Chapter 6 - Antisocial Personality Pattern
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Publisher SummaryAntisocial personality is one of the best predictors of criminal behavior. This chapter explores the notion of antisocial personality in more depth, with discussions of different perspectives of antisocial personality. There are different meanings that can be assigned to the term “antisocial personality.” The first meaning is simply the extremes of normal dimensions of personality that are common to all. The second meaning is rooted in psychopathology, which considers antisocial personality as a mental disorder, sees it as unhealthy and abnormal, as a disease. The chapter outlines current knowledge of personality in general. The study of personality is one of the branches of psychology and the latest thinking about personality informs the understanding of criminal conduct. Criminology's position on personality and traces the remarkable transition in criminology's respect for personality is reviewed. The chapter also examines forensic/clinical psychology and psychiatry's preoccupation with mental disorder through the study of antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy. Finally, it concludes with a critique of forensic/mental health conceptualizations of antisocial personality.

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