A reader sent me the following question:
In your opinion, what is the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath? Do you believe there is one?
I responded with the following:
This is a question with a million different answers it seems. In the earlier part of the 20th century when psychologists believed that environment played the biggest role in the personalities of others, the term ‘sociopath’ was born. As genetic-based personality studies took root, academia quickly abandoned the term in favor of the original term used (coined in the late 1800s) – ‘psychopath.’