Psychopath doesn’t mean the same as psychotic.
Definition of psychopath:
The definition of psychopathy can be challenging as depending on the researcher, psychopathy is defined slightly differently and often many psychopathic traits are taken into account. That said, a simple definition of psychopathy is provided by the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Psychopathy is:
- “A constellation of traits that comprises affective features, interpersonal features, as well as impulsive and antisocial behaviors. The affective features include lack of guilt, empathy, and deep emotional attachments to others; the interpersonal features include narcissism and superficial charm; and the impulsive and antisocial behaviors include dishonesty, manipulativeness, and reckless risk-taking. Although psychopathy is a risk factor for physical aggression, it is by no means synonymous with it. In contrast to individuals with psychotic disorders, most psychopaths are in touch with reality and seemingly rational. Psychopathic individuals are found at elevated rates in prisons and jails, but can be found in community settings as well.”*
Definition of psychotic:
[Psychosis] is a condition that affects the way [your brain] processes information. It causes you to lose touch with reality. You might see, hear, or believe things that aren’t real. Psychosis is a symptom, not an illness. A mental or physical illness, substance abuse, or extreme [stress] or trauma can cause it."
The two words are confusing because each comes from the Greek word, “psyche” which literally means mind. Medicine uses many Greek and Latin terms.
We’d be better off with a psychotic president than a psychopath president. Trump appears like a madman but he’s not psychotic- he’s worse than that. It would be easier if the most we had to worry about was Trump hallucinating during his speeches. That would just be like Trump on acid instead of Trump the monster. Maybe someone should give Trump acid for entertainment. I don’t think anyone would notice his speeches change that much if he dropped acid.