Every sociopath is not a serial killer. There’s more to them than Ted Bundys and Dexter Morgans of this world.
Every sociopath is not a serial killer. There’s more to them than Ted Bundys and Dexter Morgans of this world.(Photo: iStockphoto)
  • 1. Who is a Sociopath/Psychopath?
  • 2. Doctors Explain Things to Watch Out For
  • 3. How Does the Brain of a Sociopath Differ From an Average...
  • 4. Occurrence of Sociopathy
  • 5. Sociopath, Psychopath and Antisocial Personality
  • 6. There’s a Myth that Sociopathy is a Disability
  • 7. What is the Role of Nature-Nurture Here?
  • 8. What Are Some Signs to Watch Out For?
Doctors Take You Into the Mind of a Sociopath

No, every unsocial person is not a sociopath. There’s a demarcation between being unsocial and antisocial and it very well exists. Also,  every sociopath is not a serial killer. There’s more to them than Raman Raghavs, Ted Bundys and Dexter Morgans of this world.

  • 1. Who is a Sociopath/Psychopath?

    Every sociopath is not a serial killer. There’s more to them than Ted Bundys and Dexter Morgans of this world.
    Every sociopath is not a serial killer. There’s more to them than Ted Bundys and Dexter Morgans of this world.
    (Photo: iStockphoto)

    At a glance, a characteristic every sociopath exhibits is lack of empathy. This is further accompanied by a disregard for others’ feelings, emotional problems, inability to sustain relationships and behaving in ways that are not culturally ‘normal’ or accepted. Everyone has been unkind, non-conforming and indifferent at some point of their life for various reasons. This does not make you a sociopath.

    If these patterns become recurrent to the extent of causing pain and hurt to those around you, as well as an inability to maintain relationships, that’s when it’s a concern.

    Sociopathy is primarily a personality disorder and there are no definite, conclusive tests for it. It can be deducted by a health professional by using behavioural patterns as an index.

    At the same time, it should be remembered that it’s unfair to simply write off someone showing these traits as “evil” or bad. It’s not the presence of ill feelings, but just the absence of any - kindness, empathy, ability to connect.

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