Antisocial/Psychopathic: DSM V


1. Antagonism: Callousness

Lack of empathy or concern for others’ feelings or problems; lack of guilt or remorse about the negative or harmful effects of one’s actions on others; exploitativeness

2. Antagonism: Aggression

Being mean, cruel, or cold-hearted; verbally, relationally, or physically abusive; humiliating and demeaning of others; willingly and willfully engaging in acts of violence against persons and objects; active and open belligerence or vengefulness; using dominance and intimidation to control others

3. Antagonism: Manipulativeness

Use of cunning, craft, or subterfuge to influence or control others; casual use of others to one’s own advantage; use of seduction, charm, glibness, or ingratiation to achieve one’s own end

4. Antagonism: Hostility

Irritability, hot temperedness; being unfriendly, rude, surly, or nasty; responding angrily to minor slights and insults

5. Antagonism: Deceitfulness

Dishonesty, untruthfulness; embellishment or fabrication when relating events; misrepresentation of self; fraudulence

6. Antagonism: Narcissism

Vanity, boastfulness, exaggeration of one’s achievements and abilities; selfcenteredness; feeling and acting entitled, believing that one deserves only the best; preoccupation with having unlimited success, power, brilliance, and/or beauty

7. Disinhibition: Irresponsibility

Disregard for, or failure to honor, financial and other obligations or commitments; lack of respect and follow through on agreements and promises; unreliability; failure to keep appointments or to complete tasks or assignments;carelessness with own and/or others’ possessions

8. Disinhibition: Recklessness

Craving and pursuit of stimulation and variety without regard for consequences; boredom proneness and unplanned initiation of activities to counter boredom; unnecessary risk taking; lack of concern for ones limitations; denial of the reality of personal danger; high tolerance for uncertainty and unfamiliarity

9. Disinhibition: Impulsivity

Acting on the spur of the moment in response to immediate stimuli; acting on a momentary basis without a plan or consideration of outcomes; difficulty establishing and following plans; failure to learn from experience

Counting/Quantifying Psychopathy

Prevalence of Psychopathy

In the United States, only about 1.2% of a community survey qualified for “potential psychopathy” on a dimensional scale, while .2% met the stricter criteria.

5.9% of corporate professionals were near this “potential psychopathy” cutoff, with 3% at the stricter level.

Criminal justice system, 15% at the stricter level (but estimates vary)
(Babiak, Neumann and Hare, 2010)

Prevalence of Antisocial Personality Disorder (DSM IV)

Estimates range from 0.6%-3.6% in large community surveys

Social Arguments include:

Primary socialization led to behavior and skewed beliefs poor parenting or family relations

Secondary socialization normalized deviant behavior

Psychopathic behavior are legitimated or somehow actually rewarded by society – “The Successful Psychopath”

Deprived socioeconomic conditions somehow can predispose someone to this path

Aftermath: Surviving Psychopathy

Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy

Robert Hare

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