhibit remorseful behavior after causing harm or embarrassment is if he feels the act of remorse will work to his advantage. Additionally, a sociopath is generally more calculating than a narcissist and will likely use whatever means necessary to achieve his own goals.
In general, common traits of antisocial personality disorder include:
- Fractured or troubled relationships
- Hostility or agitation
- Aggressive behavior
- Lack of respect for authority or social norms
- Manipulative behavior
- Difficulty maintaining stable employment or housing
What is a Narcissistic Sociopath?
A narcissistic sociopath is a person who exhibits a combination of both sociopathic personality traits along with narcissistic personality disorder symptoms. Generally, narcissistic sociopaths have a grandiose self-perception. They think they should not be held accountable to adhere to the rules of society.
Like general sociopathy, narcissistic sociopathy is more common in men than women and has also been found to occur more frequently in younger people than older people. It is also more prevalent in people who are either divorced, widowed, or separated than among married individuals or those who have never been married. It is important to note, however, that the disorder can affect people of any gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation or religion.
Symptoms of a Narcissistic Sociopath
While there are symptoms that are more dominant in a sociopath than a narcissist and vice versa, when the two disorders are combined, one can expect to see exaggerations of symptoms associated with both disorders.
Sociopaths generally are not concerned with what other’s opinions of them are. Narcissists, on the other hand, are usually overly concerned with how others perceive them. When the behavioral characteristics of a narcissist and a sociopath are combined, the narcissistic sociopath will generally react aggressively to any negative criticism, exhibiting more narcissistic behavior than sociopathic in the face of adversity. When coupled with the lack of remorse and calloused, often calculated behavior of a sociopath, the resulting behavior of a narcissistic sociopath can be quite alarming.
Narcissistic sociopaths usually view others as objects or tools to be used to gain whatever they desire. The narcissist’s inability to think that anything is wrong with him coupled with the sociopathic lack of emotional response makes it difficult to implement any treatment plan that is successful.
In addition to the narcissistic and sociopathic behaviors mentioned previously, common traits of a narcissistic sociopath may also include:
- They have a way of taking any topic of conversation and making it about themselves. Even in situations when conversations have nothing to do with them, a narcissistic sociopath will find some way of making people focus on them.
- Narcissistic sociopaths often have multiple fractured relationships, both personal and professional. They become easily bored with people who are not serving a purpose to promote their agenda and therefore, find it easy to move from one relationship to another quickly. Additionally, they often sabotage professional relationships by manipulating or destroying the reputation of co-workers and peers for their own personal gain.
- Exaggerated, feigned emotional responses are quite common among narcissistic sociopaths. Sociopaths are unable to experience genuine emotional connections. However, they do know how to mimic emotional responses and use them to their advantage. A situation that may cause brief sadness or stress for others can last for weeks or longer when a narcissistic sociopath puts his/her spin on it.
- Superficial charm and charisma are often exhibited while calloused and manipulative behavior is portrayed. They may act like the most approachable and sensitive person you could meet, all the while learning how to manipulate your emotions and actions to serve their own purpose.
What’s the Difference Between a Narcissistic Sociopath and a Sociopath?
Although they may exhibit many of the same characteristics, there are some behaviors that are specific to either a narcissist or a narcissistic sociopath independently.
- Criminal behavior – Sociopaths often act with erratic, disorganized behavior and have no concern for upholding the law or honoring authority. Their impulsive behavior and lack of organization makes them more likely to be apprehended when they break the law. Narcissistic sociopaths generally do not intentionally harm others or commit serious crimes. Although they have some characteristics of sociopaths, remember the narcissistic side of their personality cares what others think and wants to be held in high regard, which does not go along well with criminal behavior. Usually the only time a narcissistic sociopath becomes aggressive is when they feel psychologically attacked.
- What they say reveals a lot - Sociopaths specialize in manipulation. To be an effective manipulator, a sociopath must focus on an intended target/victim. Therefore, their conversation will not likely be self-centered. A narcissistic sociopath, on the other hand, usually exhibits more of the self-centered behavior associated with narcissism. They appear to focus on others, but it is usually the means to an end that is working something in their own favor.
