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What is malignant narcissism and how is it different from sociopathy

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What is malignant narcissism and how is it different from sociopathy and psychopathy?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr John B replied 5 years ago.

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Malignant Narcissism (MN) is a form of sociopathy that also has narcissistic features centered around aggression and violence. In theory, a person with MN idealizes their own aggression whereas a sociopath does not. Whilst a sociopath may be aggressive and violent they generally do not internalize their own behavior at all and so do not idealize their own behavior. A defining feature of MN is that the person is violent and takes pleasure in being so.

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