What is the difference between antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy?

Psychopaths are people who demonstrate psychopathy. That’s not a diagnosis but a set of traits. The criteria for psychopathy include psychological symptoms and certain specific behaviors. The measures of antisocial personality disorder, on the other hand, focus mostly on behaviors you can see.

Here are some of the traits common to psychopaths:

  • Insincere charm
  • Easily bored
  • Compulsive lying
  • Manipulative
  • No remorse or guilt
  • Little emotional reaction
  • Cruel with no empathy
  • Take advantage of others
  • Behavior problems start in childhood
  • Don’t accept responsibility
  • Many sexual relationships


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