- Are they aware of their behaviors? - Sociopaths are more likely to be aware of their behavior and to act in a calculated manner. They generally like to plan their actions well so that they can manipulate a situation if needed. A narcissistic sociopath may be less aware than a sociopath that his behavior is inappropriate or offensive. This is largely in part because a narcissist often sees nothing wrong with his or her behavior and usually considers those who don’t understand them to be the one with the problem.
- Winning and losing - Narcissistic sociopaths aren’t usually bothered about winning or losing. They are more concerned about others admiring them. If “taking a loss” puts them in the spotlight, they are willing to take one. For sociopaths, it's all a game, and they typically only care about winning against others.
- Awareness of the effect on others - Narcissistic sociopaths may not always aware of the effect that they have on others or how annoyed others get because of them. However, don't underestimate them; if they find you to be a threat to them, they will act out. A sociopath, on the other hand, is utterly aware of the effect that they have on others but generally have no concern with how others feel.
Causes of Narcissistic Sociopathy
The exact cause of narcissistic sociopathy is not clear. However, many psychologists and researches believe that genetic factors may predispose some people to the disorder. Further, factors such as childhood neglect or abuse, poor maternal-child bonding, and possibly excessive attention may all be contributing risk factors. As children, those who are prone to becoming narcissistic sociopaths may learn ways to manipulate from their parents and other family members.
How to Deal with a Narcissistic Sociopath
Dealing with narcissistic sociopaths can be difficult for anyone, especially when it's someone who is close to you. It’s important to keep in mind that, although you may not want to hurt them, you should place your own safety and well-being in high regard.
Keep them away from alcohol and substances
Alcohol and illicit drugs can cause worsening of the symptoms associated with personality disorders. It is important to discourage the use of alcohol or other harmful substances. If possible, recommended inpatient rehab for any addictions.
Although there are no medications that are dedicated to treat narcissistic sociopathy exclusively, there are medications that may be prescribed to treat some of the symptoms associated with the disorder. Seeking the help of a physician or mental health professional is necessary to determine if medication management is necessary and to evaluate what type of medication, if any, should be prescribed.
Treatment for Narcissistic Sociopaths
As with forms of antisocial personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder, the treatment for narcissistic sociopaths may be limited. This is largely in part due to their inability to see any personal fault or to admit wrongdoing. However, for those who are willing to seek treatment, there are some options.
One form of treatment is psychodynamic therapy. Psychodynamic therapy is used to treat serious psychological disorders especially with people who have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships such as sociopaths and narcissists. The technique is focused on helping a client to recognize and overcome negative feelings and repressed emotions in order to improve interpersonal relationships and experiences.
How BetterHelp Can Help
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Take the time to talk about your concerns. Talking to a counselor or therapist can help you make sense of traits you are experiencing or witnessing. Also, a mental health professional can help you establish a plan to protect your safety and well-being.
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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is the difference between narcissists and sociopaths?
You've heard the term "narcissistic personality," and you've heard the term "sociopath." Knowing the difference between a narcissist and a sociopath can help you determine who is who. Many psychological disorders can have overlap, and there are many sociopaths and narcissistic people who don't fit the definition, but here is the basic difference between a narcissist and a sociopath.
When you think of people who may qualify as narcissists, you may imagine someone with a big ego. Someone with a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is described as someone who doesn't care about others, thinks of themselves as the best person in the world, and who always needs that validation. Narcissists are more interested in feeding their ego than making true friends.
Narcissism is a spectrum, too, with many types of narcissists around. Not all narcissists are going to exhibit narcissistic abuse. You may be in a relationship with a narcissist who is quite nice to you. These are known as covert narcissists, closet narcissists, or another term. There may even be people who have just the right amount of narcissism for it to be healthy. For example, narcissists who aren't toxic may just be people who have high self-esteem.
A sociopath is someone who has antisocial personality disorder. They are much more destructive, having no regard for the law or for norms. Sociopaths can be self-destructive as well, and they are people who may do everything sporadically. They never make any plans; they just show up. A sociopath may be aggressive and get into fights. They may have a hard time being in a relationship as well. Narcissistic relationships were already a challenge, but sociopathic relationships are even tough, and rarely last over a year.
Both sociopaths and narcissists have many similarities. They are all cunning, manipulative, and have a high self-worth. Many people may say that the differences are really irrelevant. Many sociopaths can have a narcissistic personality, too. However, some narcissists may not have a sociopathic tendency. Some narcissists aren't as calculating and cunning as a sociopath.
