Psychopath and sociopath (the link provided by Montana) are often used interchangeably.
As Robert Hare had indicated in an article written in 1996, “The distinction between psychopathy and anti-social personality disorders is of considerable significance to the mental health and criminal justice systems. Unfortunately, it is a distinction that is often blurred, not only in the minds of many clinicians but in the latest edition of DSM-IV.”
The DSM-IV has both disorders; psychopath and sociopath lumped together under 301.7: Antisocial Personality.
There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since the age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more of the following:
1-failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
2-deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
3-impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
4-irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
5-reckless disregard for safety of self or others
6-consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
While the DSM’s diagnostic criteria are accurate and valid to the extent that they apply to both psychopathy and sociopathy, the failure to not provide additional criteria that would enable the clinician to more clearly distinguish between the two has unfortunate treatment implications. more
Psychopaths really do not need other people while narcissists are addicted to narcissistic supply (the admiration, attention, and envy of others).
Millon and Davis (supra) add (p. 299-300):
"When the egocentricity, lack of empathy, and sense of superiority of the narcissist cross-fertilize with the impulsivity, deceitfulness, and criminal tendencies of the antisocial, the result is a psychopath, an individual who seeks the gratification of selfish impulses through any means without emp
athy or remorse." source
The tendency to cubby-hole people makes me uncomfortable.
I think it would be great with your background if you could share some information here, Dlowan.
you'll welcome the chance to comprehend what's going on.
1. A murderer is someone who commits a murder. They are not born a murderer (no matter what alleged genetic traits they have). ...
Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:
* Believing that you're better than others
* Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
* Exaggerating your achievements or talents
* Expecting constant praise and admiration
* Believing that you're special
* Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings
* Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
* Taking advantage of others
* Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
* Being jealous of others
* Believing that others are jealous of you
* Trouble keeping healthy relationships
* Setting unrealistic goals
* Being easily hurt and rejected
* Having a fragile self-esteem
* Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional
Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence or strong self-esteem, it's not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence and self-esteem into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal. In contrast, people who have healthy confidence and self-esteem don't value themselves more than they value others.
When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don't receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may also seek out others you think have the same special talents, power and qualities " people you see as equals. You may insist on having "the best" of everything " the best car, athletic club, medical care or social circles, for instance.
But underneath all this grandiosity often lies a very fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better. source
The fact that you consider the label "simplistic" makes me suspect that you don't understand it well enough. There is nothing simplistic about the behavior of a psychopath.
I will give your opinion all of the consideration it merits.
Most psychotic people look like normal every day people
I actually haven't known many personally, but most of the ones that I did know looked perfectly normal.
I knew he was psychotic just by looking at him, but others at work didn't see it.