Will we ever know for sure if a person is a narcissist, sociopath, or psychopath? Does definitively answering this question really matter from the perspective of a target? And how can we bring together the research, diagnostic tests, and real-world application of findings into a practical, confusion-free library of useful information for those of us impacted daily by these personality types?
In my opinion, the best approach to possibly answering these questions and finding solutions is for researchers and therapists/healers to keep talking to each other, to connect and share knowledge and ideas as often as possible. To collaborate.
A few months ago, Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica invited me to be a part of a 3-person panel discussion on narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths.
The interview/discussion was recorded this weekend, and I was lucky enough to be in the company of two highly intelligent, passionate, and knowledgeable individuals:
>>Dustin Wygant, an associate professor of psychology from Eastern Kentucky University – Dustin’s research focuses on psychopathy using prison inmates as research subjects.
>Wendy Behary, author of “Disarming the Narcissist” – Wendy provides counseling to individuals diagnosed as narcissists out of her office at The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey.
My expertise builds on a desire to help targets of narcissists/sociopaths/psychopaths heal in the aftermath of abuse, not to help or study narcissists/sociopaths/psychopaths. So my reason for being inside this “arena” is very, very different from the other experts who shared.
The interview/discussion is divided into two (2) parts. I hope you find it educational and worthy of a watch and listen.
DISCLAIMER: Although the author often uses gender-specific pronouns in her writing, she does not believe personality disorders, such as narcissism or sociopathy, are exclusive to any one gender. Sometimes it's just easier to write from her personal experiences. Thank you for your understanding.