“I’m not a psychopath, Anderson, I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research!” – Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock
What does it mean to be a psychopath?
Being just as ignorant on the distinction between psychopath and sociopath, let alone the definitions of these conditions as Anderson (a forensic technician and nemesis of Sherlock Holmes), I too had a need for doing research. My vague ideas of what psychopathy entails came mainly from a psychology-buff friend in college who repeatedly applied the term to an ex of our mutual friend. The term “sociopath” was less familiar to me. When” sociopathy” came up in a faculty panel in our ethics class (proposed as a condition which makes people highly suitable for academia), I decided it was time to find out more.