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What is the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath?

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electra Fri 16-Sep-11 16:59:46

Is there one?

electra Fri 16-Sep-11 19:14:50


AngryFeet Fri 16-Sep-11 19:19:47

That is so weird I was googling this 2 days ago! Mainly because I watched Face/Off and they were talking about sociopaths. Found this So I think pyschopaths are born that way - something in the brain gone wrong - but sociopaths happen due to things that have happened to them (abuse etc)

electra Fri 16-Sep-11 19:38:34

oh I see but the behavioural symptoms are the same?

Deesus Fri 16-Sep-11 19:41:21

I was reading the Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson (v interesting book btw) and apparently the terms are used pretty much interchangeably.

electra Fri 16-Sep-11 21:25:17

Thanks Deesus. I'm quite interested in this notion of personality disorders and why people have them.

Besom Fri 16-Sep-11 21:38:34

Deesus - yes it is my understanding that they are both interchangeable terms for what is more often called Anti-Social personality disorder these days. But there are a lot of different people who fall under this category so therefore a lot of different kinds of behaviour, especially when crossed with other personality traits/disorders/mental health problems/learning disabilities etc etc.

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