14 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Psychopaths and Sociopaths

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You’ve likely thrown around the words “psychopath” and “sociopath” once or twice — maybe to describe your crazy ex or that college roommate who stole your belongings on move-out day. Whether or not the less-than-desirable people in your life really fit the bill is up for debate, but Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer are certainly two memorable cases. Not everyone with this personality disorder is a mass murderer, though. The Atlantic notes neuroscientist and family man James Fallon underwent a brain scan and was shocked to find his brain mirrors that of a psychopath’s. And as far as we know, he’s doing just fine.

These mental disorders can be seriously blown out of proportion by the media, so it’s important to get the facts straight. First, knowing the distinction between psychopathy and sociopathy is a must.

Psychopath or sociopath?

Psychopathy and sociopathy are closely related, but WebMD says there…

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