Of course, many people have both. There is a form of narcissism that has both, along with paranoia and other symptoms, and these people are considered malignant narcissists. Malignant narcissists are even tougher to deal with.
What is the definition of a narcissistic sociopath?
We know what narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is, and we know what a sociopath is, so what is a narcissistic sociopath? When it comes to narcissists, not all narcissists may be sociopaths. However, a narcissistic sociopath is one who has traits of both.
Someone who is a narcissistic sociopath may be hard to live with, and dating a narcissist who happens to be a sociopath can be a challenge. Someone who has both tend to be someone who has a big ego who will exploit people, but they have a self-destructive side too. They may get arrested, get into fights, and have a hard time dealing with the law. They hit the checklist of narcissistic behaviors, as well as the behaviors of antisocial personality disorder. Dealing with a narcissist is bad enough, but dealing with a narcissistic sociopath is a tall order altogether.
What is a sociopath's weakness?
Ultimately, a sociopath's weakness tends to be themselves. Someone who is a sociopath may have a disregard for rules, which may land them in prison. Sociopaths can have a hard time paying bills, making it difficult for them to find a home. Many sociopaths know how to manipulate and lie, but depending on the sociopath, they don't know how to weave a lie for very long, and when their house of cards falls, they won't be able to pick themselves back up.
Of course, this all depends on the sociopath. High-functioning sociopaths may have fewer weaknesses, knowing how to play the system while gaming it.
Who is more dangerous: psychopath or sociopath?
You may wonder which is worse: a psychopath or sociopath? Well, before we answer this question, we need to define what these two terms are, and figure out the similarities, differences, and traits of both these terms.
Neither of these terms are verified by psychology. With sociopathy, it's instead defined as antisocial personality disorder. Both are quite similar, in that they're manipulative. Both can be narcissistic people and have everything on the checklist of narcissistic people. However, there are two main differences between the two.
A sociopath is someone who may have a conscience, but it's weak. A psychopath, meanwhile, has no conscience at all. Also, sociopaths are much more hot-headed. They can get into fights a lot more and end up being arrested multiple times because of that.
So, it's hard to say which one is more dangerous. A sociopath may be more dangerous because of their temper, but a psychopath's disregard for people is equally dangerous.
What makes a sociopath angry?
Everyone gets angry for a different reason, and a sociopath is no different. Their fuse may be set off by quite a few things.
Perhaps the biggest reason a sociopath may be angry is because of criticism. Someone who is a sociopath has many angry symptoms, along with narcissistic personality. Therefore, if you do anything to hurt their ego, they may act out.
How can you tell if someone's a sociopath?
Ultimately, it's up to a professional to diagnose someone with antisocial personality disorder, but there are a few ways that you can tell if someone is a sociopath. Here are a few of them.
- If you've ever been hurt by someone and they don't have any remorse, they may be a sociopath.
- They are hot headed, especially if you bruise their ego. Many sociopaths are narcissists, and there are many types of narcissists, ranging from docile to violent. Most sociopaths are violent, and due to the narcissism, it costs narcissists a lot, including their freedom if they hurt someone.
- The sociopath is self-destructive, getting into DUIs, not paying their bills, or having a hard time keeping relationships.
Of course, these are just some symptoms of low-functioning sociopaths. Many sociopaths may be people who are higher functioning, and due to their craftiness, they can pass as normal people.
What are the 7 symptoms of a sociopath?
While antisocial personality disorder is complex, there are seven main symptoms you can use to identify a sociopath. These include:
- They have no empathy. It's difficult for them to see from another perspective, especially when they hurt someone. When they do hurt someone, they may not care at all, which could make them a danger. If you're in a relationship with a sociopath, especially with one who is a narcissist, they may not care about you. Of course, not all narcissists are sociopaths, and if your spouse is a sociopath, this is different to your spouse than a narcissist.
- They have a hard time with relationships. Few sociopathic narcissists can improve, and every relationship they have ends up falling apart. This tends to be because they cannot form bonds very well, which means they may just use their partners.
- They're irresponsible and impulsive. A sociopath may forget to perform adult activities such as paying the bills or even doing basic chores. Also, a sociopath may have a difficult time planning things, instead doing it all sporadic. Now, we all have cases where we behave like this, but for a sociopath, it's all the time.
