The terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” might seem similar, but they describe different things. A psychopath has a serious mental condition that causes unusual or harmful social behavior. A sociopath has a personality issue that leads to extreme distant attitudes and behaviors.
Psychopathy is like a more severe form of sociopathy, with more symptoms. So, all psychopaths are sociopaths, but not all sociopaths are psychopaths. How they act and present themselves can vary. Psychopaths can be charming but lack empathy. Sociopaths can be nervous, angry, and act without thinking.
Psychopaths show traits like:
– No guilt or remorse
– Lack of empathy
– Superficial emotions
– Shallow charm
– Lying and manipulation
– Risky behavior
Sociopaths are diagnosed around age 18 and have traits like:
– Repeated lawbreaking
– Frequent lying
– Physical aggression
– Disregard for safety
– Unstable work and family life
– No guilt
– Overprotectiveness toward loved ones
In the end, both psychopaths and sociopaths are harmful to society. While they can do bad things, sociopaths care about those they have a bond with and won’t hurt them. Sociopaths trust very few people and will go to great lengths to protect them.
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