One thing for sure; they are a “path” you don’t want to take. 😉 (play on words, get it?)
Anyway, after that feeble attempt at humor I thought I would clear up the definition of narcissist, psychopath, sociopath and antisocial.
I will try to clear up the confusion in layman terms.
Depending on what article you read some people call these disordered individuals a narcissist, or psychopath, some swear they are sociopaths, so how do you know what your ex was? Here is a bit of history.
In the early 1800 doctors working with mental patients discovered there were people who had no moral compass, no guilt, outwardly they looked normal and acted normal except they were “morally insane”.
In the early 1900’s the term Psychopath was assigned to these people.
Then around the 1930’s they changed the term used to Sociopath to reflect the destruction they caused in society.
Since then some researchers started using Psychopath to describe the more dangerous genetically disordered patients and Sociopath to describe the patients thought to be products of their environment.
Both Sociopaths and Psychopaths were narcissistic but some studies claimed narcissists were not as dangerous and were not necessarily psychopaths, but all psychopaths were narcissistic.
Recently the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has come up with a new category that they named “Antisocial Personality Disorder” and the World Health Organization came up with a different heading and used “Dissocial Personality Disorder” under which they have put all these disorders.
I don’t know why they keep changing what they call it but they are all the same disorder. So depending what article you read, when it was written and what terms that person chose to use.
What we do know for certain is that whether you call them a Psychopath, a Sociopath, Narcissist or a Antisocial they are dangerous, they can not be cured and if you are involved with one, RUN! do not look back and do not have contact with them again.