Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) is a Personality Disorder that is typically described as sociopathy. It is a mental condition in which a person shows no concern for right and wrong and ignores other’s feelings. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to manipulate and treat others cruelly with heartless indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior. The treatment for APD is psychotherapy and medication. These treatments only work if the patient is actual taking their medication or going to therapy, and people with mental disorders most of the time, don’t think they need help; so, they don’t follow their treatment plan. Not only do individuals with antisocial personality disorder act different, their brains function …show more content…
It is a mental condition in which a person shows no concern for right and wrong and ignores other’s feelings. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to manipulate and treat others cruelly with heartless unconcern. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior. Having a criminal history isn’t uncommon for people with this disorder, the most terrifying criminals of all time had APD.
The Ted Bundy case in 1978, is great way to understand the mind of someone with antisocial personality disorder. Ted Bundy was a serial killer in the late seventies, who targeted young college sorority girls. In just five short years Ted Bundy murdered over 30 women, with no remorse over what he had done. As a child, Ted Bundy displayed unusually behavior that were warning signs of antisocial personality disorder; he was shy, didn’t like to hang around other kids, stole things, and was very intelligent. Not to say every shy child has antisocial personality disorder, but in his case, he did. By the time Bundy was an adult he had mastered the art of manipulation. He made everyone believe he was the model citizen, the perfect all-American guy, but he had everyone fooled. At night Bundy would stock young college girls, and when the time was right he would attack. With Bundy’s charm and intelligence no one ever suspected him, but his arrogance got him arrested. …show more content…
They all have antisocial personality disorder and psychopathic tendencies. This is a fact because, all three of them were loners, they didn’t want to interact with others, not only that, they were all three very violent, physically and mentally. Those are just the two warning signs that they all have APD. They also never cared about what was right or wrong, they just acted and did as they pleased, without a care in the world. Finally, they were all highly intelligent. All three of them made careful, thought out plans, which would have been their ways to get away with murder, if it wasn’t for their arrogance getting in the way. Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Nikolas Cruz are three names that will never be erased from history, because if you do not learn the past you are doomed to repeat it.
Most people with antisocial personality disorder don’t even know they have it. When criminals have a psy-evaluation is preformed and diagnosed with APD; psychologist jump at the opportunity to study their brain activity and function. This is because not many people are diagnosed with this disorder every year, so it is hard to study properly. Studying the minds of individuals with antisocial personality disorder is a big field in the study of serial killers or criminal, because we want to know why they think and act the way they
During the McCoy murder case he was formally diagnosed with an antisocial personality disorder. Antisocial personality disorder, also can be called sociopathy, is a mental condition in which a person constantly shows that they have no regard for right and wrong and ignore the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior. Gacy said that after his first killing
Individuals who score high of the PCL-R have limited range of depth feelings, meaning that psychopaths usually do not feel depressed. In fact, individuals who had suicidal tendencies tend to score lower in the “shallow affect” symptom. On the hand, PCL-R Factor 2 focused on the antisocial factor which indicates whether the individual has violated norms or laws. Some symptoms include early behavioral problems, lack of realistic goals, irresponsible, juvenile delinquency, early behavioral problems, etc. Dixon Jr may have scored higher in Factor 2 due to his juvenile delinquency record and his aggression towards the inmates during the beginning of his sentencing.
While the definition of these antisocial disorders shares almost the exact wording, it’s almost unbelievable how different they can be from each other. Surprisingly, a psychopath doesn’t at all seem to be a psychopath. Most of them smile brightly, wear clean clothes, and are often times liked by many people in society. Most of the time, they seem to be educated and polite, and always treating others with kindness. Yet it’s all a mask, and that mask of normality is just to be accepted.
For one, Devin P. Kelley, who had assaulted both his wife and stepson before committing a shooting in Suther Springs, Texas. This link, while not as complex as the mental illness one, shows that it would be a good idea to look into someone’s past violence. Victor includes a quote from Paul Gill, from University College London which explains this pretty well, stating “‘Having a history of violence might help neutralize the natural barriers to committing violence’” (). Next, Victor writes about the sense of grievance found within the perpetrators.
