#3 The Need for Admiration
When they observe someone else succeeding, looking well, or drawing attention, narcissists become envious. They typically find it intolerable because they want people to idolize them. Therefore, they often steal other people’s thunder or engage in exploitative behavior in an attempt to impress the audience.
Nevertheless, this kind of manipulation has the covert goal of winning admiration. To overcome any self-doubt, the narcissist needs constant affirmation.
Contrarily, psychopaths do not seek attention, validation, or praise. If they are abusive, it is only to benefit themselves or for amusement.