What distinguish a narcissist from a sociopath?

It seems like both of them have lack of empathy and disregard for what people think of them and feelings for others in common.

So how are they tell apart? Would you be able to tell if an individual is a narcissist but not a sociopath.

plus both of these would have a sense of inflated self-esteem too


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  • A narcissist is just someone who's pretty much in love with themselves.

    A sociopath is someone who has a tendency to disregard laws and social norms, a tendency to disregard the rights of others, a failure to feel empathy or remorse (they can in limited circumstances, but not enough to stop them from acting on their destructive impulses), and a tendency to display violent behavior.

    Sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated. They are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage. They are likely to be uneducated and live on the fringes of society, unable to hold down a steady job or stay in one place for very long. It is difficult but not impossible for sociopaths to form attachments with others. Many sociopaths are able to form an attachment to a particular individual or group, although they have no regard for society in general or its rules. In the eyes of others, sociopaths will appear to be very disturbed. Any crimes committed by a sociopath, including murder, will tend to be haphazard, disorganized and spontaneous rather than planned.


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  • Personally, I think the main difference is that someone can be born a sociopath yet narcissism is typically ingrained in someone over time.

    For example, Someone who has OCD can have sociopathic tendencies. These types of people can not only be very hard to please but can also be hurtful because their own disorder is causing them to be uncomfortable and therefore, insensitive to others. However, A narcissist has had it so ingrained in their mind that their way is the only "right" way that they can be rude and hurtful to others without caring.

  • A narcissist can tell the difference between good and bad morality. Just because they have an inflated ego doesn't mean they will kill people or steal. A sociopath will do whatever them deem necessary to get ahead in life, even kill someone. And they can justify how it was "good" to kill in their head.

  • A man can be both a narcissist and a sociopath.

  • The more I think about it an extreme narcissist would be a sociopath.


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