There is no consensus view of what constitutes sociopathy. Until recently, in fact, psychologists tended to conflate sociopathy and psychopathy, since the personality traits for both conditions have significant overlap.
There is still healthy debate on the extent to which antisocial behavior—rather than personality traits per se—should be considered in formulating a definition of sociopathy.
In today's lesson, Kas Thomas explores how sociopaths are often wrongly villainized. After all, not all sociopaths are criminals, and many characteristics of the sociopathic personality—charm, ambition and impatience, an ability to attack problems with cold-hearted logic (not letting emotions get in the way)—are useful to society. We see these qualities in most successful lawyers, doctors, actors, politicians, statesmen, military leaders, and corporate executives.