Mental Health

He's Lying Next To You...The Difference Between Psychopaths, Sociopaths, and Narcissists

Sociopaths are typically products of their environment

Although the terms "psychopath and sociopath" tend to be used interchangeably in popular culture, there are significant distinctions between psychopaths and sociopaths. Most sociopaths are not born that way. In most cases, sociopaths are products of their environments.

Most victims of childhood trauma do not grow up to be sociopaths. However, most sociopaths endured traumatic experiences early in life.

Our personalities are determined by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Sociopaths have a personality disorder known as antisocial personality disorder. In some cases, parental neglect or abandonment can make it difficult for an individual to form emotional connections and attachments later in life. Children who are exposed to violence at an early age might learn to perceive violent behavior as normal and acceptable.

Risk factors for sociopathy can include:

  • A family history of antisocial personality disorder
  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Growing up in an unstable, chaotic environment
  • Being exposed to violent or criminal behavior early in life