What are some current medical explanations of criminal behavior?
A major medical explanation for criminal behavior is antisocial personality disorder, more commonly known as psychopathy or sociopathy (though these are no longer medically the best terms). Antisocial personality disorder consists of a strong reward drive without the ability for empathy. People suffering from this disorder tend to be manipulative, abusive, unstable, and often charming in the single-minded pursuit of their goals. It is also extremely common for these people to be criminals. The ability to cause pain and distress without feeling guilt or remorse for their actions makes people with this disorder naturally primed for crime. Notions of right and wrong and regard for the law do not pose...
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