Autism Vs. Sociopath: Can Autism Create A Sociopath?

The blunt and direct truth is no, although there are some situations recently that have created a re-examination of the “nature vs. nurture” question. Both sociopaths and people with autism are exceptionally bright in a lot of ways, but the sociopath is defined as one who knows the rules of society and clearly believes he is completely above them and the rules don’t apply to anything he does. A person with autism is taught the rules, but has a tendency to momentarily forget them because he doesn’t have the ability to interact with people, look for both verbal and nonverbal social cues, and refrain from acting out because he doesn’t or isn’t capable of appropriately expressing himself.

A sociopath is also one who manipulates and abuses others for his own gain. This is definitely something that has not been established with anyone with autism. The person with autism might be able to manipulate others, if they are high functioning, but only if others are willing to allow themselves, on a subconscious level, to be duped. This usually happens when people are told that somebody has autism, and people are not completely aware of what autism means, believing that the person with autism is somehow stupid, mentally challenged, or incapable of doing things for themselves.

There is also a level of control with a sociopath that doesn’t exist in anyone with autism. To be able to control someone else means that the person has to be able to understand social mores, which a person on the spectrum, by psychological definition, does not. Since there is no specific environmental factors which create a sociopath, psychologists and psychiatrists believe that it can be any number of factors, from childhood abuse to a chemical imbalance in the brain, that creates a sociopath. We know that autism is a neurological and developmental condition, and therefore it’s highly unlikely that autism AND sociopathic diagnosis can be found in the same person.

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