My Inquiry Question for this year will be:
How are psychopaths and sociopaths genetically similar/ different?
I’ve always been intrigued by the topic of psychopaths and sociopaths, even more so now that I’m taking psychology 12 at school. Psychopaths and sociopaths are commonly portrayed in movies and TV dramas as ruthless killers and the differences between psychopaths and sociopaths aren’t usually shown. Psychopaths tend to be more charming and manipulative, leading a somewhat normal life, while sociopaths tend to be more erratic, aggressive and the ability to lead a normal life is minimized. Most people think psychopaths and sociopaths are interchangeable but they have different meanings. To briefly explain, “sociopath” is a term that describes a personality disorder, where psychopathy describes a set of personality traits. I hope this can educate people on the differences between psychopathy and sociopathy on a deeper level by exploring the genetic basis of the disorders and how they relate to each other.