Why Are Sociopaths Called Antisocial?

These freaks love to party and hang.
They chat and charm and dance and joke.
Sociopaths are not wall flowers.

Why Are Sociopaths Called Antisocial?

Because – hold onto your hats… there’s more than one meaning of the word antisocial. Amazing. Who’d a thunk it. Here it goes, The Old English Oxford Dictionary – the most massive, most amazing dictionary on the planet – puts it like this:

Antisocial1. Opposed to sociality… averse to companionship. 2. Opposed to the principles on which society is constituted.

Number one is about not liking, or being uncomfortable in the company of others. – And things like not likin’ parties.

Number two is closer to the clinical term for a sociopath, Antisocial Psychopath, or a person of Antisocial Personality Disorder, as defined by the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition)

Sociopaths Aren’t Wall Flowers – Sociopaths Behave Against Social Norms

“The term antisocial may be confusing to the lay public, as the more common definition outside of clinical usage is an individual who is a loner or socially isolated. The literal meaning of the word antisocial can be more descriptive to both the lay public and professionals: to be anti-social, is to be against society; against rules, norms, laws and acceptable behavior. Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder tend to be charismatic, attractive, and very good at obtaining sympathy from others; for example, describing themselves as the victim of injustice. … Antisocials possess a superficial charm, they can be thoughtful and cunning, and have an intuitive ability to rapidly observe and analyze others, determine their needs and preferences, and present it in a manner to facilitate manipulation and exploitation. They are able to harm and use other people in this manner, without remorse, guilt, shame or regret.” ~ Theravive, by David Porter, MA, LADC



Modern Languages have Roots in Latin – Anti is Anti

Our words for medical diagnosis and terminology – a huge part of our everyday English language – and a lot of other languages as well, like French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian – come from ancient, toga wearing people who spoke Latin in old-school, ancient Rome. Lots of beginnings and endings and even middle sections of our words are Latin: anti, post, sub, pre, non. There’s tons.

Anti is a word straight out of Latin and Rome. If you put the word anti into Google Translate and select the translation from English into Latin, you know what you get? – Anti.


Anti in English is anti in Latin. In old-school Latin anti means: to be or to go against (something), to be outside (of something), or opposed (to something).

So – in all – antisocial psychopaths or persons of antisocial personality disorder, don’t mind parties at all – they kinda thrive on them as a prime hunting ground. Sociopaths, in the medical-language realm, founded in Latin means: to go against society. Sociopaths function outside normally expected or accepted behavior. Sociopaths behave against what the rest of us expect and accept as normal. They behave anti- (against) social- (society) – they go against the grain of what’s considered okay. – And boy-howdy… Don’t they…?

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