Characteristics of the Narcissist, Psychopath and Sociopath

Ramani Durvasula does a great job describing the differences between a Narcissist (the entitled jerk), the Psychopath (those born without empathy) and the Sociopath (those who lose their empathy).

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Dr. Ramani Durvasula (“Dr. Ramani”) is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is also co-host and featured therapist on Oxygen’s docuseries “My Shopping Addiction.” Dr. Durvasula completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Connecticut. She earned her master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology at UCLA, and completed her clinical internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. The American Association of University Women awarded her the 2003 Emerging Scholar Award. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award from California State University Los Angeles in recognition of her exceptional record of teaching, scholarship, mentorship and university service. She has published over 30 peer reviewed articles and chapters in neuropsychology, clinical psychology and health psychology, and presented 85 research papers at conferences in the US and around the world. In addition, she is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles.

Dr. Durvasula has been widely featured on a variety of television programming including Bravo’s THINtervention as well as on the Dr. Oz Show, the Today Show, Dr. Drew’s LifeChangers, Dr. Drew on HLN, the Jeff Probst Show, Anderson, Nancy Grace, Good Morning America, the History Channel, CNN, E! True Hollywood Story, E! Investigates, the Joy Behar Show, Fox, KCBS News, Entertainment Tonight, the Insider, the Cooking Channel, and FitTV. Her work and expert opinion have been cited in numerous media outlets including Marie Claire, Glamour, Maxim, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, the New York Daily News, Details, the LA Times, Self, More, Redbook, Allure, and various internet media. Dr. Durvasula is a contributor and guest expert for WebMD, an expert contributor to Sharecare, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Ganley Foundation and the Dr. Oz Show. 


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