Psychopath vs. Sociopath

Psychopath
Sociopath

Psychopathy and sociopathy are anti-social personality disorders. While both these disorders are the result of an interaction between genetic predispositions and environmental factors, psychopathy is used when the underlying cause leans towards the hereditary. Sociopath is the term used when the antisocial behavior is a result of a brain injury or belief system and upbringing. In recent years, the term psychopath has acquired a specific meaning and the condition is now more widely understood.

Psychopaths are born with temperamental differences such as impulsiveness, cortical under-arousal, and fearlessness that lead them to risk-seeking behavior and an inability to internalize social norms. On the other hand, sociopaths have relatively normal temperaments; their personality disorder being more an effect of negative sociological factors like parental neglect, delinquent peers, poverty, and extremely low or extremely high intelligence.

Anti-social personality disorder results in extremely violent acts. Though psychiatrists often consider and treat sociopaths and psychopaths as the same, criminologists treat them as different because of the difference in their outward behavior.

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Psychopath

Sociopath

Suffers from Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD); lack of empathy or conscience, delusional. Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD).
Origin of illness Psychologists generally use the term psychopathy to imply an innate condition of the individual. It's derived from the nature part of the nature vs. nurture debate. The term sociopathy generally implies that environmental factors, such as upbringing, have played a role in the development of the ASPD.
Predisposition to Violence High Varied
Impulsivity Varies; generally low High
Behavior Controlled Erratic
Criminal behavior Tendency to participate in schemes and take calculated risks to minimize evidence or exposure. Tendency to leave clues and act on impulse.
Criminal Predispositions Tendency for premeditated crimes with controllable risks, criminal opportunism, fraud, calculated or opportunistic violence. Tendency for impulsive or opportunistic criminal behavior, excessive risk taking, impulsive or opportunistic violence.
Social relationships Unable to maintain normal relationships. Values relationships that benefit themselves. May hurt family and friends without feeling guilty. Tendency to appear superficially normal in social relationships, often social predators. Can empathize with close friends or family; will feel guilty if they hurt people close to them.

Contents: Psychopath vs Sociopath

Differences in Outward Behavior of a Psychopath and a Sociopath

Social Relationships

Both sociopaths and psychopaths are capable of forming relationships. The neurology of psychopaths makes it hard for them to feel empathy. They value relationships that benefit them but do not feel guilty about taking advantage of close friends and family. Both psychopaths and sociopaths can be extremely charming but sociopaths are generally capable of empathy and guilt. To that extent, their relationships — at least with people they end up getting close to — can be "normal".

Psychopaths can be very manipulative and pernicious in their abuse of the people around them. Unlike sociopaths, they can be almost obsessively organized and give the appearance of normal in their social relationships, often forming symbiotic or parasitic relations.

Career

Psychopaths often have successful careers and try to make others like and trust them. This is because they understand human social emotions quite well but are unable to experience them. This allows them to be master manipulators of human emotions.

Sociopaths often find it hard to maintain a steady job and home.

Violent tendencies

Even though psychopathy is characterized by impulsiveness, psychopaths are usually very meticulous in planning their crimes. Their crimes can go undetected for a long time. Violent crimes are rare; most psychopaths either take advantage of those around them without doing anything illegal, or engage in white collar crime such as fraud.

A sociopath's outbreaks of violence tend to be erratic and unplanned. They also tend to leave more clues.

Both sociopaths and psychopaths commit crime because they are motivated by greed or revenge. But psychopaths feel no remorse after their crimes because they lack the ability to empathize.

Similarities between Psychopaths and Sociopaths

Sociopaths and psychopaths both face medical disorders that can be treated or alleviated if properly diagnosed. Treatment involves therapies and may involve proper medication. In fact, psychiatrists often don't distinguish between the two based on behavior; instead, they label a person with ASPD a sociopath if their mental condition is a result of mainly social conditions like abuse during childhood and a psychopath if the condition is mainly congenital.

The symptoms in both cases begin to establish and surface at approximately fifteen years of age. The initial symptom can be excessive cruelty to animals followed by lack of conscience, remorse or guilt for hurtful actions to others at a later stage. There may be an intellectual understanding of appropriate social behavior but no emotional response to the actions of others. Psychopaths may also face an inability to form genuine relationships, and may show inappropriate or out of proportion reaction to perceived negligence.

