PERSONALITY DISORDERS – LEC 06
Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy
The public often uses the word “antisocial” meaning someone who is shy, introverted and so
forth. But this is not the way we use it in a psychological manner.
Paul Barnardo was a serial killer and rapist, which he committed with his wife Karla Homolka
and the serial rapes he committed in Scarborough.
Antisocial Personality Psychology usually begins at a young age. Sometimes it is hard to
dissociate antisocial behaviour and APD. There is a difference!
• Apervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since
age 15, as indicated by three (or more) of the following:
• (1) failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviours as indicated by
repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest. *Account on Ruoco’s experience
with a male who hadAPD.
• (2) Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for
personal profit or pleasure.
• (3) Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead.
• (4) Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults.
This is the stereotypical prototypical aspects ofAPD.
• (5) Reckless disregard for safety of self or others.
• (6) Consisten irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consisten work
behaviour or honor financial obligations.
• (7) Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt,
mistreated, or stolen from another.
• The individual must be at least age 18 years.
• There must be evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years. This shows
you that this really is a personality trait that has become disordered in the individual.A conduct disorder; aggression to people and animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness
or theft, and serious violations of rules.
• The occurrence of antisocial behaviour is not exclusively during the course of
schizophrenia or a manic episode.
• 2% of general population is affected by this.
• Rates for men (3%) substantially higher than for women (1%).
• In correctional and forensic settings, pr