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BEHAVIORAL GENETICS: THE SCIENCE OF ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR. Antisocial Behavior - Causes and characteristics, Treatment - Theories Of Personality, Child, and Children - JRank Articles. What Causes Antisocial Personality Disorder? The cause of antisocial personality disorder, or ASP, is unknown.

What Causes Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Like many mental health issues, evidence points to inherited traits. But dysfunctional family life also increases the likelihood of ASP. So although ASP may have a hereditary basis, environmental factors contribute to its development. The Theories Researchers have their own ideas about ASP’s cause. A recent study showed that if mothers smoked during pregnancy, their offspring were at risk of developing antisocial behavior.

Yet another theory suggests that people with ASP require greater sensory input for normal brain function. Brain imaging studies have also suggested that abnormal brain function is a cause of antisocial behavior. The Environment. The Role of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Antisocial Behavior in Crime - Inquiries Journal. Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), also known as dyssocial personality disorder, is a mental illness that is characterized by a reckless disregard for social norms, impulsive behaviour, an inability to experience guilt, and a low tolerance for frustration.

The Role of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Antisocial Behavior in Crime - Inquiries Journal

Individuals with ASPD exhibit an inflated sense of self-worth and possess a superficial charm, traits that often aid their attempts to exploit and violate the rights of others. Although the causes of ASPD are highly disputed, research has found that antisocial behaviour is linked to abnormalities in the chemistry and anatomy of the human brain. Low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin and maldevelopment of limbic and septal brain regions are believed to affect judgement, planning, and impulse control in ASPD sufferers.

Links to hundreds of Psychology studies running on the internet. The Mind of a Psychopath. Psychopath (BBC Documentary) The neuropsychological contributors to psychopathic personality tra... Daniel Reisel at TED2013: Training the brains of psychopaths. Photos: James Duncan Davidson Daniel Reisel is here to talk about our brains.

Daniel Reisel at TED2013: Training the brains of psychopaths

In particular, how we might change them–and how this kind of thinking might just change the tenor of society as a whole. He introduces us to Joe, who’s 32, and a murderer. Reisel met Joe in Wormwood Scrubs, a high-security prison that houses England’s most dangerous prisoners. On a grant from the UK Department of Health, Reisel visited the jail to study inmates’ brains and try to find out what lay at the root of their behavior.

Watch Free Documentaries Online. According to popular wisdom, psychopaths are …crazed and bloodthirsty serial killers.

Watch Free Documentaries Online

The reality is not …all so simple. While many psychopaths do commit violent crimes, not all psychopaths are criminals and not all criminals are psychopathic. Psychopaths are found in many walks of life and are often successful in competitive professions. However they are also ruthless, manipulative and destructive. Equinox reports on techniques developed by psychologists to work out whether a person is psychopathic and shows how brain scientists are coming close to mapping the malfunctions in the brain that cause a person to be a psychopath. Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath? Infographic: Psychopath Vs. Sociopath. For references see below.

Infographic: Psychopath Vs. Sociopath

Share this with your readers! <a href=" src=" alt="Infographic: Psychopath Vs. Sociopath by" title="Infographic: Psychopath Vs. Sociopath by" width="600" height="1095" /></a><br /><small>Psychopath Vs. Sociopath Infographic was provided by <a href=" target="_blank"></a></small><br /></small> The infographic above explains key common traits and differences between psychopath and sociopath and includes some statistical data you may want to know.

UPDATE: “Both suffer from antisocial personality disorder” is in accordance with the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) 2013 release where psychopathy and sociopathy are both listed under antisocial personality disorders (ASPD). Other references: You may also want to take Interactive Sociopath Quiz (Antisocial Personality Disorder). Related Posts: Criminal Minds Are Different From Yours, Brain Scans Reveal. The latest neuroscience research is presenting intriguing evidence that the brains of certain kinds of criminals are different from those of the rest of the population.

Criminal Minds Are Different From Yours, Brain Scans Reveal

While these findings could improve our understanding of criminal behavior, they also raise moral quandaries about whether and how society should use this knowledge to combat crime. The criminal mind In one recent study, scientists examined 21 people with antisocial personality disorder – a condition that characterizes many convicted criminals. Those with the disorder "typically have no regard for right and wrong. They may often violate the law and the rights of others," according to the Mayo Clinic. Brain scans of the antisocial people, compared with a control group of individuals without any mental disorders, showed on average an 18-percent reduction in the volume of the brain's middle frontal gyrus, and a 9 percent reduction in the volume of the orbital frontal gyrus – two sections in the brain's frontal lobe.

Psychopathic Narcissism. Friday the 13th turns out to have been unlucky for murder defendant Joran van der Sloot.

Psychopathic Narcissism

The latest installment in the notorious case of the now twenty-four-year-old Dutchman consisted of his self-serving and disingenuous confession in a Peruvian courtroom this week. By dint of delivering this brief formal statement, van der Sloot pled guilty , and hoped to save himself from serving a far longer sentence than he would have without confessing under Peruvian law. However, today, those hopes were dashed. He was sentenced, fittingly by a panel of three female judges, to 28 years in prison. His affect during his courtroom appearances this week was inappropriate to the austere circumstance. Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Evil « mind.expressions. DELANY DEAN, JD, PhD KC Mindfulness Introduction: During both my professional careers (criminal law and psychology), two areas of particular interest to me have been psychopathy and narcissism.

Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Evil « mind.expressions

Psychopathy is generally viewed as a particularly virulent form of narcissism, in which the person is not only very much focused on herself, or himself, but also highly manipulative, sometimes sadistic, and very much into control and power. Underneath the superficial charm, the narcissist/psychopath always has a “me-first” mentality. A good non-technical book about this phenomenon is: The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout [the term “sociopath” is closely related to the term “psychopath”].

Some good web resources about the phenomenon known as “narcissistic rage” are in my “” links (click over in the side column on this blog, where it says “And, Check Out…”). Do Narcissists Know They Are Narcissists? Think of your friendly neighborhood narcissist. Status-seeking, grandiose, loud-mouthed, brash, and flamboyant. Have you ever noticed how he (or she) brags all the time, not only about his astronomical I.Q. and bulging pectoral muscles, but also about the fact that he is narcissistic ?

The Psychopath: The Mask of Sanity. THE PSYCHOPATH - The Mask of Sanity Special Research Project of the Quantum Future School Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members.

The Psychopath: The Mask of Sanity

Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken. Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Evil « mind.expressions. Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath? Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale. This is interactive version of the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale, a test of sociopathy.

Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale

Introduction Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of empathy for others. The LSRP was developed in 1995 for use in psychological research. It measures on two scales: primary psychopathy (psychopathic emotional affect) and secondary psychopathy (psychopathic lifestyle). Procedure The test consists of twenty six statements that could possibly apply to you. You must rate each on how much you agree with it on a scale of (1) strongly disagree (2) disagree (3) neither agree nor disagree (4) agree (5) strongly agree.