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Facts About Sociopathy/Psychopathy

Written by: Editorial Staff.

“Sociopath” and “psychopath” are frequently used words in today’s age, and it is very easy to label people with these terms without understanding what they actually mean. Here is a summary of psychopathy and sociopahty.

Brief Overview

Psychopaths often live on the very edges of society and are usually disorganized and are unable to maintain social relationships. Sociopaths are usually obsessively organized and are normal in their social relationships, but tend to form parasitic relationships. Psychopaths find it hard to maintain steady jobs, whereas sociopaths usually have successful careers and try to make others trust and like them. Usually sociopaths are adept at perceiving human emotions but are unable to experience them. This allows them to become master manipulators of human emotions.

A psychopath’s violent acts are usually erratic and unplanned. After a violent act these people are usually easily identified due to a trail of clues and a violent past. A sociopath can plan an act of violence for years and it usually motivated by greed or revenge. Violent crimes by a sociopath are often controlled and go undetected.

Characteristics of sociopathy/pyschopathy

Facts about sociopaths/psychopaths:

  • The term “sociopath” is often interchangeable with “psychopath,” with a related term being the disorder antisocial personality disorder.
  • A sociopath, once in the adult stage of life, cannot be rehabilitated. When diagnosed early he or she can be somewhat rehabilitated. In the adult stages of life sociopaths can be taught to enter into mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Sociopaths and psychopaths are considered to be social predators. Sociopaths are skilled liars and con artists. They are cunning and manipulative, with some being violent.

Common Indicators of a sociopath/psychopath:

  • Sociopaths have a superficial charm and are often very attractive. Most are highly sexual and very clean usually.
  • Sociopaths are usually more spontaneous and intense than normal people. They tend to enjoy fun, high risk activities that others don’t, and are not bound by societal standards. They often engage in outrageous fetish-based sexual encounters and have voracious sexual appetites.
  • Sociopaths and psychopaths are incapable of love, are self-serving, care only about their own survival, and use any means to achieve their goals.
  • Both sociopaths and psychopaths are usually of above-average intelligence, and their brains are their weapon of choice in securing their own security.
  • Sociopaths and psychopaths are usually very good speakers, capable of captivating an audience with their great use of words and poetic sentence structure.
  • Sociopaths are incapable of feeling remorse; they may apologize but it is only for their benefit and not yours.

Comparisons between psychopaths and sociopaths:

  • Psychopaths suffer from lack of empathy and conscience, whereas sociopaths suffer from antisocial personality disorder.
  • Psychopaths are very impulsive and sociopaths vary in impulsivity.
  • Psychopaths are erratic in their behavior, whereas sociopaths control their behavior.
  • Psychopaths tend to leave clues and act on impulsivity, while sociopaths participate in schemes usually and take calculated risks to minimize evidence or exposure.
  • In relation to criminal behavior, psychopaths tend to be opportunistic, or impulsive, with high risk taking. Sociopaths’ crimes are usually premeditated with controlled risks and are very calculated.
  • Psychopaths are unable to maintain normal relationships. Sociopaths appear to be normal in their relationships but are often social predators.
  • Psychopaths are highly predisposed to violence, while sociopaths vary.

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