Different or the Same?
Many people, upon being asked to tell the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath, claim that the two are the same. Most of us have this wrong misconception. These two states of mind and personality are hardly the same. There are many differences between a sociopath and a psychopath and one can easily know them by reading the following lines.
Psychopath vs Sociopath
As we start talking about the differences between the two, we must not fail to mention the very basic distinction. Namely, sociopaths have a personality disorder which is manifested in the antisocial behavior. At the same time, a sociopath has an antisocial personality disorder, making him/her aggressive, prone to problematic behavior, lacking love, empathy or conscience.
Therefore, psychopaths are what we call evil people, who lack moral totally and have no sense for ethics. Rather, they are scattered around the world searching for something to feed their self-centered desires without having emotions. They are impulsive, often aggressive and cannot manage blending into the rest of the society.
On the other hand, sociopaths know how to disguise themselves and can be parents, co-workers, lovers and many other people, actually having corrupted and selfish goals and lying throughout their lives. While sociopaths are prone to scheming and treacherous behavior, many psychopaths are all either serial killers or something similar.
How To Recognize a Sociopath?
Sociopaths act charming most of the time. They will do their best to trick other people into liking them so that they can accomplish their own greedy goals. They may even pass lie detectors since they are quite experienced, pathological liars. Being such, they do not love nor feel anything towards the people close to them. Yet, they need the excitement in their life and they usually get that from acting and hiding their true purpose. Finally, they are prone to juvenile delinquency, changing partners and surroundings often and manipulating people regardless of who they are and if they are related to the sociopath him/herself.
How To Recognize a Psychopath?
Even though psychopaths can have many sexual partners as well and tend to act out their charming veneer, their behavior is quite transparent and many people can decipher the true goals of these people. They lie all the time and need other people who they can use. They are aggressive, impulsive and do not have a realistic view of life, considering themselves kings of the world or aliens destined to have all they want. They are prone to suicidal attempts and a life of crime.
Thus, psychopaths are extreme sociopaths, being less capable of controlling themselves and being far more transparent.