The terms Psychopath and Sociopath are sometimes used interchangeably. There are some differences in origin but many similarities in behavioral display. Psychopaths are not thought to be curable but a few Sociopaths are.

Psychopaths stem more from nature or genetic defects and Sociopaths from nurture shortcomings. Both are identified as Antisocial Personality Disorders. Some become notorious for violence – Bundy, Dahmer, Gacy, Simmons, Gein, Wuornos, Lizzie Borden – but most don’t get that far out.

Both are deceitful and work at catching the unsuspecting off guard. They usually think they’re the smartest one in the room but others in the room realize they’re not even close to that. They’re just glib yet shallow. Neither seems to have empathy nor a conscience and both almost always blame others for their self-caused problems. Both have a sense of entitlement, are motivated by revenge and appear incapable of formulating viable long-term plans or relationships. Neither have real remorse for their deeds but feign remorse only because they got caught or are about to be. As well, they routinely lash out inappropriately seemingly with no apparent circumspection. Once familiar with one of them, a person customarily becomes wary, maybe even scared of what they’ll do next and rightly so.

Do these dangerous flaws remind you of someone? How about that pestilence in the White House? We simply have to rid ourselves of this dangerous plague before the USA is damaged beyond repair. Silence and timidity will not save our beleaguered country.