The Psychology behind Abnormal Psychology and
Antisocial Personality Disorder
May 16, 2010
The field of abnormal psychology researches the nature of psychopathology, including theories and research regarding its causes, and in turn, this data is applied in clinical psychology to treat patients with psychological disorders. Whereas numerous disorders vacillate as far as existence and intensity of symptoms, personality disorders characteristically stay comparatively constant. Personality disorders generate a maladaptive pattern of beliefs, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that can produce severe damage to relationships and other areas of life. Even though descriptions, evaluations, and classifications of mental disorders can differ, guideline criterion is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, DSM -IV-TR. The precise types of personality disorders are categorized and grouped into three clusters on the basis of analogous characteristics and symptoms. There are several issues of specific importance for the diagnosis of personality disorders, for instance, their demarcation from other mental disorders, from general personality performance, and from each other. According to the DSM-IV-TR, there are 10 specific Personality Disorders. This paper will address abnormal psychology and personality disorders, specifically, antisocial personality disorder by definition, development, prognosis, and what treatment might be available.
The Psychology behind Abnormal Psychology and Antisocial Personality Disorder
If one were to look up the definition of the word abnormal, it would simply be - deviating from the norm. However, who then would define what is normal? Its meaning has varied across time and cultures, as have the criteria of individuals in regard to exhibiting normal or abnormal behavior. Essentially, if an individual is contented with life, then there...