• Jose Salazar

What's the difference between a sociopath and psychopath?

Around the world, you probably have heard the words "Sociopath" or "Psychopath," but what do those words even mean?

A "sociopath" is a term people describe a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. These types of people tend to have a lack of empathy for others, impulsive behavior, and lying for personal gain.

A "psychopath" is a person who is callous, unemotional, and morally depraved. The psychopathic traits tend to evolve during childhood and become worse throughout the years. Some traits are a superficial charm, need for stimulation, pathological lying, and a common one, manipulativeness.

Experts see psychopaths as people with little or no conscience, and they see sociopaths with limited, albeit weak, ability to feel empathy and remorse.

According to verywellmind.com, here are some differences between a sociopath and a psychopath:


  • Make it clear they do not care how others feel

  • Behave in hot-headed and impulsive ways

  • Prone to fits of anger and rage

  • Recognize what they are doing but rationalize their behavior

  • Cannot maintain a regular work and family life

  • Can form emotional attachments, but it is difficult


  • Pretend to care

  • Display cold-hearted behavior

  • Fail to recognize other people's distress

  • Have relationships that are shallow and fake

  • Maintain a normal life as a cover for criminal activity

  • Fail to form genuine emotional attachments

  • May love people in their own way

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