Treatment and Support

Antisocial Personality Disorder is a mental illness that can be managed with drugs and therapy.

The Mayo Clinic also has information on the illness and resources for support.

Psychopath vs Psychotic

It should be noted that psychopaths are not "insane" or mentally disabled. A psychotic person suffers a break from reality, characterized by delusions and hallucinations. This usually renders the individual unable to function normally. But psychopaths are not mentally disabled and do not lose contact with reality.

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Anonymous comments (40)

July 13, 2013, 5:28am

The life of a sociopath, ultimately, is a sad one.

They can have all of the affect, and none of the true feeling. They do not understand their own anger, risk taking, or indifference / lack of empathy. Their rage may frighten them, as it is not generally in their best interest to physically harm another person because imprisonment and bankruptcy may result. They do not understand why they so easily distance themselves from those they categorize as friends and family. They do not understand why there is no substance to their outward presentation of "self" ... why they are so chamelionic - so easily able to change appearance, mannerisms, jobs, emotions like that ever-changing lizzard.

In the end, their existence is hollow and lonely, even in the midst of the family they convince themselves that they should "love."

They function ... move through life ... like automatons ... following an ingrained code of behavior and emotion scripted (plagiarized is more like it) from the lives of others, from media, from comic books.

Yet they know they are not original, merely copies of real people with real emotions, lives, ambitions, goals, friends, loving families.

And they frequently scare even themselves by what they do and realize they are capable of doing ... with utter disregard for others. Their cruelty is at odds with their own "code" and yet it is an immutable part of their personality and identity.

Yes, a sad and a lonely life, for they are strangers even unto themselves.

I know.

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June 18, 2014, 7:39pm

I just believe that everyone is crazy, in their own way. We're all people, and we all have our own ways of thinking and systems of morality. That of which is based on our childhood and personality. No two people are ever the same in looks or mind. God created us to have complete freedom of choice. It would be really boring if everyone thought the same things anyway, wouldn't it?

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May 31, 2014, 8:34am

What is all this "suffers from" stuff? Looks to me like sociapaths/psychopaths leave all the suffering to others! And, the real experts on these categories of people say either that they cannot be treated (or euphamistacally, they are "difficult" to treat). Psychopaths feel no sympathy for others and I don't see why they deserve sympathy from us. Do you feel compassion for Bernie Madoff? Ted Bundy? Those of you who say you would like to know these people....I suggest you limit you knowledge to that gained by reading books about them. Any other approach can be dangerously self-destructive. Not every human trait, characteristic, or evil can be cured by psychiatry.

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April 1, 2014, 6:10am

I'm waiting for the judges ruling after a three year hellish divorce process with a sociopath/psychopath. He told me how things were going to be ( regarding the divorce ) from the beginning, a threatened to "do ANYTHING... to protect myself. And I do mean ANYTHING. Have I made myself clear ?" It's been a crazy scarey ride. I just hang onto Gods promises to free me from the damage this very sick man has caused for me and our three young adult kids. This sounds old fashion, I know; but his emotional abuse grew as his porn addiction grew. I had no idea what I was married to for 30 years. Lying, cheating, greedy, money laundering , arrogant narcissist with loads of secrets! He will likely try to kill me to avoid alimony. But I'd rather die than be under his control anymore. I'm free!

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January 20, 2014, 11:40pm

I'm sure they are all around you; if they're doing it right, you won't notice.

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October 29, 2013, 4:01am

i wonder how many people are actual sociopaths and psychopaths commenting anonymously
or are just schizophrenics who think they are that

a sociopath is not going to come to a site like this and if they think they are a sociopath and did well they're a bit dumb if they were a sociopath they would be intelligent enough to know police can find your IP if you commented anoynmously if you didn't use any proxy due to the fear they will get caught a sociopath wouldn't come here

and a psychopath is too head up butt to even think there is anything wrong with them so they don't understand and continue to live their life in a different way

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April 7, 2013, 7:04am

How does one know that sociopaths have no emotion? They are good at mimicking others, lying, and seeming as though they do, so if a sociopath tells you they have no emotions, can you really trust their claim? What other ways are their to tell, other than a first hand account?

