5 Ways to Tell If Someone Is a Narcissist or a Psychopath

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#5 Tolerance to Punishment

The narcissist is much more inclined to follow pro-social behavior due to all of the distinctions we’ve already explored. They wish to avoid getting punished since it will damage their reputation and distort their perception of themselves as someone deserving of respect. 

Contrarily, psychopaths don’t react as strongly to punishment. Because it prevents them from seeking pleasure, they will make an effort to avoid it. Apart from that, they aren’t very bothered by the notion of punishment.

More often than not, psychopaths lack empathy, are slick, arrogant, deceptive, deceitful, opportunistic, and unable to identify their own unpleasant emotions. They frequently act impulsively as well. The use of punishment to stop them from engaging in wrongdoing is glaringly useless.

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  1. Very good article! I am a mother of a daughter who from birth exhibited very unusual behavior. BY the time she was 3 y/o the highly respected nursery school she attended called me in for an interview. She was very concerned that my daughter was ‘extremely manipulative’ and would cause problems even in my marriage. She was right and my daughter continued to hurt people with no concern for the hurt she caused them. I took her to therapists but she new exactly how to behave properly so her mental health was left for me to deal with. My discipline was never effective. When I asked her one time if she had learned to reason for it she merely stated that ‘she would do it the same way all over again’. I am glad I never used physical discipline as I surmised it would encourage her to become physically abusive. As an adult she did punch a hole in a wall when arguing with a boyfriend and attempted to strike a puppy for peeing on the floor. I was there and protected the puppy but do not know how she was when I was not around. I finally told her at age 38 that I could no longer accept her damaging me, lying about me and enjoying the pain she caused me. I told her I would no longer communicate with her. I thought (hoped) she would apologize for all the hurt she caused me but I never heard from her again. That was 20 years ago! I have and never did have a daughter. She never loved me or showed me love in any way. I cannot deny that I have cried many tears over her. a true psychopath, and I pray for the Lord to heal her. I am 79 years old and disabled but I have no child to love me. I am not the only person she has hurt. So many have been attacked by her in numerous ways. She denies and laughs at what she has done. My mother’s heart aches for the baby that never loved me—ever.


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