- A sociopath can be a good manipulator. They're people who will try to manipulate the world for their gain, especially if they're high-functioning. Not all sociopaths are these smooth-talking, suave people who will seduce you, but many of them are, so watch out.
- A sociopath may be aggressive. Not all of them will be people who will fight you with their fists, but instead many may use their words to hurt you. They can be very hostile, especially when they feel like they've been hurt in some way.
- They can be liars. To them, lying is an easy way to avoid trouble or confrontation. Not all sociopaths' lies are blatant. Some will stretch the truth a little because they know that it'll be harder for people to notice.
- A sociopath may be very self-destructive, especially if they're lower functioning. A sociopath is known for drug abuse, gambling, sporadic sex, a life of crime, and any other destructive behavior. To them, it's a thrill, especially when it involves a law being broken.
What are the three steps to identify a sociopath?
If you want to find someone who labels sociopath and psychopath quite well, there are three mains steps you can use. These steps are not foolproof, as some sociopaths are tricky, but these three main steps can help you identify them. They are:
- Listen to their Words
A sociopath, particularly one who is high functioning, may be extremely positive and tell you the words you want to hear. They may tell you how beautiful you are, how great you are, and everything under the sun, but they're faking it.
You can tell, because they'll then shift to negative words when they're mad. They may always put the blame on you, telling you how useless they are.
These two extremes will happen a lot, and it all depends on what they want. If they want to butter you up, they'll be positive. If they want to guilt trip you, they'll be more negative.
- How They Make You Feel
Another way that you can tell whether or not you're talking to a sociopath is how they make you feel personally. You may feel uneasy over a sociopath, and sometimes, you should trust your gut. Especially if you feel fearful over this person and feel like they can hurt you when they have the chance. However, you may feel pulled towards them due to their charm and them taking advantage of a situation you're in. Make sure you avoid that whenever possible.
- How They Behave
Look at their behavior. This is a great way to figure out if someone is a sociopath. A sociopath is one who will not see any compassion in how they see others and will watch people suffer without a care in the world. The sociopath is usually someone who lacks empathy. Watch how they behave around others, and see if they are someone who doesn't show any compassion for people when they are hurt, or who doesn't feel remorse when they hurt someone.
These three steps can help you spot a sociopath, and then move on from them as soon as possible.
What do sociopaths think about?
A sociopath tends to think of where they can get the next thrill, or how they can improve themselves in their own way. As the cliché goes, sociopaths tend to only think about themselves and no one else.
Can a sociopath fall in love?
A sociopath can often appear to be in love, but they're usually using the person for their own gain. The love they feel is quite superficial and once they've used their partner, they will end up tossing them to the side.
Do sociopaths have friends?
Many sociopaths, especially the high-functioning ones, can appear to have many friends. They surround themselves with company due to their charm. However, the sociopath may not like any of their friends, and may just be using them for their gain. The sociopath is the epitome of the fake friend, and they will betray their friends if it means they go up in the world.
If you want to know if you're friends with a sociopath, the best way to do so is to think about how much they've done for you. Have they been empathetic whenever you're having a problem, or did they ignore you? Does the friendship go both ways? Or do you have to make an effort?
How do I deal with a sociopath?
When you have to deal with a sociopath, remember that you won't be able to change them. No matter what you say or do, you're not going to be the one who helps them. They're people who need professional help. Some of them can benefit from psychodynamic psychotherapy, but the problem is that most people who are sociopaths are not going to admit they need help.
If you do have to deal with one, make sure to come prepared. Your first step with dealing with a sociopath or narcissist: to raise your self-esteem as much as possible. You can find many books about this, such as Darlene Lancer's Dealing with a Narcissist: 8 Steps to Raise Self-Esteem and Set Boundaries with Difficult People.
By having high self-esteem, you can learn how to avoid taking the sociopath's words personally and letting them manipulate you. If you are in a relationship with a sociopath, it's important to get out of it as soon as possible. This is something that you may want to talk to a professional about, as it can be hard to leave an abusive relationship.
Avoid talking to them whenever you can, and if you have to, make sure your relations with them are online.
You can find plenty tips in the world of psychology blog universe, so read all of them and come well-equipped as possible.
Is Joker a psychopath or sociopath?