I have sociopathic tendencies. such as I steel items for my own satisfaction (And haven't been caught), I bother and sometimes hurt people who are close to me and I can convince them that I didn't mean to, I'm good at lying, I have violent fantasies, generally envolving the pain of others (I NEVER follow through), etc. Contrary to the other facts, though, I have had a perfectly fine childhood, with the exception of being more restricted than other kids my age and being a kind of social outcast since first grade, but I still have always had good friends and loving parents, plus I feel emotions. Am I still a sociopath?

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March 18, 2013, 7:59pm

Is it possible to be a psychopath or sociopath but also have lots of empathy towards animals and "pure" people. I know someone who shows lots if signs of an extremely violent sociopath but cares a lot for animals and people he considers pure while not showing any concern for any person which isn't pure. He would, if not for the consequences torture, kill and possibly eat people who deserve it, if he believes he can get away with it, I believe this is more than possible. He has been in with a women he thought was pure, he ended it and is still hurting 4 years later. He fits the descriptions perfectly apart from the empathy for pure people and animals and had been in love like that. He is clever, very vengeful,very manipulative, can make people do anything he wants, very charming and polite and innocent to certain people and then the complete opposite with others, has no empathy for violence at all, people that have been raped ect unless he believes they are pure, he will feel more empathy for an injured animal than person, he believes that people aren't more important than animals. He lives on his own, has a drug habit, been sexually active from very young before puberty, extreme aggression but a nice guy if you are somewhat innocent. He is a nice guy, just don't get on the wrong side if him. He lives by his own moral laws and will judge people according to his laws. Treat people the way the treat you and other people. Will be nice until u cross him or others then will rip your head off lol.
I would have no doubt in my mind that he was a sociopath if he didn't show empathy for animals, pure people and hasn't been in love. What is this, I know he isn't normal there are things that aren't mentioned that no one normal would not be bothered by.

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October 23, 2012, 3:15pm

I'm a sociopath, and let me tell you, it's not picnic. When we learn what we really are, it's distressing. It's just as distressing to see what some people think of us, and forget the fact that we are still human beings. We are still made from the same organic material you are...we're just...different.

Trust me when I tell you, this isn't fun. It's actually quite miserable, knowing that you may never understand others, knowing that nobody may ever really understand you. The fear of the stigma, of people running in the other direction if you get the courage to tell them to their face. Wondering if you'll ever amount to anything, wondering why you even have a family to begin with, pondering why you're related when all you can view them as are strangers, people that share a house that you feel next to nothing towards. Also, the pain of knowing, once you really find out what you are and why you are the way you are, that you may never receive love.

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September 26, 2012, 4:30pm

I feel so much sympathy for people who are emotionless.

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March 19, 2014, 4:24pm

I lived with one for 32 years unknown to me. He is dead now but the damage he caused to his child and myself lives on.Sociopaths are very smart and manipulative people. If it feels wrong, it is ! Run dont walk away from them. They are very dangerous people. They will destroy you. Good luck

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February 23, 2014, 7:48pm

You might think you would like to meet a socio or psychopath, but trust me - you wouldn't. You think that you would be able to recognise them or outwit them, but you can't. For everyone who has had contact with one and has been ruined I highly recommend the book The Empathy Trap. It will teach you how to protect yourself. Have as little contact as possible or none at all if you can. If you have children with one meet them somewhere other than your house, write everything down, get witnesses to write you letters and don't let them know anything about your life. Stay safe. Good luck.

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February 22, 2014, 3:06pm

Do not try to understand them, do not try to inferstand why they picked you as their victim, and what you did wrong. there is no explination. it has got nothing to do with you all though they make you believe so. The only way to deal with sociopaths is to Not deal with them. Get out while you are still alive a doctor once said!

