sociopathic personality


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Noun1.sociopathic personality - a personality disorder characterized by amorality and lack of affectsociopathic personality - a personality disorder characterized by amorality and lack of affect; capable of violent acts without guilt feelings (`psychopathic personality' was once widely used but was superseded by `sociopathic personality' to indicate the social aspects of the disorder, but now `antisocial personality disorder' is the preferred term)
personality disorder - inflexible and maladaptive patterns of behavior
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I expect too, that psychopathic and sociopathic personality traits are learned and developed as politicians dig and claw their way to success.
And Depp more than rises to the occasion, doing career-best work as a man who might easily have been played for ghoulish caricature, but instead emerges as a complex, undeniably charismatic figure who draws other criminals and lawmen alike into his cult of sociopathic personality.
(As Manohla Dargis of the New York Times pointed out in an interview with Haynes in May at the Cannes Film Festival, where Carol had its world premiere, Highsmith's novel was published the same year the American Psychiatric Association labeled homosexuality a "sociopathic personality disturbance.") In refusing to demonize its same-sex couple, Highsmith's novel was a progressive work in a benighted era.
In the DSM-I, in 1953, homosexuality was listed as a "sociopathic personality disturbance." In 1968, the DSM-II dropped the sociopathic designation but still listed homosexuality as a "sexual deviation."
It's impossible to diagnose sociopathic personality disorder on sight, but people with this condition may have uncontrolled anger or show a repeated disregard for right and wrong and the safety of others.