7 ways to tell if you're talking to a psychopath or a narcissist
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- Researchers and other experts have pinpointed some key behaviors of narcissists and psychopaths in conversation.
- Those behaviors include repeating the same false stories and using offensive language.
- Remember though: Even if you recognize some of these signs in a friend or coworker, you should leave the diagnosis to a mental-health professional.
Generally speaking, you shouldn't walk around looking to diagnose your friends and coworkers as psychopaths and narcissists.
If someone looks over your shoulder while you're talking or seems weirdly distant, there's a good chance they're just having an off day and don't have a pathological problem.
That said, if you notice a pattern
of unusual behavior, it might very well warrant more attention.
We looked into the scientific literature and some expert insights to find out the most common conversational behaviors associated with psychopathy and narcissism.
Read on to see if you've noticed any of the following in people you know - or in yourself.
Psychopaths tend to speak slowly and quietly
Psychopaths tend to use more past-tense verbs
Psychopaths tend to use emotional language without displaying much feeling
Narcissists tend to use more offensive language
Narcissists tend to get impatient when someone else is speaking
Narcissists tend to display exaggerated body language and facial expressions
Psychopaths and narcissists tend to tell the same fabricated stories over and over again