Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Conscience Continuum: Paranoid-Narcissism Spectrum

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. Female narcissists tend to be the kind that "sleep" their way to the top; male narcissists tend to get ahead by becoming involved in massive power struggles."

An heuristic model by Dr. T. O'Connor. More here:

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