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Antisocial Personality Disorder

Personally I find this term unhelpful as it suggests that it refers to something rather more grandiose than it really is. Again I quote angelfire website:

“Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) is practically synonymous with criminal behavior. It’s so synonymous, in fact, that practically all convicted criminals (65-75%) have it, with criminologists often referring to it as a “wastebasket” category. Psychologists consider it an adult version of juvenile conduct disorder. The main characteristic of it is a complete and utter disregard for the rights of others and the rules of society. They seldom show anxiety and don’t feel guilt. There’s really no effective treatment for them other than locking them up in a secure facility with such rigid rules that they cannot talk their way out.”

Sounds like a crook and a wide boy to me rather than a “disorder”. Isn’t it just like some people are like that – just blike some people are really caring, are really funny/humourless, gloomy/optimistic etc. If we are to pathologist criminals, we should also pathologise really, really honest folk, not normal).

But we need a language to summarise our thoughts – so let’s continue with our explorations Next posting

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