Sifting Through the Drivel
Upon my studies with ASPD I continually got confused as to what ASPD actually is. Some list it synonymously with Sociopathy while others list it the same as both Sociopathy and Psychopathy. So which is it then? It is apparent that the more these experts study and try to label and categorize these conditions, the more confused they get (but will never admit it … for the record). Even upon reading the list of symptoms to watch for … they are exactly the same as that of Sociopathy and Psychopathy.
It actually is not that complicated if you stick to the formula I provide. Sociopaths are "created" by society (predominantly) and can flux from degree at random (often by will). Psychopaths are pre-programmed by their own internal interpretations of external stimuli and society and can only progress to the more dangerous levels. And each one of these has their own forms of energy absorption (needs).
However, when it comes to ASPD, the motives for their actions are more geared towards feeding their egotistical desires. Which means that they may perform every type of deceptive, manipulative and even physical action that sociopaths and psychopaths would, except it is highly influenced by their narcissism. So for someone with ASPD it is not about feeding off the energy of the action or feeding off the balancing of any preset programming. It is about satisfying one's self-centered personality (Narcissistic Personality Disorder).
The inclination to fulfill their own desires compels them to do deeds that are within the realm of being anti-social in nature. This remains true even if others have to pay the price for their own pleasure, wealth or ease of mind. Here lies the reason why they are confused for being the same as a sociopath and psychopath. They perform similar acts but it is the origin of such needs that should be the center of focus. And this is what distinguishes them from that of the sociopath and psychopath.
There really is no need to go into great detail about the Ego and what constitutes an act in order to feed it. But there are a few key things that one must keep in mind. The first is that the ego is what drives us to do disgusting, disgraceful and distasteful things to others. It is the true root of all evils. For no evil has ever been committed without the need to feed ones ego (apart from other determining factors).
Comparative Clarity of Purpose
Sociopaths commit such offensive acts due to their need to feed off the actions themselves (and not on the ego). A psychopath commits such acts due to their need to feed their routine of preset programming (ie, maintain the balance of such preset programming). It is only after one is caught that the psychopath will begin to absorb things from the ego. Now for someone with ASPD, nothing else exists except one's own ego … and its need to feed.
Filtering the Ego Entity's Signatures
The unchecked ego is much like that of a void, which I call "The Void Complex." We all know of it. The more you try to fill such a void, the bigger, deeper and more powerful it becomes. When you constantly feed your ego senselessly for petty things you begin to develop it into an entity all of its own – enter the Ego Entity. And when this happens, majority of what you do will be for the purpose of feeding the Ego's needs (ie, superficiality). You literally cease to being you and instead take on the form of what that Ego Entity wants (ie, a "free-willed slave").
Before we move any further on the study of ASPD we must first look at its root cause. The core of ASPD is that of possessing a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Which is pretty much the very same thing. With the only difference between the two being that the person who has NPD only, is somewhat effected (emotionally) by the damaging results to others by their own actions. One with ASPD does not pay any mind nor do they waste their time with emotional investments in such matters.
A) Grandiose sense of self-importance– Such a person will often fabricate their own qualities, achievements and skills that automatically puts them at the top of all others. Quite often, such information is given without ever being asked for it or even needed (ie, inappropriately).
A person with NPD will often think themselves special or more special than all others. This is the reason for their rationalization that the reason people seem to get hostile and negative with them is out of jealously and / or being envious. It is this very belief in one's self that leads to the active practice of associating with people that are deemed equal to themselves (eg, people high in stature) or those who would worship them.
B) Preoccupied with their own fabrications– A person with NPD will often exaggerate their actions with such sky rising success or the possession of power equal in stature. There may also be present a tendency to inflate their brilliance on any matter or literally self-worship. In which it is naturally expected that others worship their beauty as well. Such a bizarre mentality can also be applied to their ideal match for romantic relationships. Which includes the expectation of their significant other to "worship" their perfection even more so than any other.
