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Saw this thread and it piqued my interests. There's a few misunderstandings here. While we tend to idolize 'psychopaths' and 'sociopaths' (as evidenced by our preferred choice in entertainment ) in the real world, more often than not, instead of having the type of mastermind, no remorse, American Psycho mindset, 'psychopaths' are simply extremely disturbed individuals who have a hard time differentiating reality from their inner delusions and feelings, which leads to actions that would be interpreted as 'remorseless'. More often than not, when walking through the psych floor of a hospital, you'll find not 'psychopaths' but psychotics. These are not masterminds with the empathy of Tommy Vercetti. These are people who believe the government or their dead grandmother is beaming math problems and secret codes into their heads. The problem with these terms is that psychopathy and sociopathy encompasses a large range of mental health disorders. Instead of fearing these folks, we need to help them. I don't claim to be a professional or anything, but unfortunately I have spent a major part of the past year in and out of therapy and the hospital. I suffered a Brief Psychotic Episode about a year ago. The most terrifying experience of my life, hands down. Don't really get to talk about this much in my every day life, and you folks are a great group of people. Thanks. Hope some of you found this interesting.
TL;DR, Psychopaths are much less common than psychotics, and both sociopathy and psychopathy are vague terms that sum up a variety of disorders.