Learning more about the characteristics of psychopaths versus sociopaths was seriously fascinating research for this week's instalment of the RTE Today show.
Both falling under the umbrella of Antisocial Personality Disorder, I described sociopathy as a 'teenage' form of psychopathy in that sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated often living on the fringes of society. A psychopath is much more cold and calculating, often very charismatic and occupying high powered jobs.
The origins of each are food for thought in terms of reduced connections between the prefrontal cortex (empathy and guilt) and the amygdala (fear and anxiety). We also talked about the horrific crimes committed by Adolf Hitler and Ted Bundy.