A personality disorder marked by antisocial behavior and a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood.
The signs include:
1. failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
2. deception, as evidence by pathological lying, use of false names, or conning/manipulation of others for personal profit or pleasure.
3. impulsive, failure to plan ahead.
4. irritable and aggressive, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults.
5. reckless disregard for safety of self or others.
6. consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations.
7. lack of empathy and remorse, as indicated by indifference to or rationalization of hurting, mistreating, or stealing from another.
May exhibit none to all of these:
1. covetous antisocial - variant of the pure pattern where individuals feel that life has not given them their due.
2. reputation-defending antisocial - includes narcissistic features
3. risk-taking antisocial - includes histrionic features
4. nomadic antisocial - including schizoid, avoidant features
5. malevolent antisocial - including sadistic, paranoid features.
An umbrella term that covers psychopaths and sociopaths.
Antisocial personality disorder is a broad term for many subtypes of antisocial personalities, but sociopaths and psychopaths are the most well-known. Recent evidence implies that antisocial personality disorder develops as a result of a combination of a genetic predisposition and environmental factors.
Psychopaths are generally thought to be born; genetic predisposition is the main (or only) cause of their disorder.
Sociopaths are generally thought to be made; genetic predisposition and environment (poverty, abusive/neglectful home, crime, extremely high or low intellect, etc.) both contribute to their disorder.
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