No inhibitions, no moral sense, and no social structure
Within the DSM-IV-TR, the criteria for antisocial personality read:
A. There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of
others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the
Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated
by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
2). Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated 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
- 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.
- The individual is at least age 18 years.
- There is evidence of Conduct Disorder with onset before age 15 years.
- The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of
Schizophrenia or a Manic Episode (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).
Although these criteria are often seen in both sociopaths and psychopaths, there
exists an argument that sociopathology, psychopathology and antisocial personality
disorder by themselves are their own individual personality disorders (Hare, Hart &