Psychopath vs Sociopath

Psychopaths and sociopaths are falls in the antisocial personality disorder. What makes the difference is the origin- from birth, a head injury, illness, or from childhood.

A psychopath is someone born with ASPD or has damaged the parts of the brain such as ventromedial prefrontal cortex or amygdala from an injury or an illness.

Ventrimedial cortex control anger, decision making and to control emotions in certain social situations.

Amygdala controls fear, aggression, and help to store memories and emotions.

Anterior insular cortex controls empathy.

Damage to these brain parts leads to ASPD.

A sociopath is someone raised in a home or environment where he was physically/emotionally abused.

The emotional stress created by the abuse causes brain abnormalities which may damage parts such as above.

The general age is 2-7 years old but is never 100% accurate because of everyone processes emotions differently.

Abnormal hormones damage central nervous system causing brain damage for ASPD.

Many people say refer to themselves as a psychopath just because they feel angry or have difficulty connecting with people.

A psychopath/sociopath cannot feel fear, empathy, guilt, regret or sorrow. They find difficulty controlling themselves.
Also, they don’t think about the consequences of their actions.

Criteria to spot a someone who has Antisocial Personality Disorder

1- Tendency to violate social and legal rules
2- Lying, deceitfulness or using others for personal interests.
3-Impulsivity or failure to plan.
4-Being aggressive, repeated physical fights.
5-Not caring about the safety of self or others
6-Lack of remorse. Being indifferent when having mistreated or stolen from someone.

These signs occur since the individual was 15 years old.

7-It is at least 18 years old

8-There is evidence that the individual has shown aggression toward peoples or animals, destruction of property or theft.

The individual that fulfill these criteria may have psychopathy, sociopathy or dissocial personality disorder.

Read: 10 Warning signs of a psychopath


The source from the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders revision 5.