7 reasons why it’s often so tough to spot them, and how you can
he depiction of colorful, dangerous characters on TV and in film has brought psychological terms into the common vernacular. The words “narcissist” and “sociopath” are bandied about by pundits, on Facebook, and at the dinner table – sometimes (and incorrectly) interchangeably. We weigh in on the mental health of public figures. We think of “Little Finger,” or at the extreme, Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones, and we assume we know what the labels “narcissist” and “sociopath” mean and that we could easily spot such characters in real life.
There is certainly some overlap between these two personality disorders, which is why they are both part of the “Cluster B” group in the DSM (comprised of narcissistic, histrionic, antisocial, and borderline personalitydisorders). Sociopathy is captured by the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder. Despite both being part of this “dramatic erratic”, cluster, however, the two disorders are not interchangeable. Nor are they always so easy to identify in the day-to-day.