Are Autism and Psychopathy related?

Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.

people with ASD have:

  • Difficulty with communication and interaction with other people
  • Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors

Symptoms that hurt the person’s ability to function properly in school, work, and other areas of life

Psychopathy is defined as a mental (antisocial) disorder in which an individual manifests amoral and antisocial behavior

shows a lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships. Expresses extreme egocentricity. Demonstrates a failure to learn from experience and other behaviors associated.

Psychopathy is a condition characterized by the absence of  empathy and the blunting of other affective states.


Detachment and a lack of empathy enable psychopaths to be highly manipulative. *Nevertheless, psychopathy is among the most difficult disorders to spot.

Psychopaths can appear normal, even charming.

  • Boldness
  • High self-esteem
  • Lack of empathy
  • Inclination to violence and manipulation
  •  Impulsivity
  • Genetic and environmental
Risk factors
  • Family history
  • poverty
  • Being neglected by parents

-Some people think that autism and psychopathy is related and same.but autism is different from psychopathy.

– results indicate that psychopathic tendencies are not related to severity of ASD.

-In addition, such tendencies do not seem to be related to core autistic cognitive deficits, specifically in ‘mind-reading’ or executive function.

-Boys with co-occurring ASD and CU tendencies share some behaviours and aspects of cognitive profile with boys who have psychopathic tendencies alone.