Antisocial personality disorder & Criminal Behaviour

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this article is about Antisocial personality disorder

Antisocial personality disorder & Criminal Behavior

Antisocial personality disorder is the psychiatric issue that is the cause of lots of personal dilemmas that is the catalyst to further complexities not only for the effected person but as the different studies suggest that, it is also the big cause of social disturbance. To be precise, here at this point it would be useful to have bird view about that disorder, according to source, “Antisocial personality disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by chronic behavior that manipulates, exploits, or violates the rights of others. This behavior is often criminal…..Antisocial personality disorder is a condition in which people show a pervasive disregard for the law and the rights of others. People with antisocial personality disorder may tend to lie or steal and often fail to fulfill job or parenting responsibilities. The terms "sociopath" and "psychopath" are sometimes used to describe a person with antisocial personality disorder. Some scholars, such as Robert Hare, still distinguish psychopathy from mere antisocial behavior.” (, 2010)

As per the different studies, this disorder start from the childhood and usually lasts to adulthood, however, the good aspect is that this disorder is curable. Besides, there are lots of sign that may indicate about this order in the particular personality some of these are:
• “Inability to conform to conventional norms with respect to the law
• Persistent trouble with the law, such as a history of arrests or violations
• Disregard for or resentment of figures of authority
• Pathological lying and deceitfulness
• Use of superficial charm or wit to influence others
• Manipulation of others for personal gain or sadistic pleasure
• Lack of remorse or guilt for harming others or violating laws; rationalizes mistreatment, betrayal, manipulation, and danger to others
• Callous lack of empathy
• Recklessness in regards to the safety of others around them, or even themselves
• Child neglect or abuse
• Abusive relationships
• Intimidation of others
• Feels that the world “owes” them; sense of entitlement
• Inability to plan for the future; failure to commit to long-term goals
• Persistent impulsivity
• Aggressive behavior such as assaults and physical disputes; belligerent reactions
• Irritability, hostility
• Consistent irresponsibility, as evident in their failure to sustain consistent work, complete education, maintain relationships, perform conscientious parenting, or honor financial obligations.” (Drugrehabwiki, 2010)

Hence, the question that may rise, is there any type of correlation among the crime, criminal behavior and this Antisocial personality disorder, so different studies portray that this order has the linkage with the crime and criminal behavior, according to the source, ““Research done by Leonard Heston in 1960 examined children of schizophrenic mothers that were removed after birth and raised by foster parents. Out of a total of 47 children examined, Heston found that nine of them were diagnosed with sociopathic personalities and antisocial behavior, and four of the 47 children developed schizophrenia. Heston also found behavioral abnormalities in many of the other children.” (Eysenk, 1982)

So, there is a need to address this issue seriously on continual basis.

Eysenck, H. J. (1982). Personality, genetics, and behavior. New York: Praeger.
Eysenck, H. J. (1996). Personality and crime: Where do we stand? Psychology, Crime, & Law,
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