Sociopath Versus Psychopath

The condition of psychopathy has intrigued psychologists for years. A complicated and mysterious personality disorder, psychopathy invokes poor impulse control, the rejection of moral social norms, and often violent and aggressive behaviour. With close symptoms to that of a similar personality disorder known as sociopathy, the relation between these two conditions is a major topic of interest.

Here are some characteristics of both :

Psychopath

  • Developed in the first years of life. It is a product of the interaction between biology/nature (brain connections and genes) and environment (abuse, abandonment).
  • More dangerous throughout life, tends to decrease in middle age. Does not respond to punishment, fear, stress, or disapproval.
  • Is cool and calculating. Can suppress antisocial impulses most of the time, but only if it suits him/her.
  • Lack emotional empathy. Can mirror and display emotion outwardly, but does not feel it inwardly. With cognitive empathy, can understand, but not feel, other people’s emotion.

Sociopath

  • Made that way. Is mainly a product of environment, especially severe abuse, usually before puberty. Genetics play less of a role.
  • Less dangerous over long periods of time. Is vulnerable to stress, anxiety, and shame like a normal person.
  • Is an “angry loser”. Responds to bad experiences by getting even with the world or with a category of person, e.g. women of a certain type.
  • Has empathy and near normal temperament. Is capable of feeling the emotions of others, and in having and feeling emotions.

Reference : https://i.insider.com/569959d8c08a80880e8b9fbd?width=1100&format=jpeg&auto=webp

8 Comments Add yours

      1. Halbarbera says:

        To me, the news seems to be dominated by the actions of psychopaths/sociopaths, is it not?

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Halbarbera says:

        Inspired post….

        Liked by 1 person

      3. GS says:

        Glad to hear that!!

        Liked by 1 person

  1. Dragthepen says:

    Wow. Who knew. Thank you for the information.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Most welcome

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