There’s a lot of misconceptions out there about antisocial personality disorder. What is it? Stick around on this to know all about it.
I think one of the most common misconceptions is that antisocial means shy or introverted or withdrawn. That’s not what it means. You might have heard an old term psychopath.
That was a term that was coined to refer to what we call antisocial personality disorder. To understand this, the diagnostic system in psychology is broken into different axis.
Axis one is where most of the psychological disorders are listed. We’re not getting into all of that today.
Axis 2 is the personality disorders as well as some other pervasive developmental disorders like autism. Personality disorders have to do with the way we impact or affect other people.
Antisocial personality disorder is most commonly characterized by a lack of regard or a disregard for the rights of other people.
In the diagnostic criteria for antisocial personality disorder, this disregard for the rights of other people. Sometimes includes the violation of those rights which results in criminal behavior or behavior that could be considered criminal or that you might be arrested for.
It could also include lying, deception or manipulation. And usually that’s done for the purpose of profit or amusement. Excessive impulsivity or impulsive behavior is very common.
Another common characteristic:
Irritability or aggression. And usually, this reaches a level where they’re hurting other people. And could include fighting or violence. Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a blatant disregard for personal safety or the safety of other people.
Irresponsibility is a common hallmark of antisocial personality disorder. And finally, a lack of remorse for all of those actions. “Sounds like somebody you want to know or hang out with?”
This is pretty serious stuff. There’s other criteria that need to be considered in order for someone to actually receive a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder.
For example, this behavior has to be present when they’re younger than the age of 15, but you cannot diagnose it until they’re at least 18. We don’t have to worry about all of those details.
I’ve got a caution for you. Because you’re probably thinking right now, “Oh, that’s so and so.”
My ex. “Oh, yeah. That’s him for sure.” “Somebody in your family.” “Some that you work with.”
We have to be really careful about Mis diagnosing or self diagnosing this condition. There’s a lot of stigmas attached to it. And yes, it causes a lot of disruption to families relationships and even our society.
A lot of folks with antisocial personality disorder end up being incarcerated. There in our prisons and in our jails. The other thing that’s important to remember here is that many of these criteria are true of some people some of the time in order to qualify for a diagnosis.
It has to be a pervasive condition that’s present in most areas of this person’s life. Even though you may have observed, some of the characteristics that I talked about in somebody that you know?
Remember that your personal experience with a person does not define them or diagnose them.
So, be careful with the information that I’ve shared with you today and be really hesitant to attach that label to someone.
Antisocial personality disorder is a psychological condition in which a individual has a long-term routine of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of other people with no remorse. This behavior may cause difficulties in relationships or in the office and is often Criminal.
I hope that you found that information helpful. We got a little psychological here today. I want you to understand the terms that are being thrown around. If you’ve benefit from it, would you please share this with someone else