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Antisocial Personality Disorder

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     Please watch this video on Antisocial Personality Disorder

    Antisocial Personality Disorder usually presents in males. The main feature of this disorder is their lack of a conscience, which can be noticed by the age of 15. This person lies, steals, cheats, fights, and goes against society’s belief of "normal" behavior. So since they go against society, it is termed “ anti” for going against and “social” which is the root of society.

    Antisocial Personality Disorder Personality disorder formerly referred to as sociopath or psychopath and is characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood. Deceit and manipulation are considered essential features of the disorder.

    Have you ever said, “He or she is so antisocial!”? Did you mean he or she was not being sociable? Chances are you probably did. However, in psychology we define the term antisocial differently. The term is fairly new in the psychology world and this type of personality disorder used to be called "sociopath" and "psychopath." If you think about the psychopath what do you think? Do you think about Ted Bundy? How about Charles Manson or Jack the Ripper? If you are not familiar with these people, let me tell you they are not people you would have liked to know. These three people were serial killers. They were termed psychopaths and today would be called antisocial. The next time you call someone antisocial will you think about the real meaning of the word?