Sociopathy vs Psychopathy – What’s the difference?

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Many people use the terms sociopathy and psychopathy interchangeably, but they have different meanings.

“Sociopath” is an unofficial term to describe a person who has antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), whereas psychopathy describes a set of personality traits.

ASPD is a mental health disorder characterized by a disregard for other people.

Those with ASPD tend to lie, break laws, act impulsively, and lack regard for their own safety or the safety of others. Symptoms may lessen with age.

Psychopathy is a neuropsychiatric disorder marked by deficient emotional responses, lack of empathy, and poor behavioral controls, commonly resulting in persistent antisocial deviance and criminal behavior.

Sociopaths have less consistent behavior than psychopaths. Psychopaths are more controlled and charming. Their manipulation is more detached, and they plan ahead.

Sociopaths experience anxiety and find rage far harder to control. They may act without thought and, as a result, they may have a harder time blending in.

ASPD and psychopathy can overlap. Learn more about it in this video.

Remember that this video is not made to attack anyone who may display these signs or anyone diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, but rather to understand and bring more awareness to the topic.

This video is also for informative purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition.

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