3 Differences Between a Narcissist and a Sociopath
SOCIOPATHS EXPERIENCE SHORT-LIVED EMOTIONS
As opposed to the all-consuming rage of narcissist injury, sociopaths tend to feel emotions in a very “shallow” sense. They tend not to be particularly in touch with emotions in the same way other people generally are. At the same time, they can use emotions to manipulate the people around them. Sociopaths have the ability to mimic emotions when it’s convenient for them in order to make someone else do something they want.
In both cases, the narcissist and the sociopath use emotions to control their victims.
3. NARCISSISTS WILL MANIPULATE YOU WITH ANGER AND THREATS
When it comes to manipulation, a narcissist will use anger; they will also employ various kinds of threats. Narcissists often use shaming as a tactic to manipulate, especially when a confrontation is in public. This is because the narcissist has been careful to surround themselves with people who already uphold their worldview. To effectively manipulate, the narcissist will try to shame someone publicly so the victim feels compelled to go along with whatever the narcissist says or thinks.
SOCIOPATHS WILL MANIPULATE YOU USING FLATTERY AND VULNERABILITIES
When it comes to a sociopath’s manipulation, they’re going to do everything that they can to get you on their side. Even if they are abusing you, they’re going to manipulate using flattery. This is why many domestic abuse situations have a “honeymoon period” in which the victim is drawn in by flattery and affection. In this way, sociopaths using places where their victims are vulnerable. Sociopaths manipulate in a way that will benefit them best.
This will often differ from person to person. Unlike the narcissist, the sociopath doesn’t worry about their sense of self being shattered when their tactics don’t work.
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