Sociopathy is considered a form of psychopathy
- Psychopathic personality: a person characterized by emotional instability, lack of social judgment, perverse and impulsive (often criminal) behavior, inability to learn from experience; amoral and asocial feelings; and other personality defects.
- Sociopath: a psychopathic personality whose behavior is aggressively anti-social.
"Sociopaths" display anti-social behavior with disregard towards there consequences defining Anti-social personality disorder
"Psychopaths." They can also be Narcissists since Narcissism seems to be merely a "facet" of the psychopath or a "milder" manifestation. You could say that the Narcissist is a "garden variety psychopath", It is only when a person takes a long and careful look at the full-blown psychopath - a sort of exaggerated Narcissist - that they are able to see the caricature of the traits that then make it easier for them to identify the "garden variety" psychopath - and/or the Narcissist.
In short, the psychopath - and the narcissist to a lesser extent - is a predator.
Differences Between Psychopathic & Sociopathic Personality Disorders
Sociopaths have otherwise normal temperaments (as opposed to psychopaths who have abnormal temperaments).
Sociopaths actually cover a much broader spectrum of individuals than most of us would ever imagine. The sociopath is that truly self-absorbed individual with no conscience or feeling for others and for whom social rules have no meaning. All sociopaths share three common characteristics. They are all very egocentric individuals with no empathy for others, and they are incapable of feeling remorse or guilt.
While the psychopath has likes and dislikes and fondness for the pleasures that human company can bring, analysis shows that he is completely egocentric, valuing others only for their enhancement of his own pleasure or status. While he gives no real love, he is quite capable of inspiring love of sometimes fanatical degree in others.
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