Psychopath and Sociopath

Psychopath

Psychopathy ( from the Ancient Greek ψυχή "psyche", -soul, mind and πάθος, "pathos" -suffering, disease, condition) is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, nonplanfulness, impulsivity, and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality.

psychopath n : someone with a sociopathic personality; a person with an antisocial personality disorder (`psychopath' was once widely used but has now been superseded by `sociopath') [syn: {sociopath}]

55 Moby Thesaurus words for "psychopath": alcoholic, alternating personality, antisocial personality, catatoniac, certifiable case, disordered personality, disturbed personality, double personality, drug user, dual personality, emotionally unstable personality, escapist, hostile personality, hypochondriac, hypochondriast, idiot, imaginary invalid, immature personality, inadequate personality, inferior personality, malade imaginaire, maladjusted personality, manic-depressive, mental, mental case, mentally defective personality, moral insanity, multiple personality, neuropath, neurotic, neurotic personality, paranoiac, paranoid, paranoid personality, perverse personality, psycho, psychoneurotic, psychopathic case, psychopathic personality, psychotic, psychotic personality, schiz, schizo, schizoid, schizoid personality, schizophrenic, schizy, seclusive personality, sexual psychopath, shut-in personality, sociopath, split personality, valetudinarian, valetudinary, weak personality

Sociopath

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is described by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition (DSM-IV-TR), as an Axis II personality disorder characterized by "...a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood."

sociopath n : someone with a sociopathic personality; a person with an antisocial personality disorder (`psychopath' was once widely used but has now been superseded by `sociopath') [syn: {psychopath}]

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  • psychopath: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • psychopath: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • sociopath: WordNet (r) 2.0

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