Some people who have heard about antisocial personality think that people with this condition are scary and evil. Although people with antisocial personality may be more likely to engage in criminal behavior they are not necessarily bad or evil. Instead of stigmatizing a mental illness it is important to form a greater understanding of the disorder.
Like all personality conditions, antisocial personality is characterized by a particular pattern of enduring behaviors and inner experiences that make it difficult to relate to oneself and others. For example, individuals with antisocial personality disorder may display:
- Lack of regard for the rights of other people
- Superficial charm
- Lack of remorse and empathy
- Manipulative, destructive, or criminal behaviors
- Grandiosity (excessive sense of self)
These tendencies may impair their ability to relate to others in a genuine way and may result in harmful or dangerous behaviors. In addition, people with antisocial personality disorder have been shown to have abnormalities in the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of your brain that helps guide decision making, control aggressive impulses, and complete other tasks as well. Although individuals with this disorder are not bad or evil people, their disorder may facilitate dangerous behaviors that could cause physical, emotional, or psychological harm to people around them.
Antisocial personality is very rare and can be difficult to treat. However, some options such as psychotherapy and medications to combat aggressive behaviors have been used in the past. Living with someone who may have antisocial personality disorder can be extremely taxing; please contact support by searching our database if you suspect someone you know may be living with this condition. If you feel endangered or threatened by anyone’s behavior, please call your local police station.
For additional information, please consider these resources:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Self-Help Resources
- PsychCentral: Antisocial Personality Symptoms
- PubMed Health: Antisocial Personality Information