What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

There’s a lot of misconceptions out
there about antisocial personality disorder.
What is it? Stick around to hear 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shy or introverted or withdrawn.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. 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 enjoyed this video or found
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12 thoughts on “What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

  1. Love this, Dr. Paul! I would like to hear additional information on actual conditions to help all of us better understand and not to misuse the terms.

  2. I would like to know more about antisocial disorder. My daughter waa diagnosed with pervasive personality disorder when younger i never understood fully what that meant.

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