Sociopath or Psychopath?

Here is two terms batting around but liberally accuse this person or that on-line these days…..terms that few understand but liberally spread around as accusations of people they do not agree with…..

For instance….some have accused of Putin of being a psychopath while others have berated Trump as being a sociopath…..

Are the accusations accurate or just wishful thinking?

Now is the time to help readers understand the terms and their meanings…..

Many forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, and criminologists use the terms sociopathy and psychopathy interchangeably.

Leading experts disagree on whether there are meaningful differences between the two conditions.

I contend that there are clear and significant distinctions between sociopath vs. psychopath.

Sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated. They are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage. They are likely to be uneducated and live on the fringes of society, unable to hold down a steady job or stay in one place for very long.

Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions despite their inability to actually feel them and will appear normal to unsuspecting people.

Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature.

Now that you know the difference you may write and use the terms with some authority…..

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6 thoughts on “Sociopath or Psychopath?

  1. I have a disorder which is sometimes portrayed as Psychopath-like. I have autism. Strangely Autism is the opposite of Psychopathy on quite a few levels.

  2. I rarely bother with the scientific words to describe despots. Thw words that I use can’t be printed on a blog!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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