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Basic Differences Between Psychopathy & Narcissistic Personality Disorder [Part I]

 Psychopathy & Narcissistic Personality Disorder Differences © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved Before we take a closer look at the differences between psychopathy and narcissistic personality disorder, let’s review how these personality disorders are similar. Many symptoms of psychopathy and narcissistic personality disorder overlap. Miller, Dir, Gentile, Wilson, Pryor, & Campbell (2010), found a moderate… Read More »

Four Traits that Benefit Healing

Characteristics Beneficial to Healing Traits that are Helpful to Healing © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved Education will feed the cognitive desire to understand and clarify the situation (satisfy the ‘thinking‘ needs). But recovery and healing requires more than education. It is difficult for education and awareness to address the emotional chaos, trauma, and… Read More »

Are women with Borderline Personality Disorder & Psychopathy similar in Relationships?

Are those with Borderline Personality Disorder & Psychopathy similar in relationships? © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Individuals with personality disorders, regardless of the type have interpersonal difficulties. Relating to others in a healthy consistent manner is problematic for them. However, I’d like to touch on two personality… Read More »

Dating Again After Abuse | New Relationships

Dating Again | New Relationships © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Dating again can be a difficult area to approach after an abusive partner. It can be frightening to open up to someone new after emotional or physical violation from a person you trusted. After enduring the pain… Read More »

Female psychopathy – Are we missing the diagnosis?

Female psychopathy – Are we missing the diagnosis? © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Scientific research currently supports higher prevalence rates of psychopathy within the male population (Warren, Burnette, South, 2003; Wynn, Høiseth, Pettersen, 2012). However, could it be that the tools we use to diagnose… Read More »

Arrested Development & Stuck at Three? | Narcissism and Psychopathy

Arrested Development & Stuck at Three | Narcissism and Psychopathy © 2014 Neuroinstincts | All Rights Reserved Although on the surface, this disorder may appear like a case of severe arrested development, the immaturity of a psychopath is not quite a reflection of being ‘stuck’. The behavior of individuals with primary psychopathy are associated with… Read More »

A Touch of Neuroscience – Psychopathy

  A Touch of Neuroscience © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved Psychopathy is a complex disorder from a neurobiological and psychological standpoint. Neuroscience is a field that’s leading the way in investigating the brain profiles within psychopathy. What’s wrong and/or what’s different within the brain of someone with strong psychopathic traits is extremely important… Read More »

Psychological Abuse | Emotional Abuse

Psychological Abuse | Emotional Abuse © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Psychological and emotional abuse are common within relationships with partners who lack empathy and a conscience. For most it will be safest to avoid individuals with traits associated with violating the rights of others. Otherwise, exposure to individuals… Read More »

Simple Things Matter

Simple things matter © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form The simple things in life can bring such peace and contentment. With the capacity to bond deeply, there is the ability to truly be happy. Your world is real; people and relationships have meaning. You are not… Read More »

Stress and Abuse | The Pain of an Abusive Relationship

  Stress, Abuse and the Brain © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Stress and abuse are difficult conditions to endure. For individuals who become involved with abusive partners, it is not uncommon for them to experience frequent frustration, pain, anxiety and perhaps even fear. Under such… Read More »

Grooming | New Romantic Partnerships with Manipulators

Grooming | New Romantic Partnerships with Manipulators © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form For many individuals with severe personality disturbances there is an additional layer to their excitement and addiction in the beginning stage of their relationships  – Grooming. Unlike the excitement they have for their new target, the grooming… Read More »

Brain Talk Show Skit [video] – Amygdala & Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex

A Little Neuroanatomy Lesson Prefrontal Cortex and the Amygdala © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Want an easy way to remember a little neuroanatomy? Watch ‘NeuroInstincts Live!’ – the favorite talk show of brain regions. We have a couple of brain ‘A listers’ visiting tonight – the… Read More »

Change and Psychopathic Traits – Can it Happen?

Change and Psychopathic Traits Can it Happen? © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All rights reserved Can individuals with psychopathy change if his partner is understanding, nurturing, and loving? This is a common question for many who have fallen in love with a partner with strong psychopathic traits. Many psychopathic partners can be “amazing” mates one minute and… Read More »

He Gets Hurt Too  | Men Abused by Women

He gets hurt too – Men Abused by Women © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Many in society associate domestic violence or abuse with males as the perpetrator. In actuality, the number of men abused by women is quite high. It is a topic that is given… Read More »

Did He Have the Ability to Love Me [video]

The Abusive Relationship  Did He Have the Ability to Love Me | Narcissistic & Psychopathic Relationships © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form An intimate relationship with a violating partner, lacking a conscience is a unique and often traumatizing experience. Individuals with such traits tend to victimize their romantic partners. Most… Read More »

Healing and Psychopath Abuse Recovery

Healing & Psychopath Abuse Recovery © 2013 NeuroInstincts | Rhonda Freeman, PhD All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Psychopath abuse recovery represents a challenging life ordeal. Coming out of these relationships, many look at the world differently and wonder how the heart of someone they loved could be filled with such… Read More »

PTSD | Narcissistic & Psychopathic Abuse

PTSD ~ Narcissistic & Psychopathic Abuse © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form You fall in love and want to build a future with someone that seems pretty special. But this person is not like your other partners. Suddenly you find yourself defending your thoughts and opinions to someone… Read More »

Abuse and Love | What kind of relationship is this?

  Abuse and love  | What kind of relationship is this? © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Abuse and love are two states one would never associate with a healthy relationship. Most would not expect to spend any time struggling to figure out how the person they fell in love… Read More »

The Psychopathic Female [video]

The Psychopathic Female General Overview © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form “Can women have strong psychopathic traits?”  The answer is – yes.  A woman can have an emotional processing disorder that is reflected in disturbed character, emotions, morals, and attachment abilities ~ Psychopathy. Cluster B personality disorders are… Read More »

Idealize, Devalue, Discard [video] | Illustration of a Nonviolent Toxic Relationship Cycle

Idealize, Devalue, Discard Illustration of a nonviolent Toxic relationship © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Jane’s story portrays the drastic behavioral change, betrayal, deception, and pathological lying of callous-unemotional partners. Individuals with strong psychopathic traits tend to cycle through partners in a fairly predictable manner. The cycle… Read More »

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