Antisocial Disorder

When people think of psychopaths they think one in a million, perhaps that’s just me.

It turns out that the infrequencies of psychopaths in the world is just a myth.  According to, the Sign of the Times: Psychopathy website this disorder is more prevalent than one might have thought or perhaps wants to believe.

The mounting cases in the media of people who have committed horrific crimes points to the leading polls that psychopathy, if you will, is a prevalent threat to the world.

According to this website, psychopaths make up 4% of the world population and who knows what percent of alien populations elsewhere (ha ha?).  They purport that the prevalence rate for anorexia is a 3.43% and it is nearly deemed an epidemic.  It’s interesting because that figure is a fraction lower than the rate for antisocial personality aka psychopaths.

To put this in perspective, high-profile disorders classed as schizophrenia occur in only 1% [of the population].  This is a quarter the rate of antisocial personality disorder.  Also, the CDC rates colon cancer as “alarmingly high” (in the U.S.) with one in 40 people per 100,000 having the disease and this is 100 times lower than the rate of antisocial personality.

It seems obvious that the severity of psychopaths has a huge scale range.  The question is, is even the smallest remnants of antisocial disorder dangerous?

The article alludes to the possible dangers of such behaviors:

Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs.  Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.

What are your thoughts on the issue?  Keep in mind some of the recent news stories such as the Anthony case?

The article goes on to affirm that, most of us would not link ethnic genocide to something as small as guiltlessly lying to one’s boss about a coworker.  It suggests that not only are these relatable but that the link is the absence of the inner mechanism that beats up on us emotionally when we make a choice we view as immoral , unethical or selfish.

In the video below, expert Dr. Jeffrey Hancock from Cornell University discusses the disorder and how to detect deception when dealing with a psychopath.  Courtesy of Fox 25 News Station.

Detecting deception: Psychopaths among us: MyFoxBOSTON.com

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