Chucky wrote:I don't think it's actually possible for such a person to make it that far in life, which I'm guessing is going to prove a controversial statement.
I don't think it is possible for people with ASPD
to go very far either Kevin. This is because some of the chief criteria for the disorder preclude it:
Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another
Now this is not to say there are no successful psychopaths
--those who lack the neurobiology to feel the full range of emotions and internalize social norms. ASPD is a label denoting behavioral
abnormalities, not congenital neurobiological deficits in key areas of emotional and behavioral processing like the amygdala and prefrontal cortex that is characteristic of the Psycho/Sociopath and may
or may not
lead to antisocial acts and subsequently an ASPD diagnosis. Most
, if not all ASPD individuals do not make it very far; some psychopaths and sociopaths do. That is the reality.
If this is still not clear I'll elucidate with an example. I could go out and disrupt enough of society to receive an ASPD diagnosis, however I could never be a true psychopath--no matter how many people I kill--because my biology precludes it (makes it impossible). Psychopathy and Sociopathy must be relegated to a category of their own. Many scholars do not make this diagnostic distinction and ignorantly use these terms--ASPD, Sociopathy, and Psychopathy--interchangeably. It is up to the reader to not confuse the terms, and if an author has and you are reading their material and do not want to get confused then only temporarily allow the terms to be read interchangeably, but keep a distinct category in the back of your head labeled "Biologically based ASPD/psychopathy/sociopathy" out of respect for the true pathology.