psychopath vs sociopath

psychopath sociopath


  • 1) A person who perpetrates especially gruesome or bizarre violent acts.
  • 2) A person diagnosed with antisocial or dissocial personality disorder.
  • 3) A person who has no moral conscience.
  • 4) A person with a personality disorder indicated by a pattern of lying, cunning, manipulating, glibness, exploiting, heedlessness, arrogance, delusions of grandeur, sexual promiscuity, low self-control, disregard for morality, lack of acceptance of responsibility, callousness, and lack of empathy and remorse. Such an individual may be especially prone to violent and criminal offenses.
  • 5) A person who engages repeatedly in criminal and antisocial behavior without remorse or empathy for those victimized.
  • 6) A morally irresponsible person.


  • 1) A person with an antisocial personality disorder, exhibiting antisocial behavior that usually is the result of social and environmental factors in the person's early life.
  • 2) An adult who has a personality disorder marked by antisocial behavior.
  • 3) someone with a sociopathic personality; a person with an antisocial personality disorder (`psychopath' was once widely used but has now been superseded by `sociopath')


  • 1) Thus, I propose that the medical community move to formally and exclusively resurrect the term psychopath where the honor is due, if only for basic public health and safety purposes.
  • 2) Now, officially, psychiatrists don ` t use the term psychopath anymore.
  • 3) Several of the 20 items require the examiner to rate personality traits that we historically think of when we use the term "psychopath," such as whether the person shows a lack of remorse or guilt, appears callous, seems superficially charming, and has an inflated sense of self-worth i.e., the personality component.
  • 4) My primary reservation about using the PCL-R in the criminal justice system is that research suggests its personality component and the label "psychopath" are highly stigmatizing, evoking images of fictional villains like Hannibal Lecter as well as real-world serial killers such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • 5) We should remember, however, that the term psychopath is a concept, one not necessarily fully present in reality.
  • 6) No, given the stature of psychopaths like Hitler, Stalin, and Ted Bundy, Bill Clinton is not in the same league nor should he have his image inset next to the term psychopath in the dictionary.
  • 7) Though we prefer to use the term psychopath to refer to those born lacking a healthy emotional substratum that renders human morality and conscience active in individuals, we agree that the condition is becoming an epidemic in our days and suggest the following books to anyone interested in educating themselves on the subject:
  • 8) Does Senator Sessions not know that the defining trait of a psychopath is a total lack of empathy?
  • 9) ‘For a long time we wanted to believe that here we were dealing with abnormal monsters, psychopaths, or mentally defective, even psychotic individuals.’
  • 10) ‘Nigel Eastman believes that even if neuroscientists could prove that psychopaths had abnormal brains, they'd still be left with the inconvenient fact that nobody seems to know quite what a psychopath is in the first place.’
  • 11) ‘Studying the statements of violent criminal psychopaths sheds light on their striking and specific vulnerability and emotional pain.’
  • 12) ‘They told him that a violent psychopath had escaped from the local mental institution.’
  • 13) ‘Will it some day be possible to genetically engineer violent psychopaths?’
  • 14) ‘Stuart Kinner is interested in an evolutionary model of psychopathy, a sort of disturbing explanation that says psychopaths exist because they're well-adapted to our society.’
  • 15) ‘Some psychopaths are aggressive and commit violent crimes, other psychopaths are non-aggressive. Many other persistent criminals are said to have personality defects.’
  • 16) ‘The majority of offenders with an APD diagnosis on file were in fact psychopaths, once more highlighting the asymmetric association between these two disorders.’
  • 17) ‘One study found a greater proportion of psychopaths in sex offenders who had assaulted and/or unlawfully confined female prison staff members than in a sample of the general sex offender population.’
  • 18) ‘Cult leaders are usually psychopaths with a desire for power and often take ideas from politics, religion and psychology to fulfill their purpose, he said.’
  • 19) ‘Stuart Kinner analyzes psychopaths, a mere one percent of the population who account for more than half of serious crimes.’
  • 20) ‘Though diagnosed as a psychopath and then as suffering from hysterical amnesia - which he later said he faked - no one ever considered Hess clinically insane.’
  • 21) ‘She has a boyfriend, who is not an aggressive psychopath like the stalker, but gentle and decent.’
  • 22) ‘His book is populated with scoundrels, megalomaniacs, psychopaths, manipulators and sadists - people he happens to find interesting.’
  • 23) ‘History is littered with despots and psychopaths, murderous dullards, evil geniuses, deadly incompetents, calamitous brutes of all descriptions.’
  • 24) ‘Canadian documentary The Corporation, which depicts large companies as greedy, manipulative, deceitful psychopaths, is currently enjoying box-office success.’
  • 25) ‘The people have a government of crooks, cronies, liars, thugs and psychopaths who offer no leadership or positive vision and so lead their people to a life of squalor and desperation.’
  • 26) ‘Morrison finds herself the hostage of a violent psychopath, trapped in a siege that cannot end without bloodshed.’


