"Villians who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot.
Ones who are clothed in good deeds are much better camouflaged."
"One shrink described her as a Narcissistic Psychopath. Another says she was just 'bad for three years."
MacLean's Magazine, June 4, 2007 (pg 45)
"Is Karla Fit to be a Mother?" (Karla Homolka) by Jonathan Gatehouse
"They take the objectification of women to a pathological extreme," agrees forensic psychologist J. Reid Meloy, author of a standard text on deviant criminal behavior, The Psychopathic Mind. The key to understanding possession, says Meloy, is narcissism. "We know from the research that psychopaths have a core, aggressive narcissism that is fundamental to their personality. If you remove that narcissism, you don't have a psychopath."
HOLLOW MEN: WHY SERIAL MURDERERS MUST KILL TO FEEL by Stephen G. Michaud
Antisocial Features: The tenuous social conscience of malignant narcissists is governed primarily by self-interest. Malignantly narcissistic leaders like Saddam Hussein are driven by power motives and self-aggrandizement; however, their amorality permits them to exploit the principled beliefs and deeply held convictions of others (e.g., religious values or nationalistic fervor) to consolidate their own power. They are undeterred by the threat of punishment, which makes them singularly resistant to economic inducement, sanctions, or any other pressures short of force.http://www.csbsju.edu/uspp/Research/Saddam%20profile.html
Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics by Aubrey Immelman
"Psychoanalytic Diagnosis" (1994) by Nancy McWilliams, page 166
PSYCHOPATHIC VERSUS NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY
"Finally, there is a very close connection between psychopathic and narcissistic conditions. Both character types reflect a subjectively empty internal world and a dependence on external events to provide self-esteem. Some theorists (Kernberg, 1975; Meloy, 1988) put psychopathy and narcissism on one dimension, characterized overall as narcissistic; the psychopath is considered as on the pathological end of the narcissistic continuum. I would argue that antisocial and narcissistic people are different enough to warrant a continuum for each. Most sociopathic people do not idealize repetitively, and most narcissistic ones do not depend on omnipotent control. But many people have aspects of both character types, and self-inflation can characterize either one.
There is no cure for psychopathy and people with this personality disorder are often misdiagnosed, if they do participate in therapy. More often than not, the psychopath will refuse therapy because he believes he does not have a problem. Psychopaths who are forced into counseling will get worse because they use psychology and current research to manipulate the world around them even more. They will be able to mask their personality disorder for longer periods of time, which inevitably does more damage to their victims in the long run.
John McCormick "The Psychopathic Style"â„?Â© A Documentary by Marion Trent and John McCormick
Narcissism is a somewhat less severe form of psychopathy. It manifests aggressive, paranoid, and borderline characteristics, but more commonly appears in the form of envy, greed, power lust, an extensively rationalized sense of entitlement, and a pathological grandiose self. Unlike psychopaths, narcissists can experience loyalty and guilt; but like psychopaths, narcissists lack empathy or caring for others, viewing people as "playthings" to be used.
PERSONALITY DISORDERS IN THE PARANOID-NARCISSISTIC SPECTRUM
What is the difference between a narcissist and a sociopath?
But our culture's embrace of narcissism as the hallmark of admired business leaders is dangerous, Babiak maintains, since "individuals who are really psychopaths are often mistaken for narcissists and chosen by the organization for leadership positions." How does he distinguish the difference between the two types? "In the case of a narcissist, everything is me, me, me," Babiak explains. "With a psychopath, it's 'Is it thrilling, is it a game I can win, and does it hurt others?' My belief is a psychopath enjoys hurting others."
IsYour Boss a Psychopath? by Alan Deutschman
"As a counterpart to sociopathy, the condition of Narcissism is, in a metaphorical sense, one half of what sociopathy is. Even clinical Narcissists are able to feel most emotions as strongly as anyone else does, from guilt and sadness to desperate love and passion. The half that is missing is the crucial ability to understand what other people are feeling. Narcissism is a failure not of conscience but of empathy, which is the capacity to perceive emotions in others and to react to them appropriately. The poor Narcissist cannot see past his own nose, emotionally speaking, and any input from the outside will spring back as if nothing had happened. Unlike sociopaths, narcissists often are in psychological pain, and may sometimes seek psychotherapy. When a Narcissist looks for help, one of the underlying issues is usually that, unbeknownst to him, he is alienating his relationships on account of his lack of empathy with others, and is feeling confused, abandoned, and lonely. He misses the people he loves, and is ill-equipped to get them back. Sociopaths, in contrast, do not care about other people, and so do not miss them when they are alienated or gone, except as one might regret the absence of a useful appliance that one had somehow lost."
"The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout, Ph.D.
Comments on Psychopath/Narcissist by Dr. David B. Adams
â€œIn fact, several studies have shown that existing treatment makes criminal psychopaths worse. In one, psychopaths who underwent social-skills and anger-management training before release had an 82 percent reconviction rate. Psychopaths who didn't take the program had a 59 percent reconviction rate.â€?BR>Dr. Robert Hare Interview PSYCHOPATHS AMONG US Take a look around By Robert Hercz
"You say your guy might actually be an NPD. Sometimes I don't think there's a dime's worth of difference between the P and the N. So if he is violent, unpredictable and a chronic liar he's more likely to be a P; more needy of admiration, more likely to be an N. In most other respects they are quite similar."
a member's quote
"This is it in a nut shell-All Ps are Ns but not all Ns are Ps. A P is an N who is especially viscious and ruthless in fulfilling his/ her desires. Try to surround yourself with people who have the ability to LOVE."
Links Provided Courtesy of Dr. Sam Vaknin:
NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) and AsPD (Antisocial PersonalityDisorder)
Other Personality Disorders
Psychopath vs. Narcissist
Narcissism, Narcissistic Pathologies, the Narcissistic Personality Disorder - And Other Mental Health Disorders (Co-Morbidity and Dual Diagnosis)
Narcissism on Crime TV
Crime and Terrorism
http://www.narcissistic-abuse.com/12.html (The Idler)
http://www.suite101.com/bulletin.cfm/6514/10621 (New York Times)
Narcissism in the Boardroom (United Press International - Part I, Part II)
Narcissism of Wall Street New York Press
Abusive Relationships - Recognition and Damage Control Toolkits
Narcissist vs. Psychopath by Dr. Sam Vaknin
This article describes a dimension of antisocial behavior that links the narcissistic personality disorder with the antisocial personality disorder, with the syndrome of malignant narcissism as intermediate between the two. Starting with a critique of the DSM-III-R description of the antisocial personality disorder, the author reviews some salient contributions to the concept of the antisocial personality disorder derived from descriptive, sociologic, and psychoanalytic viewpoints. Cleckley's classic description forms the historical background for an updated description of the key characteristics of the antisocial personality disorder. What follows is a summary of the differential diagnosis of antisocial behavior as found in the antisocial personality disorder, the syndrome of malignant narcissism, the narcissistic personality disorders with antisocial behaviors, other severe personality disorders with antisocial features, neurotic personality disorders with antisocial features, symptomatic neuroses, and, finally, dissocial reactions.
The results confirm a sufficiently broad array of similarities that the question of whether these categories should be kept separate (as they are in DSM-IV) is underscored. The results also indicate important areas of difference. The NPD sample was best discriminated from the ASPD sample by their grandiosity, that is, the tendency to exaggerate their talents, and to regard themselves as more unique and superior.
From: Abstract: Differentiating narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders.
Gunderson JG, Ronningstam E. J Personal Disord 2001 Apr;15(2):103-9