We throw the word narcissist around a lot these days, we use it to mean someone who has a very high opinion of themselves and thinks that they are perfect in just about every way. But in reality, genuine narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) can be a lot more sinister than simply having high levels of self-confidence.
The term "psychopath" is thrown around a lot in modern society. We use it to describe someone who has no control over their actions and behaves in a very unhinged manner. The word itself conjures up images of mad axe murderers and vicious killers, and whilst some of those people may be psychopaths, it is not a typical representation of psychopathy. They are portrayed as dangerous, violent criminals who stick out like a sore thumb; but, in reality, they are more likely to seem totally normal and, in fact, quite nice to be around. In reality, you may well know a psychopath.
Imagine, if you will, completing a task. Let’s make it a very simple task: brushing your teeth—a very mundane, everyday task that we all do. You wet your toothbrush, squeeze out the gunk, and begin to brush. You rinse out your mouth and begin your day, or end, depending on when you brush your teeth. (You should really do both, but I’m not here to preach.) Now, imagine wondering if you really did brush your teeth. You remember being in the bathroom, you remember brushing, but the whole time you were doing it, you felt as if you were watching yourself do it. You were looking through a window at yourself, or watching yourself on tv. You run your tongue over your teeth. Yes, you know you brushed them, but it doesn’t feel like it was you. Yes, sometimes this happens when you are so used to doing something that your brain goes into autopilot. Imagine, from the time you wake up to when you can finally get some sleep, feeling like this. You have this feeling of being disconnected, of having a sensory fog over every aspect of your life. This, my friends, is derealization, something I’ve been struggling with for the past ten years. Now you get to hear my story. Well, at least, I think it’s my story.
Walking into the cafeteria is like being dropped in the middle of the ocean. You stare up at the rising wave of voices and see thousands of eyes looking at you and you only. Sitting at a table by yourself, you get up only when completely necessary. No need to risk the apology tango as you and another both grab a fork and turn, move right, exchange sorry's, then go your separate ways. You eat slow. Not too big of a bite, people will look. Not too much on your fork, people will look. Don't look up, you might make eye contact with someone. You finish eating and walk out the door. The wave settles, you survived.
I am in love with THE most perfectly imperfect human being!! <3
An Interview on Deviance Introduction
We all have heard the term psychopath or sociopath at least once in our lives; whether it's in movies, books, or even being called one, these terms aren't unusual. They are both big factors in any psychology career. First, let me explain what psychology is. Psychology is the study of the human mind and its functions. What does psychology have to do with this? Without psychology, we would not study this type of stuff, therefore we would not fully understand how the human mind functions and why some people are the way they are. But, do we even know there is a difference? Yes, a psychopath and a sociopath are not the same thing, even though some would consider them to be synonyms. A psychopath and a sociopath are two different categories of dangerous people. "How are they different?" You may ask. Allow me to explain...
I have borderline personality disorder, and according to my shrink, it's a pretty extreme case of it. I know, I know, I'm basically fucked, right? Who is going to want to hire, marry, or otherwise socialize with a nutjob? That is what I used to think when I was first diagnosed at the age of 11. However, at the age of 23, I've realized that it's really not as bad as it sounds at first. Sure, I go through a range of emotions all the way from a to z every ten minutes, but I think I handle it with grace.
Narcissists are among the most despised people on the planet. While other dysfunctional personalities evoke sympathy in people, pathological narcissists do not. People often feel pity for the narcissistic personality at first — especially if the narcissist presents themselves as a helpless victim, as many narcissists will — but this is usually very short-lived because narcissists are so terribly controlling, abusive and hateful. It is impossible to feel pity or sympathy for a person who works so hard to hurt others. In fact, narcissists sometimes seem compelled to hurt only those who care about them, rendering people literally unable to feel any sympathy for them at all.
I wake up. My heart feels full with optimism towards the day ahead. My happiness creeps, continuing upwards like the track of a roller-coaster before the big drop. I feel my adrenaline and serotonin rise to the point where I am shaking, manic. I know all it takes is a word, a trigger, a memory and I come crashing down.
Schizophrenia is a debilitating illness that affects millions of people worldwide. About one in 100 are diagnosed with it. There are two times as many people with Schizophrenia as Alzheimer’s and six times more people with insulin-dependent diabetes.
Originally I was going to write a descriptive article, filled with psychiatrist jargon and lists. Lists of symptoms which without ticking certain boxes, you'll never get as far as a diagnosis.