There is a lot of debate about whether there is a meaningful difference between sociopaths and psychopaths.
The DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by psychologists) lists both under the heading of Anti-social Personality Disorder, and there are different schools of thought on whether they should be treated as distinct.
Psychopaths and sociopaths both apparently lack a conscience. Both will engage in behavior that harms others with no feeling of guilt or remorse, and rarely consider the risks to others implicit in their actions. They have an intellectual understanding of pro-social emotions, but seem to feel no emotional bonds with others. The result is that they can seem like perfectly decent and reasonable human beings in most situations, but can take bizarrely inappropriate actions to satisfy perceived insults, fantasies, or mere whims.
Those psychologists who make a distinction between the two usually do so on the basis of organization. Sociopaths are seen as disorganized and rash, making extreme responses to normal situations. They lack impulse control. Psychopaths, by contrast, are highly organized, often secretly planning out and fantasizing about their acts in great detail before actually committing them, and sometimes manipulating people around them.
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Something I noticed is that a psychopath is less good at hiding it, and just doesn’t care what happens to them or others. A sociopath is pretty good at hiding it and cares about what happens to them. They both see themselves as higher than the human race. By the way psychopaths mixed melted cheese and mint gum together in public l, while sociopaths do that in private. A little joke. Acknowledge this, understand it, and move on.
Note: For anyone that does end up reading this, I am not a creditable source. I simply did some Google research and that’s it. This is basic knowledge but you should still do your own research.
The Defining characteristic of the narcissist is grandiosity. The narcissist is more likely to be attention seeking, envious and to desire admiration.The defining characteristic of the sociopath/psychopath is callousness. The sociopath/psychopath is more likely to engage in illegal activity, to be aggressive, impulsive and deceitful.
For some people, these two terms are interchangeable.
A pathological liar could be a psychopath, but statistically speaking he is probably just narcissistic and/or ASPD (sociopath). Psychopaths are the extreme version of ASPD. Essentially it is someone who intentionally causes trauma to another.
He says he is not a psychopath but a "high functioning sociopath".
He was a psychopath or sociopath.
Yes it can be in many cases and also a sociopath....
Psychopath, he was able to blend in with society in a way a sociopath could not
He was a psychopath/sociopath, and felt no empathy for his victims.
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Sociopaths are people who feel no empathy, will crush others to either advance or succeed at their own agenda. A Psychopath is someone who harbors all of the same characteristics of a sociopath only they will go to great lengths to kill.
Psychopath. Sociopath. Footpath. Telepath. Bypath. Allopath.
the difference between mentally ill and psychopath is that mentally ill could be anything from ADHD-OCD it also includes PTSD. A phsychopath is someone who has odd tendancies to violently lash out.
That's like putting two Pit Bulls into a gunny sack! A Psychopath is a very dangerous person so it is obvious that this relationship would never work out even if the Psychopath got psychological counseling.
My experience has been a sociopath requires victims to hurt. A pathological liar's primary concern is not the injury of other beings.
Needs an answer. Surely there are some differences.
Some signs that a person is a psychopath are that they will not follow through on any plans, and they threaten suicide often. They also will be very unreliable and have no shame.
A psychopath is a person with a mental illness. They are unable to learn from past mistakes, and usually seek pleasure in aggressive illegal acts like murder. Psychopathy is very similar to sociopathy, but not everyone who is a sociopath is also a psychopath. Psychopaths are more violent and dangerous.
There are technical differences, but it is largely a matter of degree. Neither is likely to ever be a decent partner.
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An individual cannot be both. Psychopathy is caused by genetic factors such as a shrunken amygdala or altered grey matter in your brain while sociopathy is caused by social factors such as severe trauma. Sociopathy is most definitely not just a newer word for psychopathy, however individuals with either condition usually share a lot of the same charecterstics. Sociopaths are also more likely to be able to form meaningful relationships than psychopaths.
Most people believe that sociopathy is mainly caused by trauma in early childhood. It's unlikely that an adult would suddenly switch his/her opinions completely, and it is also unlikely that a baby would be born a sociopath.
Sociopath seems to be someone who has ill intentions and is purposely hurtful while someone with explosive rage may just have problems dealing with anger and bottles it up until it turns to rage.
Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormally immoral conduct despite an ability to appear normal. ...sociopath: someone with a sociopathic personality; a person with an antisocial personality disorder (`psychopath' was once widely used but has now been superseded by `sociopath')