Can someone be an empath and also a narcissist?


Can someone be an empath and also a narcissist?


Answer: People who have true narcissistic personality disorder also have an empathy deficient disorder – so, it is unlikely that they are empaths. In my book The Genius of Empathy I write about this disorder and how to identify this trait in others. People who aren’t full-blown narcissists can exhibit some narcissistic traits and may also have some empathic traits.These people who simply have some traits have the potential to heal, change and show more empathy. In contrast those with Empathy Deficient Disorder are neurologically wired differently so true empathy is much harder, if not impossible, to access in themselves.Those with this type of disorder focus on their own needs and neglect or don’t care about the feelings of others.They lack a moral compass.

I offer an online workshop “Healing the Toxic Attraction Between Empaths and Narcissists” in which I discuss how to break the narcissist’s hold on your life so you can begin to create healthy relationships.Learn more here: Here.

In healing,
Dr. Orloff


Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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