We often hear about psychopaths. Sometimes we call others psychopaths, either because they behave in ways we do not like or because we feel they have the wrong opinions. In the old days, psychopathy was reserved for men, and crazy women were usually called hysterical.
In psychology, the word psychopath is less frequently used over the last years. This is due partly to the fact that the word has become a general insult, but also because we have started to differentiate psychopathy in a variety of personality disorders. There are still psychopaths today, and they are people with a mix of several personality disorders.
This site is about narcissistic personality disorder, often called ‘psychopathy light’. The nickname is used because narcissists are very close to what was the main reason why people were characterized as psychopaths before.
Between 8 and 13% of us have a personality disorder. For narcissism, the figures are around 1%. For women we are talking about 0.8 to 0.9% of the population, and when it comes to men the number is 1.1%.