Unlike narcissists and even sociopaths, psychopaths are usually cold hearted and calculated
Narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths are all menacing, and their destructive behavior destroys countless lives. However, one particularly creepy aspect of psychopaths that sets them apart from narcissists and sociopaths is their tendency to be cold hearted and calculated.
Sociopaths are hot headed and tend to lash out in an erratic, reckless manner. Psychopaths, on the other hand, tend to carefully plan out their actions in advance. Their crimes are often premeditated and highly organized.
Portrayals of serial killers in popular culture tend to focus on psychopaths. Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs is a classic example. Real-life psychopaths are even more disturbing than their fictional counterparts. The reality of psychopathy is far more terrifying than anything you see in movies or television shows.