Why is Antisocial Personality Disorder one of the most linked disorders to adult criminal behavior?http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/754975

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The person with anti-social personality disorder is completely lacking in empathy, there is little to stop that person from committing crimes.  While it is true that punishment is one factor that keeps people from committing crimes, it is also likely that many of us do not do so because we do have empathy, realizing that committing a crime costs others in some way, either with monetary or personal injury, something we can "picture" in our own minds as painful, something we do not want to happen to us.  The person with this disorder is not capable of an insight into this at all, thus perfectly able to do whatever is necessary to serve his or her own needs.  I should also add that the person with this disorder is capable of mimicking empathy, by observing what others do, but making empathetic statements is not empathy.

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