People with antisocial personality disorder disregard other people’s rights. In addition, their contempt usually makes them disrespect those who represent an obstacle in their lives. Said behaviors usually manifest during childhood or early teenage years and can continue on in adulthood.
Antisocial personality disorder is also known as psychopathy or sociopathy. Deception and manipulation are also the main characteristics of this disorder.
How is antisocial personality disorder diagnosed?
In order for a person to be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, there are certain criteria they must meet. First of all, the person must be over the age of 18. Therefore, underage people, even if they have all the characteristics of this disorder, can’t be diagnosed with it.
Furthermore, the person must have had some type of behavioral disorder in the past that manifested before the age of 15. Behavioral disorders consist of repetitive and persistent behavior patterns characterized by the violation of other people’s rights.
Behavioral disorders are divided into four main categories: aggressive behavior toward people and animals, destruction of property, fraud or theft, and serious violations of the law.
We may find that the patterns of antisocial behavior don’t stop unless there’s an intervention. They can continue on even in adulthood. These people don’t adjust to social norms or the law. In fact, they tend to repeat these behaviors if they have the chance. Some examples of these behaviors include destruction of property, stalking or harassing people, stealing, or engaging in illegal activities.
Hate toward others and anger are characteristics of antisocial people
People with antisocial personality disorder hate other people’s desires, rights, or feelings. They frequently lie and manipulate those around them in order to get what they want or for mere pleasure (to obtain relations, money, or power, for example).
Constantly lying is another characteristic of antisocial people. They can repeatedly lie, use fake names, trick people, or fake illnesses.
There’s also a pattern of impulsivity that manifests due to their inability to make plans for the future. Thus, they tend to make rash decisions they don’t reflect on.
People with antisocial personality disorder tend to be cranky and aggressive. Also, they may engage in physical violence. On the other hand, they may also compromise other people’s safety without warning. An example of this is when they’re driving. They can go faster than the speed limit or drink and drive.
These people may often engage in high-risk activities with very harmful outcomes. They may also neglect their children or expose them to dangerous situations.
People with antisocial personality disorder are extremely irresponsible
This tendency can manifest in the workplace. They may stay unemployed for long periods of time, even if they have several job opportunities. Also, they may repeatedly quit jobs without having a realistic plan to find another one.
Similarly, they can miss work for reasons other than sickness. They’re also very financially irresponsible, especially when it comes to debt. In addition, they may also not meet their children’s basic needs.
In this sense, they show no remorse for their actions (Rosenblum, 2011). They tend to be indifferent or justify the damages they caused by saying things like “Life is hard” or “Losers deserve to lose”.
Antisocial people may blame their victims of being naive or deserving of their “fate“. Phrases such as “They deserved it anyway” or “It would’ve happened to them eventually” are common things people with this disorder say.
As we can see, antisocial personality disorder has very serious consequences. It’s a very hard-to-treat personality disorder and it usually manifests during childhood or adolescence due to a behavioral disorder.