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January 29, 2014, 9:59am

I'm Daniel,
I am researching all the differences between Narcissists/ Sociopaths/ Psychopaths..
I ended a 2 year relationship that was emotionally insane to say the least.
I was able after about 18 months to get us into couples counseling. 3 weeks in the counselor asked me to leave the room, 15 minutes later she blasted out the door furious. On the ride home in her normal angry silence and one word cold responses she finally said" they think I'm crazy!" They had written her a referral to a psychiatrist whom I checked specialized in sever mental disorders.
Now almost every story I've read about relationships with someone with any of the afore mentioned clinical issues, she crisscrosses between them all. It'd be 10 out of 12 in this list and so on.
Her story is as all that I've read.. Molested/raped by her brother and father growing up, mother bringing men in at night and fooling around with them while dads at work, couple of these guys molested/raped her. Horrible divorce with parents took years, parents still fight 20 years later. Every relationship she has ever been in ending with her being abused/raped.
no relationship ever lasting more then a couple months. Then back and forth between former boyfriends and so on. Our relationship to my knowledge was the longest one she has ever had. She exhibits the charm, sweep you off your feet, then the manipulation, the destruction pattern. Then starts again and again. Broke up over everything, then back about 20 times.
Plays victim to everything and/or everything was my fault. Best/hardest thing I've ever had to do was ask her to leave. Which each day is getting better because I'm in counseling for PTSD!?!? Was I really in a war zone? And for whomever may wonder, there was never any verbal or physical violence of any kind my part, but she was extremely abusive verbally but never raised her voice and only hit me a couple times.
I can't find any answers to these questions. The differences at least..
1. She has had the same job for 9 years. men's hair stylist...
2. She rarely wanted sex. And when we did she would indirectly imply that I hurt her in some way...
3.Always had a significant female medical issue of some kind. I paid thousands in Dr. bills and they never found anything, ever.
4. Kind and wonderful to everyone. But I could literally see her face and demeanor change pulling into the drive way. It was gut wrenching.
5. Always in bed. Bored, then get excited lets do something then cringe in pain, back to bed.
6. Never gambled, broke the law in any way. Maybe because her step dad is a detective with the local PD. He persecuted former boyfriends, tried to with me but my attorney stopped him before the legal part was out of control.
I get it that a narcissistic family enables her. Does that in turn make her more ? What do I attempt to call it? Bat shite crazy?
she has been gone now for 2 months and I found out this morning that she was severely beaten by her boyfriend and in the hospital. Actually, it's the 2nd boyfriend since she left.
I'm staying no contact, there is nothing left here for her to destroy. I can't and won't do it again.

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January 17, 2014, 1:37pm

To Everyone
I was 15 when I noticed I was different, I felt empty but I never felt stronger. I had a lack of fear and would do anything to feel my heart race. I have even met a psychopath, i was in year 10 and from the moment i saw him i knew he was different like he was wearing a mask for everyone.
I've been in love which is big for someone like me. My heart raced every time I saw her and I left her because I'm a sociopath.
By the time I was 19 I had no emotional reaction to anything or connection to anyone around me. I went traveling just to do something, I'll tell you all something the worst thing for a sociopath is to be bored, left alone with the thoughts running though your mind.
Now I'm 22 and starting university to become a psychiatrist. And maybe one day Ill find someone I can be honest with.
From Frank

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January 14, 2014, 12:51am

* waves hi*

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December 29, 2013, 7:30am

" snakes in suits " :-)

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December 27, 2013, 6:34pm

It seems i am a psychopath, its no walk in the park because i don't forgive and i most certainly don't forget and i plot revenge plans every damn day of my life with no guilt and the things that goes through my mind pleases me so that i patiently wait for the day to make my fantasy a reality, i am a strong believer in an eye-for-an-eye and a tooth-for-a-tooth. Don't believe much in karma, i believe you make karma happen yourself. I also believe that what u do to me, I have to do much worse and i will sadly befriend an enemy just to discover their weakest point and beat the shit out of that spot. I don't believe that murder is payback, but i do believe that torture is. I watched all SAW movies without blinking when it came to the parts which is referred to as gruesome. How sick does this make me?

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December 22, 2013, 8:27am

Not all successful buisness men/women are psychopaths but of course a lot of them are ruthless, which is helped by the lack of guilt and remorse; classic signs of a psychopath.

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November 9, 2013, 2:36am

still not sure if I am a sociopath or a psychopath.

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October 29, 2013, 5:28am

everyone seems to be forgetting there is a 3rd out there

the psychotics who would destroy both psychopath and sociopath alike

they are like a demon with rabies

so all you psychopaths and sociopaths out there go do your thing and be a fool

you might step on a psychotic and get literally eaten because some are cannibals

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October 14, 2013, 9:24am

RE: A facebook commentor questioning comments of people thinking of labeling their ex or soon-to-be ex as a sociopath or psychopath-- I can totally see where you're coming from (people being bitter and wanting to insult their ex/ feel better about the relationship ending), however, with that said-- the issue is, if you're in a relationship with one of these type of people (particularly sociopath)-- you don't realize reality for what it is-- until the relationship ends, and things become clear to you. If you're swept up in this manipulative facade that /seems/ normal-- you don't realize until the image breaks. I know for me, I would just have this bad feeling-- ex: I felt like I was going crazy, like he'd tell me told me something, yet I was sure he didn't-- but I wasn't sure what it was-- until I got away.

