What is antisocial personality disorder? It is a disorder in which a person feels no empathy and does not have a sense of what is right or wrong (Long, Phillip W, 2011). Some of the symptoms of this disorder include the disregard for right and wrong, chronic lying, the use of charm with the intent to manipulate another person, problems with the law, child abuse, continuously violating rights of others, use of intimidation, violent behavior, no remorse, being impulsive, agitation, inability to maintain relationships, and irresponsibility (Mayo Clinic, 2010). With these symptoms a person could be almost capable of anything and may not even feel that they have done something wrong. Those with this disorder may even view themselves as superior to others (Health Tree, 2010). The symptoms for a person with the disorder to be labeled as a psychopath are a little different. How is this disorder diagnosed?
Overall, anyone can be a sociopath as long as they display at least three of the seven traits described and exhibit them since the time they were fifteen. Some can be very productive member of society, others however, as proved, cannot and will wreak havoc on society and their victims. Even though they can be violent and manipulative, the way their mind works is fascinating. The ability to pass a lie detector test is baffling due to them not exhibiting signs of stress. It is clear that there is a distinction between antisocial personality disorder and sociopaths. They are very much related and intertwined with each other. It is also clear that people whom are sociopaths think in a very different way compared to the way a normal mind works and that is what makes them so fascinating.
Antisocial personality disorder is one of the more common personality disorders even though only 1.1% of the general public are diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. Someone diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder may be called a sociopath. Antisocial personality disorder is not usually diagnosed until adulthood. However, symptoms of the disorder often manifest in the teen years and a conduct disorder is typically diagnosis before the age of fifteen with antisocial personality disorder. Some common behaviors associated with antisocial personality disorder include; impulsive behaviors, manipulative behaviors
Peoples ideal definitions of a sociopath often mislead them. A sociopath is classified as a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.Sociopaths are not as uncommon as most people think Your average neighbor may even have the urge to kill and dismember bodies. This being said, not all sociopaths take the leap to murder and often keep their thoughts to themselves . Sociopaths have completely different personality traits and characteristics than the normal human being. They often have disregard for the rights of others, failure to feel remorse or guilt and even tendency to display violent behavior and emotional outbursts. Even with these obvious characteristics some people keep their sociopathic tendencies hidden in shame or guilt of these feelings, but the people that embrace their sociopathy are some of the most well known American serial killers to this day.
First of all, the most common signs and symptoms of the antisocial personality disorder in an adult person included the difficulty of differentiating right from wrong, the continuing lying or dishonesty to others, the seduction or humorousness to control others for personal interest or personal pleasure, the sense of superiority and exhibit...
Antisocial personality theory is a combination of traits, such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, hedonism, and inability to empathize with others, that make a person prone to deviant behavior and violence; also referred to as sociopathic or psychopathic. Many studies have been done and there is much evidence that people with an antisocial personality disorder are more likely to commit crime, when in frustrating events they act with negative emotions, feel stressed and harassed, and are adversarial in their interpersonal relationships. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to have weak personal constraints and have a hard time controlling impulsive behavior urges. There are many factors that people believe contribute to people developing a criminal personality. In the book, it states that some of the factors are related to improper socialization, such as having a psychopathic parent, experiencing parental rejection and the lack of love received during childhood, and also inconsistent discipline. Some psychologists think that the cause of antisocial personality is brain dysfunction or possibly neurological issues. “They suspect that psychopaths su...
Sociopath is a kind of anti-social behavior. The term sociopath was first introduce in 1909 in Germany by biological psychiatrist Karl Birnbaum and in 1930 in the US by educational psychologist George E. Parttridge, as a subtype of Psychopath. It was used to indicate that the defining feature is violation of antisocial behavior. Robert Hare, who may believe that biological factors are predominant in causing psychopathy, claimed that sociopathy and psychopathy are often used interchangeably, but in some cases the term sociopathy is preferred because it is less likely than is psychopathy to be confused with psychosis. Hare also believed that sociopath was made due to social factors whereas psychopathy was made by psychological,biological, and genetic factors. (Wikipedia)
Sociopathy is defined as the tendencies of a person who is a sociopath. Sociopaths are infamous for their “inordinate” amounts of crime. They cannot fathom cold, often have an absence of empathy, and usually respond differently as a result of a lack of “love, shame, guilt, empathy, and remorse” (Mealey 134). Sociopaths are irresponsible, impulsive, and egocentric. Although sociopaths make up only a relatively small portion of the whole population, there is a correlation between criminal behavior and sociopathic tendencies. A recent study concluded that although ...
Through out time and history there have been many theories of what truly defines a criminal psychopath. Some have evolved and progressed more than others. Form the first study conducted through now we have a better understanding of the characteristics that make up a psychopath. Although there are a variety of different psychopath categories there are those main characteristics that everyone should be aware of. These include : Lacl of remorse, Lack of empathy, Lack of realistic or long term goals, poor judgment, having a manipulating personality, superficial charm, and above average intelligence.
Per DSM-5 symptoms and criteria for antisocial personality disorder, there are four criteria the individuals must meet to be diagnosed within these disorders (Porter, 2016). They are as followed: A. Disregard for and violation of others rights since age 15, as indicated by one of the seven sub features:
Sanity is subjective. Every individual is insane to another; however it is the people who possess the greatest self-restraint that prosper in acting “normal”. This is achieved by thrusting the title of insanity onto others who may be unlike oneself, although in reality, are simply non-conforming, as opposed to insane. In Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted, this fine line between sanity and insanity is explored to great lengths. Through the unveiling of Susanna’s past, the reasoning behind her commitment to McLean Hospital for the mentally ill, and varying definitions of the diagnosis that Susanna received, it is evident that social non-conformity is often confused with insanity.
The movie, “Girl Interrupted,”is about a teenage girl named Susanna Kaysen who has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. People with Borderline Personality Disorder “are often emotionally unstable, impulsive, unpredictable, irritable, and anxious. They also are prone to boredom. Their behavior is similar to that of individuals with schizotypal personality disorder but they are not as consistently withdrawn and bizarre” (Santrock, 2003). In “Girl Interrupted” Susanna Kaysen the main character, goes through many episodes that give a picture of the disorder she’s suffering from. The first such incident occurs when the psychiatrist is talks to Susanna about her failed suicide attempt. During the conversation, she is seen as confused and irritated by his presence. While the psychiatrist questions her, her mind seems to be somewhere else because she is having flash backs of her past, maybe a sign of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Susanna seems to be uncertain about things, she claims that she does not know what she feels. She was taken to the hospital after she tried to commit suicide, she took a bottle of aspirin. Her reason for taking the full bottle of aspirin was major headache, which was also alarming to the psychiatrist.
Antisocial Personality Disorder, also informally known as psychopathy/sociopathy, is a disorder where people elicit manipulative behaviors and lack morals. This includes disregard for rules, violence, superficial charm, promiscuity, a superiority complex, and difficulty forming attachments. This is said to be caused by genetics as well as modeling, or watching other people perform this kind of behavior. 3.3% of Americans are diagnosed with Antisocial Personality disorder. It’s 70% more common in males than females and is seen greatly in
The crucial characteristic of antisocial personality disorder is repeated lack of concern for and violation of the rights of others. Other core features of this disorder are manipulation and deceit. The antisocial person feels no remorse for hurting others. They may become irritable and aggressive. People with antisocial personality disorder lack responsibility and fail to plan ahead.