Differences between Sociopaths and Psychopaths


“Sociopathy, while severely the less understood of the two disorders, can be congenital or acquired. Psychopathy, meanwhile, is generally considered a confluence of genetic and chemical imbalances.”

“Psychopaths lack the proper neurological frameworks to develop a sense of ethics and morality. Sociopaths interact with their social worlds in a meaningful way, but their moral compasses needed a massive tune-up yesterday.”

“They (Psychopaths) show no remorse for their actions, usually because of a lesion on a part of their brain responsible for fear and judgment, known as the amygdala.”

“Sociopaths are a different breed. They, too, may suffer from their mental illness as a result of lesioned brain regions. Upbringing may also play a larger role in a child becoming a sociopath versus those that are diagnosed as psychopaths, or the slide into dementia on the other end of the spectrum.”


Weller, C. (2014, March 6). What’s The Difference Between A Sociopath And A Psychopath? (Not Much, But One Might Kill You). Retrieved August 7, 2015, from http://www.medicaldaily.com/whats-difference-between-sociopath-and-psychopath-not-much-one-might-kill-you-270694