Many people will wonder, how would I know if someone has Antisocial Personality Disorder? This is easily answered, though ASPD is not easily detected. Usually the people that have it don't even know that they have it or what it is.
Here is a list of characteristics to look for if you believe that someone has ASPD. Below "Actions" is an explanation for each one except those that overlap, and that will be noted. It can be assumed that if three or more of the following characteristics show up, then that person will probably have Antisocial Personality Disorder.
- failure to conform to social norms
- disregard for safety of self and/or others
failure to conform to social norms. This can mean that the afflicted person may walk around town and vandalize property, have an active disrespect for the people around him seen by perhaps assulting them. It is basically acting out againt the laws and behaviours that have been set by that society as the accepted "way". This also aids in the fact that most people with ASPD are often jailed and have usually thick criminal records, but we will discuss that later.1
deceitfulness. An example of this would be someone using aliases, and being a conman. Usually the alaises are used for personal gain, and often times result in another person being used.1
There are several reasons why someone would need a "new" name. One of these just happens to be impulsivity. As our example (Subject-ASPD) is going around town, vandalizing property, and assulting people, someone has allowed him to move in, assuming that he is a respectable citizen that just happens to be new to the area. They decided to run a background check, and everything came up clean. So he moved in. The reason that nothing came up: He is using an alais and no such person exists. Generally, ASPD-er's are impulsive to escape unpaid debts, or an alais has run out at his previous place of residence. 1
This can also be considered irresponsibility.
Agression usually occurs if Subject-ASPD is confronted. Fear is a prominent part of ASPD-er's lives that they feel they must cover up. 2
disregard for safety of self and/or others. This can encompass many different things, that are seemingly the same, and in a way they are. It is careless actions of Subject-ASPD that bring harm to other people, lets say Subjects-A, and -B. This can vary to include anything from assulting people, to driving recklessly. This can also be considered irresponsibility.
The last and seemingly most important part of ASPD-er's is the fact that they seem to have no remorse for their actions ever. Subject-ASPD will generally rationalize his actions by stating that his victim deserved it. 3 It is believed that people with Antisocial Personality Disorder simply cannot draw a correlation between their behaviour and someone else's feelings. 4 Biologically, this can be attributed to the speed of the alpha waves in the brain. (More information is available on that here.)
1. Internet Mental Health. Antisocial Personality Disorder. 03 October 2001 < http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis1/p21-pe04.html >.
2. Anonymous. Personal Interview. 06 February 2002.
3. Personality Disorder Information. 03 October 2001 < http://4degreez.com/misc/disorder_information2.html >.
4. Mental Health Net. Treatment: Antisocial Personality Disorder. 03 October 2001 < http://mentalhelp.net/disorders/sx7t/htm >.