Friday, May 25, 2012

... antisocial personality disorder ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, quezon city, manila,philippines)

karen keith of tv5's tutok tulfo frequently drops by to interview me on people with antisocial personality disorder. 

we commonly think of an antisocial person as someone aloof, introverted, socially anxious, and lacking in social skills.  

in psychiatry however, the word "antisocial" carries a totally different meaning.  a person who is antisocial is one predisposed to violating social and moral norms and breaking rules, regulations, and the law.  

dr. hannibal lecter reading your mind!

dr. hannibal lecter, feeling satisfied after hungrily munching up his security guard.

according to the DSM-IV-TR (psychiatrists' manual for diagnosis), antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a disregard for and violation of the rights of others as indicated by 3 or more of the following:

failure to conform to social norms ... repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;

deception, as indicated by repeated lying, ... and conning others for personal profit or pleasure;

impulsive behavior; failure to plan ahead;

aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;

reckless disregard for the safety of self or others;

consistent irresponsibility in school or at work; failure to honor financial obligations;

@ lack of remorse in hurting, mistreating, or stealing from another;

people with antisocial personality disorder use their charm and streetsmarts to deceive people.  women fall for these "bad boys" because they carry a masculine appeal.  at their worst, people with antisocial personality disorder are criminally-minded.  popular characters who personify antisocial personality disorder include the joker, dr. hannibal lecter, and even loki.  

antisocial personality disorder is genetically-based and very difficult to treat and manage.  the best way to help them is for them to undergo a rehabilitation program which espouses a therapeutic community (TC) approach.

here are celebrities who have auditioned for the role of the joker.

whoa, even cats these days can be mercilessly, horrifyingly evil!