Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How to Spot the Differences

Published 2018-06-25
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00:00 Intro
00:16 Misconceptions
00:40 Narcissists 101
00:27 Psychopaths 101
01:45 Sociopaths v psychopaths
04:27 Sociopaths 101
05:08 Childhood signs
07:01 Has Dr Ramani had clients with ASPD?
07:31 Do psychopaths care about consequences?
08:26 Signs of dating a psychopath or sociopath
08:55 Kyle's personal story on psychopathy
10:17 Empathy vs understanding in psychopaths
11:34 Final thoughts
11:46 How to watch more like this

Narcissist, psychopath, or sociopath? Here's how to spot the differences according to clinical psychologist Dr Ramani .

What is the difference between a sociopath, a psychopath, and a narcissist or narcissistic personality disorder ? Here to tell us is leading psychologist and author of "Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Narcissistic Relationship" Dr. Ramani Durvasula.

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  • MedCircle
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  • William Coulter
    I listened to this woman for just 30 seconds and I've already decided she explains things better than most professionals. Thank you, Dr. Ramani!!!
  • Nicholas Martin
    This woman knows her stuff and is an excellent communicator.
  • Sean Lamberson
    I can't believe this woman hasn't published a book about these particular conditions. She's PHENOMENAL. I'm curious to know how somebody who is high-functioning autistic is kept from getting mis-diagnosed as having ASPD, though.
  • Jesse Trowbridge
    The comment about "white collar" is so true. I'm 4+ years into lawsuits against the psycho/socio attorney who took advantage of my wealthy elderly mother in the final years of her life. After she passed, his explanation of estate plan basically went like this "I knew you mother better than any of you, you'll get what we give you and you'll like it. If you don't like it, get a lawyer and try to sue the trust." So in Feb 2019 I got an attorney and after years of hard work and $100k's spent, we are close to having him convicted of fraud for stealing nearly $1M from our family. The guy has no remorse and continues to do everything in his power to abuse and stall due process in the court system. What's really messed up is my family isn't the first to sue him! There was an article written in Forbes in the early 2000's about him being sued by another family, yet the nationwide law firm he works for continues to keep him on staff because he's charming and a good earner. It makes me want to throw up.
  • Tab
    Just adding my 2 cents here, but I think a psychopath's greatest weapon is society's unwillingness to believe he / she is capable of being that way (ex: "Oh, she's SO sweet and friendly; how could anyone accuse her of murder?"). I think this is especially true if the psychopath is young, attractive, female, disabled, or elderly, or holds a trusted position such as a law enforcement worker or a medical worker.
  • Larry Coleman
    That was perfectly explained. I spent 4 years in college studying this stuff and she explained it in 10 minutes 💯
  • Elaine Encke
    Dr Ramani is so discerning and crystal clear in her descriptions and definitions! This is one of the most concise and precise descriptions of these conditions you will ever hear explained!
  • James Williams
    I have been studying these antisocial behaviour types for a while. I agree with what Dr. Ramani says. However, I observed that most of us have a sociopathic element inside us. In many people we possess the ability to turn off our empathy if we need to. It enables us to kill in war and conflicts or when we go hunting for food. With a full sociopath, the on/off empathy switch tends to get stuck in the off position at inappropriate times.
  • Samantha Fox
    OMG, this Dr. is AMAZING! No BS or waffle, just a straight forward explanation that is easy to understand. Thank you so much x
  • GencoSchmar 7
    "Not everyone born with an underdeveloped amygdala will become a serial killer but every serial killer has an underdeveloped amygdala." - The recent 4 year brain study that concluded sociopaths are born and then nurtured into being.
  • Adhar Chawhan
    It literally brought tears in to my eyes just by listning to it... I met more than one narcissist and sociopath... They can harm you in ways you can't even imagine.... Until you realize what happened...Its too late...
  • Myasia Jay
    Hearts and thumbs up for all of my survivors out there. Surviving a relationship with an individual with these disorders is NO JOKE ⚔️💪🏽🙏🏽❤️💙💜💛💚🧡💖

    I pray everyone is doing okay ✅🙏🏽
  • koovvv
    Dr. Ramani: intellectually talking
    Interviewer: "😟😖😨😵😰🙂"
  • Jad Doughmen
    That's an amazing interview. I shall start learning how to be a psychopath because it sounds really helpful.
  • dbptwg
    Thank you Dr Ramani. My parents taught me how to break the rules, walk on other people, and always get what I want. It turned me into a monster. I've felt horrible my whole life. I realize now that these things are what I've been fighting my whole adult life, and it's why I didn't make progress until I got away from my narcissistic parents. It was so hard, and it took so many tries, but I've never been more true to myself and it's beautiful
  • Truth Will Out
    I just realized my ex is likely a sociopath/narcissist... I'd never thought of it that way before, just assumed he was plain evil/abusive. Thanks for helping me connect the dots... and possibly explain why one of my daughters seems to be, too, even though she was 1 when we divorced and had little to do with him until 15.
  • Amanda N
    My father was professionally diagnosed as a “Pathological Liar” back in the 1980’s. However, he was in sales his entire life, bounced from job to job, didn’t care who he swindled or took money from, had no conscience about who he hurt, including his OWN children.
    Therefore according to this doctor’s description, that would make him a psychopath. I know for a fact that this was NOT learned behavior due to his upbringing.
    Growing up myself, I knew his behavior was wrong NEVER once learned to repeat anything he ever did.
    That being said, I’m curious if the medical diagnoses over the decades have changed? For example, what we now call “bi-polar” disorder, was previously labeled “manic depressive disorder”, etc.
    Is “pathological liar” still a diagnostic term, or has it changed in a more broader way?
  • Dr Ramani is really great. Her explanations are completely spot on, clear and easy to understand. Thanks.