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

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They Can’t Apologize, and They Lack Empathy

This is something they do share, at least. Both of them won’t truly apologize to you if it comes to making excuses. Narcissists won’t be able to pretend at all.

However, sociopaths will say whatever you want to hear if it helps them and keeps the conversation going. But you’ll never receive an authentic, honest apology.

Based on the person they’re speaking to, they’ll alter their stories and actions. For narcissists, it’s about getting attention and being told they’re better than everyone else. And for psychopaths is the idea of getting what they want. 

You did, after all, foresee this. None of these personality types possess the traits of regret or empathy.

They Are Poor Team Players Who Are Against the Rules

Do you believe they would be in their current positions if they conformed to social norms? Exactly. Neither personality type ever follows the rules.  

It is well known that they do not stick to the norm. They don’t care about this stuff. 

The narcissist simply doesn’t see the rules, while a psychopath will break them for their own gain. 


  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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