Psychopaths v. Sociopaths …what’s the difference?
“Most of us, fortunately, will never meet a Hannibal Lecter, but psychopaths and sociopaths certainly do exist. And they hide among us. Sometimes as the most successful people in society because they’re often ruthless, callous and superficially charming, while having little or no regard for the feelings or needs of others. These are known as “successful” psychopaths, as they have a tendency to perform premeditated crimes with calculated risk. Or they may manipulate someone else into breaking the law, while keeping themselves safely at a distance. They’re master manipulators of other peoples’ feelings, but are unable to experience emotions themselves.”
“Psychopaths and sociopaths share a number of characteristics, including a lack of remorse or empathy for others, a lack of guilt or ability to take responsibility for their actions, a disregard for laws or social conventions, and an inclination to violence. A core feature of both is a deceitful and manipulative nature.”
“Psychopaths are born and sociopaths are made. In essence, their difference reflects the nature versus nurture debate.”
“If you’re worried about yourself, you can take a quiz to find out…”
Mallett, X. (2015, August 6). Psychopaths Versus Sociopaths: What Is The Difference? Retrieved August 7, 2015, from http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/psychopaths-versus-sociopaths-what-difference.