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The best kind of Psychopath

Neuroscientist Related to Lizzie Borden Finds Out He's a Psychopath

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I just finished the "Sociopath Next Door"  last night, so my curiosity about this personality disorder should be waning soon ;)

Haha. Okay, what is the difference between sociopaths and psychopaths?

This article doesn't quite say:

Here is a pretty good description of the differences:

I think the main difference is the psychopath is violent.  Free dictionary defines them as:  A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse."

A good definition of a sociopath:  They seem to be much more harmless, annoying yes, but not as diabolical as the psychopath. 

Psychopath vs Sociopath from

Psychopathy and sociopathy are both anti-social personality disorders. While both these disorders are the result of an interaction between genetic predispositions and environmental factors, psychopathy leans towards the hereditary whereas sociopathy tends towards the environmental.

Psychopaths are born with temperamental differences such as impulsivity, cortical underarousal, and fearlessness that lead them to risk-seeking behavior and an inability to internalize social norms. On the other hand, sociopaths have relatively normal temperaments; their personality disorder being more an effect of negative sociological factors like parental neglect, delinquent peers, poverty, and extremely low or extremely high intelligence.

Anti-social personality disorder results in extremely violent acts. Though psychiatrists often consider and treat sociopaths and psychopaths as the same, criminologists treat them as different because of the difference in their outward behavior.

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