Borderline vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder


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Angela told Tom that she understood his need to be more recognized by his boss. She loved Tom almost instantly after meeting him and loved to listen to him talk about his difficulties at work. Tom said something about wanting to leave the company and move out of the city, and Angela got scared that he would leave her. She erupted into an angry outburst directed towards Tom. Which of the following characteristics differentiates Angela's borderline personality disorder from someone who has narcissistic personality disorder?

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1. Tony loved to be the center of attention. He studied joke books so that he could be seen as funny by others. He would often crack jokes at parties, but his jokes were often directed at hurting others and making them uncomfortable. He didn't understand that his jokes were deeply hurting others' feelings. Which of the following symptoms, all characteristic of narcissistic personality disorder, is Tony NOT showing?

2. Which percentage of people who are diagnosed with BPD are also diagnosed with NPD?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can quickly assess your understanding of BPD and NPD with this quiz/worksheet combo. Topics you will be tested on include traits that are not a similarity between BPD and NPD, and the percentage of people diagnosed with both disorders.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • The traits of BPD and NPD
  • The likelihood of being diagnosed with both disorders
  • Episodes of anger in narcissistic personality disorder

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills in this lesson:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on BPD versus NPD
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding episodes of anger related to NPD
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast traits found in each of these disorders

Additional Learning

You can learn more about these disorders with the accompanying lesson called Borderline vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This lesson outlines these objectives:

  • Define borderline personality disorder
  • Explain narcissistic personality disorder
  • Describe the similarities of these disorders
  • Examine the differences between narcissistic and borderline personality disorders