Narcissism and sociopathy share traits, including a lack of empathy. Narcissism allows the person to detach from concern for others and allows them to focus solely on their own desires and needs. People with these disorders are usually experts at manipulation, denial, and callous disregard for the consequences resulting from their choices and behavior.
Trademarks of Narcissistic Personality Disorder are:
- inflated self-importance
- deflation of importance of others
- lack of empathy for others
- a sense of entitlement
- interpersonally exploitative*
As a society, we have behaved in similar fashion in our treatment of animals. Every imaginable excuse, justification and denial have already been expressed; they all represent a horrendous injustice.