Sociopathy (aka Antisocial Personality Disorder)
About one percent of adults are affected by antisocial personality disorder, also known as sociopathy (Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
Antisocial personality disorder is a cluster B personality disorder where a person demonstrates a pattern of disregard for the feelings and rights of other people. People diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder are commonly called sociopaths. At times, most people have told a lie, hurt someone’s feelings, or acted less empathetic. A sociopath is differentiated by the persistent and pervasive manner in which callous acts of deceit, manipulation, and even violence characterize their life.
- Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;
- Deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;
- Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead;
- Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;
- Reckless disregard for safety of self or others;
- Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;
- Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.
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