Since they possess a strong sense of entitlement they will often expect and even require others to admire them in some fashion. Even if such admiration is in the quantity of being excessive. Another form of admiration is that of possessing unrealistic or unreasonable expectations of others.
Whenever someone else receives more attention, admiration or just favorable treatment a person with NPD may easily become jealous and envious. This can lead to invoking the competitive nature. Thus they may act out in order to regain the attention unto themselves. Considering that they strongly believe that others are and must be envious of him or her since they are so unique, special and intriguing.
C) Plays upon others– If you take in account that a person with NPD naturally believes that they should be envied, it should come as no surprise that they will often take measures to be envied. This comes in the form of exploitation. Quite simply put, they will use and abuse anyone so long as it feeds any of the above listed traits. All of which feed the Ego thus serving their Ego Entity (unbeknownst to them).
D) Expresses pure arrogance– When one believes that they are better, above or superior than others they tend to adopt the mentality of being all-knowing and / or self-righteous. And any attitude they possess will reflect this belief, which is evident in their frequent behavior. These are the individuals who are burning with pride so ferociously that it scorches and even consumes those around them. Which ultimately warps their sense of perception on the realities of many workings in life.
Inherent Nature of Antisocial Personality Disorder
The reason why I say that ASPD is no different than that of NPD is for one simple relative fact. ASPD is nothing more than the evolved form of NPD. Most experts with degrees in the respective fields would simply write such a reality off as being a "Malignant Narcissist." Antisocial Personality Disorder is Malignant Narcissism.
1) Impulsive– The Antisocial (not to be confused for an "anti-socio [path]") will often tend to act on habitual instincts (much like the sociopath and psychopath). This means they can become conditioned to certain degrees of any one trait. And may even be conditioned towards particular people, things and even ideas.
2) Highly Deceptive – Every lie the Antisocial tell either builds them up or brings others down (for the reason of bringing themselves up). They will often lie to get what they want (to feed their Ego) even if others have to pay the price for it. Which can also extend towards the use of many aliases and / or "personalities." Such related actions include conning others out of their own free will. This is solely for the reason for either financial profit (so they can worship themself with luxury) or pleasure.
3) Consistent Irresponsibility– The Antisocial may feel above the duties required at a particular job or may possess obscure realities of obligation. Meaning they may withdraw from a previous agreed arrangement for the reason that it does not suit their principles (ie, insults their Ego Entity). Other areas of irresponsibility may lie in direct relation to romantic relationships. They may feel it daunting to give admiration towards their loved ones. That or be unable to perform nice acts for their family and friends for genuine reasons.
4) Irritability and Aggressiveness– The Antisocial may carry that "in your face attitude" and even express it with the mannerisms that compliment such an attitude. Then if their intimidation tactics do not work, they may then resort to the use of verbal violence. Followed immediately by physical violence. Remember that the reason the Antisocial argues and fights is to feed their Ego (ie, to be the best or just better). You will find most martial sports athletes to possess the Antisocial Personality Condition (ASPD).
5) Reckless Disregard– Since the Antisocial will be more involved in themself and with feeding their Ego (to enhance it), they will often lack respect for others. This lack of respect can extend to individual people, animals, places, countries, organizations and those who are affiliated with them (eg, law enforcement). Such actions are not normally socially accepted and thus in direct violation of personal space, property and the law. Their acts can also be those that needlessly put themselves and / or others in danger.
6) Lack of Remorse – Given the Antisocial's sense of entitlement, the individual will rationalize any done treatment towards others as just. Thereby avoiding the responsibility of such actions. Or they may even convince themselves that that person brought it upon oneself. In this way, there is no guilt in influencing emotional pain in others, physically hurting others, any mistreatment and even theft.
Now you can see how very similar ASPD is to that of both Sociopathy and Psychopathy. What separates the three from each other is the source of motivation. Each source of motivation is the condition's own unique signature trademark, which is what should be used to categorize them. Rather than having all three possessing very similar signs and personality traits to where they are interchangeable with one another. What would be the point of having different categories if that is the case?
Source by Daffyd C. Landegge