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Antisocial Personality Disorder

People with antisocial personality disorder persistently disregard and violate other people’s rights. Aside from substance-related disorders, this is the disorder most closely linked to adult criminal behavior. People with this disorder have displayed some patterns of misbehavior before they are 15, including truancy, running away from home, physical cruelty to animals or people, destroying property, and setting fires.

Charles Manson, who directed his followers to kill nine people in 1969, fits many of the criteria of antisocial personality disorder, including disregard for and violation of others’ rights, impulsivity, disregard for truth, and lack of remorse. In a recent interview Manson bragged, "I was crazy when crazy meant something."

People with antisocial personality disorder lie repeatedly. Many cannot work consistently at a job; they have frequent absences and are likely to quit their jobs altogether. Usually these individuals are also careless with money, frequently failing to pay their debts. They are impulsive, taking action without thinking of the consequences. They may be irritable and aggressive, and they frequently start fights. Reckless and self-centered, people with antisocial personality disorder have little regard for their own safety or for that of others, even their children. Many also have trouble maintaining close relationships.

Theorists propose that this disorder, like many of the other personality disorders, begins with an absence of parental love during infancy, which leads to a lack of basic trust. Children who develop antisocial personality disorder respond to such early experience by becoming emotionally distant, and they try to connect with others only through the use of power and destructiveness.

Other factors that are attributed to the risk of developing antisocial behavior are:

Antisocial Parents
Substance Abuse
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Deprivation of Love and Attention
Abuse (Sexual, Physical, Emotional)
Alcoholic Parents
Alcohol Abuse

Careless and irresponsible behavior are the main characteristics of an individual with antisocial personality disorder. And no matter how immoral their actions, they display a complete lack of remorse, shame and regret.

Some other characteristics of people with antisocial personality disorder include:

  • Frequently lies or is dishonest

  • Steals

  • Manipulates others using charismatic or appealing words

  • Easily gets angry or irritable

  • Often violates the law

  • Frequently ignores the rights of others

  • Frequently gets involved in fights

  • Disregards his/her own safety as well as that of others

  • Abuses children

  • Feels little empathy

  • Bullies or terrorizes people

  • Behaves aggressively

  • Acts irresponsibly

  • Acts negligently in work and school and in family relationships

Signs and tests:

Individuals with antisocial personality disorder are often angry and arrogant but may be capable of superficial wit and charm. They may be adept at flattery and at manipulating the emotions of others. People with antisocial personality disorder often have extensive substance abuse and legal problems.


Antisocial personality disorder is considered one of the most difficult of all personality disorders to treat. Individuals rarely seek treatment on their own and may only initiate therapy when mandated by a court. The efficacy of treatment for antisocial personality disorder is largely unknown.

Expectations (prognosis):

Symptoms tend to peak during the late teenage years and early 20's and may improve on their own by a person's 40's.


Complications can include incarceration and drug abuse.

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