While the Joker is a character who has had many depictions, most depictions of him would make him a psychopath, not a sociopath. The Joker has no conscience. He's someone who gets what he wants, even if it means that a lot of people die in the process. He lives in a society where everyone is expendable to him, even people who he considers close. Of course, being a comic book villain, his behaviors are highly exaggerated and you should take the Joker as an example of what a psychopath really is.
Are sociopaths dangerous?
Sociopaths can be dangerous for quite a few reasons. For sociopaths who are lower-functioning, they may get in trouble with the law or with other people a lot. A sociopath may drive drunk, putting themselves in danger of others. They may get into fights, hurting others, especially if you're in a relationship with them. They may display narcissistic behaviors, making it difficult for them to care about others.
Some sociopaths are higher functioning. This means that they less likely to get into legal trouble, but they are still quite dangerous, as they like to play others. For example, if you learn more about narcissistic behaviors, you'll discover that they'll do whatever they can to improve their ego, and if you bruise it, they may try to ruin your life in different ways.
Do sociopaths cry?
Many sociopaths may cry, but they're faking it. Sometimes, it's easy to tell, because they may do something to indicate that they are not crying genuinely. For instance, they may cry while wiping each eye one at a time, not realizing that tears come from just one eye.
Of course, some sociopaths may cry a little if it's something directly close to them. They are narcissists, and narcissists learn to cry when it affects them directly, and when they can benefit from it.
Do sociopaths love their family?
Many sociopaths do not love their family, and may even resent them, but many sociopaths are different. There are some who may love their family in their very own way, and see them as an extension of themselves. Ultimately, it's hard to tell if a sociopath loves their family, or if they're just pretending.
What is a high functioning sociopath?
Many sociopaths are actually high-functioning. There can be a spectrum. Low-functioning sociopaths are people who may be highly destructive to themselves. They cannot keep a job for too long. They may burn through relationships. It's common to see them in prison. These are just a few examples.
A high-functioning sociopath, meanwhile, knows how to game the system. They can be highly manipulative and calculating. High functioning sociopaths qualify as narcissists, and they will do anything they can to be on top. If you are dealing with a narcissist, they may be a person who is a high-functioning sociopath. If your partner is a narcissist or high-functioning sociopath, definitely seek help.
Do sociopaths get angry easily?
Every case is different, but many sociopaths are known for their volatile behavior. They can get angry easily and explode should something not go their way. Many narcissists, sociopaths, and other people of a similar disorder to get mad quite easily. You may be in a relationship with a sociopath who might leave you whenever they're upset enough, and this can be frustrating, as it feels like you're walking on eggshells.
Are sociopaths born or made?
Do sociopaths qualify as someone who was made from nature, or nurture? If you look this question up, people will divide the difference between a psychopath or sociopath. You may hear that a sociopath is made, while a psychopath is born.
A sociopath does indeed come from abuse or a tough life, but there may be a genetic predisposition as well. Like many instances, it's usually a combination of nature and nurture that leads to a person being who they are. Most narcissists and sociopaths have a bit of both.
What is a sociopathic personality type?
A sociopathic personality type is known as antisocial personality disorder. If you want to know if you or someone you know has a sociopathic personality, here are a few traits to consider.
- Sociopaths don't respect laws or norms. They don't mind lying and they don't feel guilty when they hurt someone.
- A sociopath can be aggressive, and they will hurt others at times.
- You may think a sociopath is more calculating with their safety, but they usually don't consider their own safety.
- A sociopath can be irresponsible, always making excuses as to why they haven't paid their bills.
- They may have a self-destructive lifestyle. They could drink, use drugs, and do other activities to damage themselves.
These are a few traits that sociopaths have. Obviously, someone may have a couple of tendencies by not be a psychopath or sociopath. If you're unsure, then perhaps it's time to get a diagnosis by a professional.
How common are sociopaths?
If you're wondering how many people are a true psychopath or sociopath, they do make up a small percentage of the population, but the number is still big enough. While statistics may vary, the most commonly cited one is one per every 100 people. There may be more people who have sociopathic traits or people who are both sociopaths and narcissists. There's a good chance you know someone who is a sociopath.
Sociopathy and narcissistic personality disorder are serious mental conditions, and it can take a serious toll on you when someone you love is suffering from either of these. It is important to understand what their condition is, and, hopefully, this article has given you ways to help them, as well as information on how to protect yourself. With the right tools, you can enjoy healthy and fulfilling relationships. Take the first step.
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