Antisocial Personality disorder

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Antisocial personality disorder is unknown to the public even though it’s a term used for criminals. The terms popularly used to describe these criminals are “sociopaths” or “psychopaths” which in fact is antisocial personality disorder. The most common trait in this disorder is that the people who have this disorder lie and have mastered the ability to manipulate. They do not seek professional help because they don’t believe anything wrong with them. This disorder is associated with criminals because this disorder is self-serving; people with antisocial personality disorder are only concerned with their wellbeing and will do anything for their own improvement. Criminals diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder have no moral compass which makes their behavior dangerous to others.

The symptoms for antisocial personality disorder as classified by the DMS IV include a lack of concern regarding society’s rules and expectations. They don’t follow the law or what is expected under social norms, they have a hard time keeping a job or get in trouble for truancy at school. (Comer, 2011) They have repeated violations of the rights of others, many times getting physical and are irritable toward others’. One of most common symptoms is their pathological need to lie, they are self-centered and lying serves their need at the moment. Clinicians tend to describe antisocial personality as having no moral center because of their total disregard for others and their manipulative ways. (Comer, 2011)
The research community and the clinical community do not agree completely with the DSM IV classification because it overemphasizes symptoms related to delinquent and criminal behavior and underemphasize symptoms rela...

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