How is antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) differentiated from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Sheenie Ambardar, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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ASPD and NPD are both characterized by a disregard for the needs and feelings of others and a disturbing lack of empathy. However, ASPD is characterized by repeated transgressions with the law, physical aggressiveness, and a history of conduct disorder in childhood, which generally are not seen in NPD. Patients with narcissism are also more grandiose and arrogant than patients who are antisocial. [18]


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