11 Habits That Distinguish Someone Who’s Cocky From Someone Who’s A Narcissist
We likely know arrogant or cocky people in our lives, and we may throw around the word “narcissistic” when referring to them. But there’s actually a pretty significantdifference between arrogance and narcissism, and it’s definitely worth acknowledging.
While there are cocky, arrogant traits that fall into both camps, experts agree that a narcissistic person will be way more toxic to be around. “There is definitely cockiness in narcissism,” mental health counselor Erin C. Parisi, LMHC, CAP tells Bustle. “Both seem pretty full of themselves, both probably like attention … But the major difference, that absolutely makes narcissism more of a problem than just cockiness, is the empathy piece. Someone who lacks empathy, has little compassion for others, and can’t see things from another point of view,” may meet criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
But it’s important not to diagnose anyone, since experts say many people have some of these traits, to one degree or another. “Keeping in mind all traits fall on a spectrum of severity, a person can be ‘a little’ cocky or arrogant, or ‘very’ cocky or arrogant,” Parisi says. “Same is true of narcissism. Some people could technically meet criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder but don’t have severe interpersonal problems, while others repeatedly end up in legal trouble.”
The two can seem similar, but NPD can greatly impact the sufferers life, as well as the lives of the people they meet. By recognizing what NPD might look like, in comparison to arrogance, you can help protect yourself from getting caught up in a toxic situation. Here are a few ways experts say arrogance differs from narcissism.
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