It Is All the Same?
Many people claim that a sociopath,a psychopath and a person with antisocial personality disorder are thesame people. Actually, they believe that all these people aresuffering from a mutual problem. However, many scholars who are more into psychology and behavioral pathology claim that this is nottrue. Rather, there are distinctive features which clearly dividepeople with these disorders making their problems clearly visiblethrough various unique symptoms which may easily be observed.
Speaking of psychopaths, they are knownto be aggressive, ruthless, completely lacking a sense of empathy,being obsessed by controlling people and things, pathological liarsand sadists. There are also many other characteristics which can help peoplenotice the difference between these disorders. Read on in order tolearn how.
Psychopathy Versus Antisocial Disorder
Apart from people with antisocialbehavioral disorder, who have troubles fitting into the society dueto shyness, confidence issues and other such factors, psychopathsmove all this onto a different scale. Namely, they are something wecall evil, prone to criminal and mischievous acts for personal gain,caring little for law, social norms or other people. Therefore,empathy makes the difference and is thereby a distinctive trait.Psychopaths, much like narcissists, are manipulators, who use otherpeople for their personal gain, no strings attached, pushing them awayonce they get what they wanted.
Rights and obligations of others do notinterest psychopaths. They have no sense of moral or justice codex ofany sort. Urges, satisfactions and desires is what they need tofulfill, regardless of the tool they need to use.
Also, they feel no remorse after they harm others. They have rational explanations for their actions,suitable enough to make them accept what they did as righteous andjustified. These people believe that this world is filled withcompletely good, vulnerable people who are to be used and exploitedand completely bad people who are to be avoided since they cannotcope with other individuals who are much like themselves.
As it was mentioned above, psychopathsare usually criminals who often change their place of living andfunctioning so that they may use their mischievous plans onsomeone else. They lie, cheat, back-stab and are incapable of formingfunctional long-term relationships.
Therefore, the only mutual thingbetween the two disorders is the social restraint. Antisocial peoplehave troubles forming relationships and socializing with otherpeople. However, they are completely normal regarding theirunderstanding of the social norms, empathy and other factors which donot exist in the world of a psychopath.