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

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. John Holmberg
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Neither, really.

Almost all behavior is accounted for by the combination of genetics, experience, and environment.
Sociopathy is most commonly the result of 1) genetics & en utero environment, 2) child abuse and neglect (resulting in low empathy & high beliefs about needing control; low expectation of receiving help from others), 3) low impulse control, and 4) childhood head injuries/learning/behavior problems.

In brief: Neither, really.

Almost all behavior is accounted for by the combination of genetics, experience, and environment.
Sociopathy is most commonly the result of 1) genetics & en utero environment, 2) child abuse and neglect (resulting in low empathy & high beliefs about needing control; low expectation of receiving help from others), 3) low impulse control, and 4) childhood head injuries/learning/behavior problems.
Dr. John Holmberg
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Nature/nurture

There is a nature and nurture component in personality disorders such as psychopathy (AKA antisocial personality disorder) however it's not a question of genetics or environment, it's usually a combination of the two.

In brief: Nature/nurture

There is a nature and nurture component in personality disorders such as psychopathy (AKA antisocial personality disorder) however it's not a question of genetics or environment, it's usually a combination of the two.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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