  • 1) It would be another man's name, another fortuitous match of an unused life and a sociopath 's inexplicable mission.
  • 2) ‘Professor Kets de Vries says the world can neatly be divided into three distinct behavioural groups: sociopaths, psychopaths and what he calls ‘normopaths’, or excessively normal people.’
  • 3) ‘With the exception of sociopaths, who are expert liars, most people sound tense, their voices highly pitched, when they fib.’
  • 4) ‘No society has yet been able to free itself of sociopaths, extreme bigots, and aggressive personalities.’
  • 5) ‘Even highly skilled mental health professionals are often fooled by sociopaths, and the narcissistic behavior they exhibit is extraordinarily effective in manipulating and controlling their victims.’
  • 6) ‘He or she may be a sociopath, a psychopath, or simply a good liar.’
  • 7) ‘The complaint seems to be that the majority of the people leaving comments are negative creeps, violent sociopaths or people with no sense of decorum, politeness or appropriateness.’
  • 8) ‘Some people are clearly sociopaths while others are so delusional that it is clearly unfair to expect them to behave in a rational manner.’
  • 9) ‘I have learned that these people are sociopaths with no thought whatsoever for what happens to other creatures.’
  • 10) ‘There's no universally agreed upon difference between the word sociopath and psychopath.’
  • 11) ‘But the claim that some sociopaths are born does not preclude the possibility that some sociopaths are made.’
  • 12) ‘Psycopaths or sociopaths are not mad, they have personality disorders which cannot be cured as they are ingrained into a person's psyche.’
  • 13) ‘While I'm well aware I have many mental issues, I know I can never be a sociopath because guilt and shame are my two oldest friends.’
  • 14) ‘Dramatic mental failures of this sort shade into failures of empathy, a deficit found in many sociopaths, who also show reduced function of the frontal cortices.’
  • 15) ‘Indeed, these very same people are the most vicious sociopaths when it comes to beating down, and destroying the careers of, talented people below them who they perceive as a threat.’
  • 16) ‘I see ‘evil’ being the actions of a person who chooses to be a sociopath, someone who knows right and wrong and chooses wrong.’
  • 17) ‘Franklin was a manipulative murderer and quite possibly a sociopath.’
  • 18) ‘The term antisocial personality is often used interchangeably with psychopath or sociopath and is connotative of many forms of deviant behavior.’
  • 19) ‘While the film is engrossing, its bleak message doesn't resonate for long because we've heard it before: society gets the homicidal sociopaths it deserves and there's plenty of blame to spread around.’
  • 20) ‘The Card Perseveration Task was developed by Siegel to assist in measuring pathology in sociopaths, specifically, the apparent inability to respond to punishment.’
  • 21) ‘Internet discussion groups at times appear to be founts of perspicacity and wisdom, at other times the ultimate refuge for sociopaths releasing years of pent-up frustration.’

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