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September 9, 2013, 10:35pm

you only mimick other people, ask yourself why do u get satisfaction by stealing?
this is not a normal behaviour for a normal person, only mimicking other persons or manuplating emotions by fluent lying doesnt mean it is a normal person with real emotions.

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August 16, 2013, 12:08am

It's not logical to automatically assume all sociopaths are inherently bad people.
Just because their brains are a bit different or they had a rough childhood doesn't necessarily mean that they're threats to the rest of humanity, it just means that they can't process emotions or interact with society as naturally as 'normal' people can. Don't judge based on stereotypes. If you haven't personally met a large number of sociopaths who displayed violent, manipulative tendencies, you have no right to categorize them all as ruthless killing machines.

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July 31, 2013, 11:08am

Maybe more countries can learn something from that country of Australia

to not allow children to be hit by their parents

And to take legal action against bullies

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July 31, 2013, 10:45am

Of Course there are those prick versons of psychopaths and sociopaths

but the main idea it seems of the general population is to focus on the negatives at the moment

so then the ones who decided not to take such am evil path got left behind and ignored

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July 21, 2013, 9:41am

quiet, so quiet, always present. the one's you find you find. the one's you don't, you don't. consequences consequences

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July 15, 2013, 1:07pm

ive been cold for years, ive used every person ive met ive lied in every situation and i steal from all your personalities but only the glamour of it i have no need for drama in case my camo requires it. I keep track of every person who talks bad or dis-respects me ive taken action before and felt zero guilt but found a sense of pride. The world needs to understand that the normal emotions that run through your head make you a all lambs and it makes you weak it makes you a victim , there are wolves in the world but we are not them we are something much more superior and much more deadly.

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July 15, 2013, 12:13am

I believe that I have Sociopath tendencies. I also believe that I have Asperger Syndrome. It is not that I feel no emotions, and I think it is incorrect to say that sociopath are devoid of emotions. They experience anger for example. I experience love, but can be literally crushed when I lose the object of my affection. In general I hate people, don't like or want friends, and I arbor great anger in me. I am vengeful and have no empathy for those who wronged me or abuse children. Until now my survival instincts mostly kept me out of trouble, but more and more I find myself wanting to hurt others emotionally and physically. I tried to be a good guy all my life and recently glimpsed at the demon inside me. And it gave me great joy...

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May 22, 2013, 5:39pm

Greer Harper there are no such tests. Name one blood panel or any other test that measures the concentration of neurotransmitters in blood. This is a lie that pharmaceutical companies and certain psychiatrists working for them have been perpetuating through the MSM for decades.

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May 14, 2013, 6:09pm

Thor: Sorry for taking you off of Venus and making you a king

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May 14, 2013, 5:57pm

So refreshing to see civility in an anonymous string of comments.
To the anonymous Valiant Thor Venutian Omen "&all that": It is entirely possible to be passionate in moral code and conduct while feeling nothing for others, and -paths can even pull it off with a sense of humor. People who are not good or bad are, well, EVERYONE.
Grey people are the rocks and paper of the world.
The weaknesses of -paths are that they are hard-wired to believe they are sharper in intelligence than all of the dumb rocks and sheets of paper. You are outed by what you lack and by what you produce. -Paths who hurt and destroy can only live as parasites; they cannot live or function without hosts (like viruses and cancers). Even with allies like Hitler and Dr. Gosnell the -paths of the world haven't stopped the population of rocks and paper from growing.
What feeling humans lack in ferociousness we make up for in numbers. I applaud grey-matter and advances in science to prevent, treat and erradicate human maladies.

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May 9, 2013, 1:18pm

SHERLOCK :D <3 !!!

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March 12, 2013, 1:39am

Sociopaths and psycopaths as well as people with narcissistic behavior were born with very heavy karma from previous lives,their souls are blocked from experiencing emotions,especially love-the cure it all!They have to learn their lessons the hard way in this lifetime.

