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PsychoPATH or SocioPATH

So Many Paths – Psychopath vs Sociopath

Pop culture of the 80’s and 90’s (Hollywood, TV, media) had a love-hate relationship with the romantic idea of Psychopaths -vs- Sociopaths portrayed in movies or media. How different and impacting these terms have in REAL LIFE.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both…

Could those roads be Paths? Maybe like Psychopath or Sociopath?

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
Robert Frost ~ The Road Not Taken

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This poem, could I be so bold, and go so far…as to make application as to say the diverged roads, paths yet are not too far apart.  Such as the subtle Differences Between a Psychopath vs. Sociopath.

Psychopath vs. Sociopath

Sociopaths, in general, tend to be more impulsive and erratic in their behavior than their psychopath counterparts. While also having difficulties in forming attachments to others, some sociopaths may be able to form an attachment to a like-minded group or person. Unlike psychopaths, most sociopaths don’t hold down long-term jobs or present much of a normal family life to the outside world.

As for me, both Psychopaths AND Sociopaths seem to have some similar traits.

  1. Scary
  2. Freakishly scary
  3. OMG, I Just Pooped my shorts scary
  4. and ARRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!! scary

That led me to take the PsychCental Psychopath Quiz. You can see my score to the right in the green box.  Go ahead take the quiz or send the cartoon and the quiz to a friend.

Chato Stewart

PsychoPATH or SocioPATH

Mental Health Humor  by Chato Stewart

School Counselor: Timmy, we must choose our path in life.  Do you know what Path you want to follow?

Timmy: I’m thinking between Psychopath or Sociopath.

PsychoPATH or SocioPATH

Timmy’s pencil: SNAP!

PsychoPATH or SocioPATH

Caption: ‘diverged in the wood’ two paths…PsychoPATH or SocioPATH

#1636 PsychoPATH or SocioPATH

Further information:

A psychopathic personality is one that, is typically uninhibited and unempathetic

Dr. Hare describes people he calls psychopaths as “intraspecies predators who use charm, manipulation, intimidation, sex and violence to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs. Lacking in conscience and empathy, they take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without guilt or remorse”. “What is missing, in other words, are the very qualities that allow a human being to live in social harmony.” Dr. Robert D. Hare

 

What are some Signs to look for a Sociopath?

  • Behaves in harsh and/or hurtful ways, and then expects you to have no reaction; to act like it never happened.
  • Manipulates others, either from the sidelines or directly.
  • Treats you very differently at different times or different days, for no apparent reason.
  • Lies easily when needed to get herself off the hook.
  • Externalizes blame. The sociopath does not take ownership or blame for his mistakes or misdeeds.
  • At times, appears to actually enjoy manipulating and/or hurting others. 

SAY:  The Six Hallmarks of a Sociopath

The Six Hallmarks of a Sociopath

Can you see Psychopath or Sociopath coming?

Proud Moms – Mothers’ Pride

Proud Moms – Mothers’ Pride

Bipolar Disorder or Depression with Psychotic Features

Is Psychopathic or Sociopathic traits a part of or symptom of bipolar disorder?  Bipolar and Depression with “Psychotic Features” apply to auditory or visual delusions or hallucinations.  I’ve experienced them at one point before being hospitalized.  For me, it was auditory (a voice) that was present during Bipolar episode. (See psychotic disorder)

Reference
Webb PhD, J. (2015). The Six Hallmarks of a Sociopath. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 11, 2016, from

https://blogs.psychcentral.com/childhood-neglect/2015/09/the-six-hallmarks-of-a-sociopath/

Grohol, J. (2016). Differences Between a Psychopath vs Sociopath. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 11, 2016, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/02/12/differences-between-a-psychopath-vs-sociopath/

Stewart, C. (2016). Proud Moms – Mothers’ Pride. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 11, 2016, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2016/07/proud-mom/

So Many Paths – Psychopath vs Sociopath

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]


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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2016). So Many Paths – Psychopath vs Sociopath. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2016/07/path-psychopath-sociopath/

 

Last updated: 12 Jul 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 Jul 2016
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