He's Lying Next To You...The Difference Between Psychopaths, Sociopaths, and Narcissists
Psychopaths, Sociopaths, and Narcissists are more common than you think. These people and their lack of empathy are all around us - So what is the difference between the three?
Psychopaths can be very manipulative, and are exceptional at making themselves appear to be charming and trustworthy. In reality, they are anything but that. They have a difficult time forming real emotional relationships. A relationship with a psychopath is completely one-sided, and they are virtually incapable of forming a real, emotional relationship.
A psychopath often times will view other people as the means to an end. He uses other people, and once he gets what he wants from them and their perceived value disappears, he discards them from his life without hesitation.
Although a psychopath will often demand loyalty from others, he is almost never loyal in return. If a psychopath's actions harm another person, they will feel no guilt or remorse. He only cares about himself - and that's all there is to that. In a real relationship, both partners are emotionally invested in the relationship. However, a psychopath is incapable of forming genuine emotional bonds, because he is unable to empathize with other people.
Unfortunately, psychopaths can be incredibly charming, and they know exactly what they are doing. Their confidence can be attractive, and they know how to influence others and "reel them in." A psychopath can make you feel special and loved, but it’s all an act. For a psychopath, relationships are about serving their own needs, manipulation, power, and control—not love and partnership.
Read on to learn more about the differences between Psychopaths, Sociopaths, and Narcissists.