Understanding Sociopath Vs Narcissistic Traits

By Sarah Cocchimiglio|Updated March 28, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC
Having a loved one who struggles with mental health concerns can be difficult for everyone involved - you, the family, friends, colleagues, romantic partners, and of course the individual afflicted. Do you think you know someone showing signs of a mental illness and want to learn more about what their symptoms mean? Continue reading this to learn more about specific symptoms related to psychopathology and behavior.
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There Are Key Differences Between A Sociopath And A Narcissistic Sociopath
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Narcissism And Sociopathy

Narcissistic sociopaths have 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. Narcissistic sociopaths often experience disruptions in both personal and professional relationships. When the behavioral characteristics of a narcissist and a sociopath are combined, the narcissistic sociopath will generally react aggressively to any negative criticism. 
 
Dealing with narcissistic sociopaths can be difficult for anyone, especially when it’s someone close to you.   It’s important to keep in mind that, although you may not want to hurt the narcissistic sociopath, you should place your safety and well-being as a priority. Although there are no medications dedicated to treating narcissistic sociopathy, there are medications that may be prescribed to treat some of the symptoms. Seeking the help of a professional is necessary to determine if medication management is necessary for narcissistic sociopaths and to evaluate what type of medication, if any, should be prescribed.
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BetterHelp Can Help Narcissism And Sociopathy

If you are concerned about someone who may be a narcissistic sociopath, or if you are experiencing narcissistic sociopath symptoms that make you uncomfortable, reach out to a mental health professional. Talking to a counselor or therapist can help you make sense of narcissistic sociopath traits you are experiencing or witnessing. A mental health professional can help you establish a plan to protect your safety and well-being.
 
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Conclusion On Narcissism And Sociopathy

Being or knowing a narcissistic individual or sociopath can be distressing, as it is a serious mental condition. It is important to understand what the condition is, and hopefully, this article has given you ways to help them and yourself.

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