Signs you may have antisocial personality disorder

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Lifehacker reports that people who have a hard time connecting with others or carrying on conversations may have an antisocial personality disorder. Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD), which includes sociopathy and psychopathy, can develop as early as age 11. 

According to Dr Tony Feretti, a psychologist who specialises in the disorder, APD is a lifelong condition, but some symptoms may decrease over time. 

"People can have traits or characteristics of APD without having the full-blown disorder," Dr Tony said. "It becomes a disorder when their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours develop into a persistent pattern that deviates from the culture."

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According to Dr Tony, people with the disorder can be perceived as charming, witty and fun. They tend to be manipulative, have an endgame in mind, blame others and avoid taking responsibility. 

Lifehacker recommends looking at patterns in your life, particularly your relationships, to determine if you have the disorder. 

People with APD often have a hard time maintaining interpersonal relationships, as they have difficulty attaching or connecting with others.

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Antisocial personality disorder signs and symptoms according to the Mayo Clinic may include:

  • Disregard for right and wrong
  • Persistent lying or deceit to exploit other people
  • Callousness, cynicism, and disrespect
  • Charming or using wit to manipulate others, whether for gain or pleasure
  • Arrogance, a sense of superiority, and an opinionated nature
  • Recurring problems with the law, which can include criminal behaviour
  • Violation of the rights of others
  • Impulsiveness
  • Hostility, irritability, agitation, aggression, or violence
  • Lack of empathy or remorse for harming others
  • Unnecessary risk-taking with no regard for safety, whether or self or others
  • Poor or abusive relationships
  • Failure to consider negative consequences or learn from them
  • Being consistently irresponsible

Lifehacker suggests that if you are concerned about antisocial behaviour, whether it aligns more with our cultural definition of shyness or introversion, or more with clinical definition here, it is worth seeing a professional.

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