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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between A Psychopath And Sociopath

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Sociopath (Definition)

A sociopath is someone who exemplifies antisocial personality disorder. Sociopaths are glib and superficially charming; they are masters of influence and deception. They have no guilt or remorse about exploiting or manipulating other people; winning is the most important thing. They can use words poetically and almost hypnotically. When veracity is challenged, ...Read more


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What are the main differences between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder?

What are the main differences between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder?

Major differences: Psychopath= a person who exploits others without concern for whether they are hurting the person (i.e. Not having a conscience) ("sociopath" is an outdated term for psychopath) borderline personality=is typically a long-standing set of traits that cause extreme and chronic relationship problems narcissistic personality=long-standing belief and acting that one is superior to others. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissism?

What's the difference between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissism?

Personality problems: Psychopath and sociopath describe someone who lies, cheats, steals, exploits others, and has no remorse -- like antisocial personality disorder. Narcissistic pd exploits others too, but they feel entitled and there's not so much lying. Antisocial does it b/c he feels everyone else does it. Borderline pd needs others desperately & falls apart when rejected. Dramatic, unstable, self-injuring. ...Read more

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How do a sociopath and a psychopath differ?

How do a sociopath and a psychopath differ?

Overlapping terms: The two terms are often used synonymously. There is disagreement about the differences between the two terms and there is also difference of opinion regarding how to best measure psychopathy and whether there is a spectrum of psychopathic behavior and symptoms. Essentially, both are conditions where there is poor behavioral control, illegal behavior and a lack of remorse for hurting others. ...Read more

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How are psychopath and sociopath different?

How are psychopath and sociopath different?

Sociopath/Psychopath: are basically the same disorder. Sociopath is a newer term for psychopath. Some people debate slight differences but the terms refer to complete disregard for the feelings and rights of others. It's as if the person is born w/out a conscience. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can a truly normal person turn into a psychopath or sociopath, or are they born that way?

Can a truly normal person turn into a psychopath or sociopath, or are they born that way?

Antisocial: Sociopathy can result in young adults with history of conduct disorder who have early history of oppositional defiant disorder who at earlier age had attention deficit disorder that was not treated. No studies confirm inheritance as a cause. Is more common in males. ...Read more

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Does a psychopath or sociopath have antisocial pd?

No: I consider "psychopath" to be a person with little to no conscious meaning that the person can exploit and hurt others freely and without remorse. Antisocial pd is a wider term for people (more men) who live in contrary way toward others and society (e.g. Break laws) but could still feel bad or want to change at some point. A portion of those with apd are also psychopaths. ...Read more

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Can you become a sociopath or psychopath in your teen years rather than being born that way?

Can you become a sociopath or psychopath in your teen years rather than being born that way?

Sociopath/psycopath: Yes you can and you dont have to be borne that waythogh in some cases there may be family history of this trait. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an antisocial personalty disorder without being a psychopath or sociopath?

Yes: I consider "psychopath" to be a person with little to no conscious meaning that the person can exploit and hurt others freely and without remorse. Antisocial pd is a wider term for people (more men) who live in contrary way toward others and society (e.g. Break laws) but could still feel bad or want to change at some point. A portion of those with apd are also psychopaths. ...Read more

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