Characteristics of ASPD
People with an antisocial personality disorder may engage in a number of potentially damaging or reckless behaviors. They may show a general disregard for others’ rights and struggle with impulsivity.
1. Breaking the Law
Patients with antisocial personality disorder often break the law frequently because they do not care about social norms and pressures. They may also engage regularly in a number of behaviors that put them on the opposite side of the law, increasing the risk of incarceration.
2. Violent or Reckless Behavior
The violent or reckless behaviors associated with antisocial personality disorder can create a distinct danger to others around the patient. These patients may engage in reckless driving behaviors, ignore the safety of themselves and others around them, or deliberately attack others. Those damaging behaviors can emerge as a distinct pattern for many patients and may serve as one of the most obvious signs of a serious personality disorder.
Patients with an antisocial personality disorder often show clear signs of irresponsible behavior. They may fail to follow through on obligations, including obligations at work or school, or fail to think through the potential consequences of their actions ahead of time.
It may seem as though it takes relatively little to irritate patients with ASPD. These patients often have a hard time interacting with others, and may fly off the handle or show signs of anger at relatively minor stimuli.
Patients with ASPD often lie and manipulate in the effort to get what they want. It may prove very difficult to tell whether they have told the truth or created a web of lies, particularly due to their desire to escape consequences.
6. Lack of Remorse
One of the defining characteristics of antisocial personality disorder is the lack of remorse shown by those patients when they engage in damaging or reckless behaviors. They may see nothing wrong with those behaviors and decisions, which means that they may continue to act in the same inappropriate or dangerous ways even when presented with the harm they may have caused others.