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
Are you a psychopath?
Take the Psychopathy Quiz
Chato Stewart’s Psychopathy Quiz
You scored a total of 3
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.
- Freakishly scary
- OMG, I Just Pooped my shorts scary
- 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.
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
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.
Can you see Psychopath or Sociopath coming?
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)
Webb PhD, J. (2015). The Six Hallmarks of a Sociopath. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 11, 2016, from
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/