Dissociative Identity Disorder Madison Detwiler Psychology 1113-03 Oklahoma State University Fall 2015 Dissociative Identity Disorder There are many different personality disorders in the world today. Personality disorders are “enduring patterns of thinking, feeling, or relating to others or controlling impulses that deviate from cultural expectations and cause distress or impaired functioning” (CITE BOOK). A type of this disorder is called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
Serial Killers: Nurture vs. Nature Family members are clueless about a possibility that one of their loved ones could be a serial killer. A young girl in Wisconsin had no idea about her father being a serial killer until she put the puzzle together years later. The family moved every six months with no reason and with a limited time to pack. There was a murder at every place they moved from. After the young girl was around the age of forty she told the police that she believes her father was a serial killer.
Jennifer Koser Joe Sonsella General Psychology 4-22-16 Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is one of 10 personality disorders in the manual of mental disorders. It is commonly characterized by a person who consistently shows no regard for right and wrong, and ignores the rights and feelings of others. They tend to manipulate or treat others harshly, and show no remorse for their behavior.1 The criteria for diagnosing this disorder differs depending on the version and source, but usually requires a lifelong pattern of symptoms. Scientific evidence shows individuals displaying anti social behavior from a young age and remaining this way for the span of their life. The population of people with ASPD is diverse.
The disorder comes with a need for control over someone's surroundings and a lack of conscious that could lead psychopaths do to whatever it takes to get that control. Psychopaths constitute about 20% to 30% of the prison population (“Serial Murder.”). While other criminals tend to have a “peak” in their criminology, psychopaths show consistency. A serial murder involves the killing of three or more people over a period of time (“Serial Murder.”).
Confessions of a Sociopath Rhetorical Analysis Every mind is unique. No two people can think exactly the same way; some minds are ravaged by insecurities and second thoughts while others can commit the greatest moral injustices without batting an eye.
Bundy is believed to have killed his first victim at age twenty-two which is over the age of eighteen. When Bundy was three years old, he snuck into his teenaged aunt’s room and put butcher knives under the covers and remained standing there, grinning (The Biography of Ted Bundy by A&E 2007). In the book “The Need to Kill” written by Dr. Steven Egger, Dr. Van Austin discussed the final report on Ted Bundy in which he found Bundy not to be suffering from schizophrenia or psychotic (2003). Bundy underwent several psychological tests and he was found to be intact psychologically.
Antisocial personality disorder is described to be the tendencies to disregard and violate the rights of others around them. (Psychologytoday.com, 2017) There are many symptoms to look at for the mental illness. The DSM-5 lists many traits that people carry with them when having the illness much like Randle McMurphy. Randle was arrested and sent to work on the work farms for statutory rape.
It may be that the disorder was influenced by either nature or nurture, or both could influence it. The debate about whether a person is born a criminal could go in a lot of different directions. One could say that a person is a criminal because of their nature and what their parents passed down to them or another could say that only a person’s nurture influenced them to do things that made them a criminal. What most people say is that a person does things that make them a criminal because of both their nature and their nurture. They do things based off of what they got from their parents as well as what environmental factors influence
Silence of the Lambs Mental Health Analysis Silence of the Lambs explores the life of a psychiatrist with antisocial personality disorder who has a connection to a serial killer that is under investigation. While some of the characteristics presented in this movie correlate to those on the DSM-V for a person with antisocial personality disorder it creates a stigma and fear against people with mental illnesses. During the interviews Hannibal Lector shows many symptoms commonly observed in people with antisocial personality disorder and the facility shows the lack of resources and therapy for antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). Main Characters and Their relationship in the Presented Environment Lecter was interviewed by a training FBI agent Starling in a case of an old patient of
The psychological principle (or disorder) that best applies to Joker 's merciless behavior is antisocial personality disorder. Antisocial personality disorder, according to Myers (2011), "is a personality disorder in which the person (usually a man) exhibits a lack of conscience for wrongdoing, even toward friends and family members. " Those with antisocial personality disorder tend to lie, break laws, act impulsively, and lack regard for their own safety or the safety of others. In addition, those with antisocial personality disorder may be aggressive and ruthless or even an astute con artist. However, not all criminals have antisocial personality disorder; if a criminal exhibits a sense of responsibility or a moral compass in other areas of their life (areas of their life other than crime), then that criminal does not have antisocial personality disorder.
Topic: Psychopath Specific Purpose: To inform my audience on the characteristic shown by psychopath and common psychopathic behavior Central Idea: Psychopath will sometimes shows unique behavior or characteristic such as speech pattern, abnormal sexual behavior and lack of emotional control. Organisational Pattern: Topical Introduction: Attention, Look around you and look at the person next to you they might be a psychopath.