5 Ways Personality Disorders and Abuse are Related

A narcissist, a psychopath, and a sociopath have unique relationships. This article explains how the traits relate.

First, one should understand that psychopaths and narcissists are fond of riding on others for personal gains. They are both personality disorders that influence and mess with how people can view those around them. However, the latter can harm people without knowing how they will feel. Sociopaths cause pain to people with more intent, but they will be remorseful.

Understanding the Personality

A narcissist is a person who is involved and gets preoccupied with a personality disorder based on their success. Their value for self affects their ties with people and decisions. They find it hard to involve and keep relationships with others since they lack empathy, besides, their manipulative traits.

While they crave attention, they feel entitled and do not have compassion. ‘Box Office Butcher‘ novel provides a perfect example of a narcissistic character. He kills people for a genuine urge to make peace with his past.

Box Office Butcher By RWK Clark
Box Office Butcher By RWK Clark

Is Narcissism Dangerous?

Yes and no. Why? Because we all have some narcissism, and the difference comes to the level one has. If one has high levels, it can be dangerous to them. But low levels are usually safe. The higher means you are more aggressive.


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Narcissists do not have concerns about how others feel. They care less about those around them. They will care for themselves more without much regard for others, making them toxic. Narcissism will know when they are hurting, but it does not mean that they will care about how others feel. Narcissists are abusive, oversensitive, lack empathy, and do not object to constancy. The aggression of narcissists comes in a coldblooded and hot-headed way.

Can a Narcissist be a Psychopath or a Sociopath?

Yes, a narcissist can be a sociopath. A narcissistic sociopath shows antisocial qualities and narcissistic traits. A sociopathic narcissist has cold and cruel manners. However, they look for regard from others. They dis others since they will use and ditch them to move ahead.

Most people wonder if narcissists are psychopaths. Since there is a crossover that a person fits within the criteria of narcissistic nature, it does not mean that one is a psychopath. You should consider some psychopathic signs to tell who is psychopathic and who is a narcissist. Psychopathic-narcissist exists, but they are not the norm. Therefore, narcissists can be psychopaths in some instances.

How are Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Sociopathy Different?

The main feature of the two is that they both have simple charm and arrogance. They fake feelings and tend to be haughty, mainly at the lower levels. Secondary psychopathy and vulnerable narcissism have close links to being careless and impulsive. The vulnerabilities of narcissism and psychopathy are potentially uniform.

The two disorders can impair a person. They affect one’s nature and increase risks to society. Weak narcissism and secondary psychopathy are usually parallel. Thus, psychopathy and narcissism overlap. Most people with psychopathic traits have narcissistic traits. The two form shallow ties to glib, cause a superficial charm and exploit others.


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How is Narcissistic Different? 

Generally, narcissistic have unrealistic opinions about themselves. They also lack empathy. The only slight difference is that they feel some degree of shame and guilt. But psychopaths do not feel remorseful for doing wrong. Psychopaths do not care about the person hurt by their behaviors. The shame in narcissists is of many public emotions and focuses on the judgment of others.

Being narcissistic is different because sociopaths have no regard for the welfare and feelings of others. But sociopaths are also more careful. The actions of narcissists tend to focus on self-inflation. Any harm that they do to other people results from pursuing a goal.

At the same time, they will feel some guilt at some point. However, the guilt of a sociopath is more. The main difference is that sociopaths act without regard for their views. On the other hand, narcissists are after admiration. Besides, they always have an interest in leaving an impression on others.

Conclusively, psychopaths come about by birth but sociopathy is acquired. Besides, narcissism develops from inheritance. Most features found in narcissism are also shared in psychopathy and sociopathy. A narcissistic personality disorder is a condition exhibited by a person known as a narcissist. But psychopaths and sociopaths exhibit antisocial personality disorders.

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