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March 6, 2013, 6:59am

What's wrong with sociopaths, I'm pretty sure I am one but I'm non violent. I don't understand what's so bad about them. It's not like I'm hurting anybody everyone's okay? I don't understand if treatment would be necessary? It's not like anyone Is going to get stabbed, the characteristics I have in common with a sociopath are amazing. With charm, fearlessness and charisma it seems like the corporate ladder would be to easy to climb up. So do I need to treat something or what!

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March 3, 2013, 11:49pm

Cookie, I have Been around with 2 social-path, both women had the same personality traits. Never took responsibility for nothing that happened in thier life. Both individuals would call you on the phone, then say hi.... Then take off talking for 2 or 3 hours, never taking a breath. I would lay the phone down come back 2 hrs later they were still talking about themselves. Or did them wrong! Neither one could keep a relationship, and even their own children pulled away from them.
Personally it was best to Just end relationship with both, I was not qualified to help. But I had to make sure they felt it was their decision.
This way I was in the clear...

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March 1, 2013, 9:19pm

This list is completely worn and fliped psychopaths can be both born or later maded. And social pathes tend to have low social skills with low iqs yet smart in other areas but not in prolong extend

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February 26, 2013, 8:13pm

I have NO DOUBT that my son is a psychopath and have lived in fear of what he will do next for about the last eight years he is now 22 and has threatened the lives of me and my other children where do I turn. I am his mother and I know he is not ok but I have had him in counseling he lies his way threw everything and then blames the world for not fixing him.I am Scared of my child and don't know how or where to get help!!!!!!!

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February 23, 2013, 1:14pm

Psychopaths, those born evil, can actually be extraordinarily successful - CEOs, Supreme Court judges, Presidents, Central Bankers, Media Barons, and leading academics whose ideas infect the thinking of whole generations. The key to understanding how you can have dumbass psychopaths who wind up in prison early on and intelligent ones who end up writing laws and running whole countries into the ground is that there are TWO bell curves. On one bell curve you have normal people. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle of this bell curve; of ave. intelligence and ability to empathise with others. Some humans are exceptional, while others are pretty dimwitted, but essentially kind-hearted. Then you have the psychopathic bell curve, which is totally separate. They all have no conscience. Most of them are middle-of-the-road psychos who leave a trail of destruction but generally keep getting away with it because of normies' complete ignorance of psychopathy. Some of them get caught and diagnosed early on because they have such poor impulse control and are so glaringly obviously not human. The most successful psychopaths, however, are a whole different kettle of fish. Placed at the far right end of this second bell curve, these super-dangerous types rise to the top and dominate society to the extent of trying to reshape it in their image. They have exceptional discipline. They too will kill, torture, rape, steal from and abuse people as they backstab their way to the top, but they generally keep such urges in check thanks to very well-constructed 'masks of sanity', from which they take regular much-needed 'vacations into filth', as Harvey Cleckley described it. That's why mega-rich far-right wing fundamentalist religious preachers in the U.S. get down and dirty with transvestite strippers over some crystal meth on the weekends: the rest of the week they are practically holding their breath playing the role of 'saintly people' to their families, underlings and church flock. These so-called 'successful psychopaths' present themselves as more normal than normal itself. It's very difficult to catch them out, but it can be done. Once they do reach the top, it's actually dead easy to spot them because they're so busy getting payback on the society of normal man - sending people to wars they create by profiting from arms sales to both sides; signing off on laws that make life as stressful as possible for their enemy (the normal population below them); drafting policy papers that dream up new ways of hurting people by torturing them - both fiscally through more and more taxes and, post-9/11, literally; pillaging the real wealth from economies through their zombie banks, and so on. Sadly, by the time they reach the top and become seen for what they are, the damage is already done and society has nowhere to go but down. By now they have eaten their way through the whole fabric of society like a parasitic cancer. Historically, normal people have dealt with it by overthrowing their corrupt leaders, but failure to understand why the disease keeps returning means that psychopaths will again rise to the top in future... unless we can somehow get this knowledge into the system.

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January 13, 2013, 7:37am

saying youre a sociopath bunch of idiots a sociopath would never admit to it. Just attention grabbers, sociopath dont care for any one if theyre of no use.

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