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Antisocial Behavior

Man, nobody ever cuts you a break. You're released from prison after three years, and nobody comes to pick you up. What do they expect you to do, walk home?

You look around and notice a cup of money on the sidewalk next to a beggar sleeping nearby. Hey, if that drunk's going to pass out and not watch his cup, he deserves to have it stolen. It's like he wants to give it away. No wonder he's homeless.

So you take the money, which is enough to buy some weed at the corner. You make your way to a subway station, where you decide to jump the turnstile even though you still have more than enough money to pay for a ride. You should have looked around first, because a cop is standing just around the corner. You quickly drop the joint and run.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Antisocial Behavior
  • Psychopathy Refers to a Particularly Dangerous Antisocial Personality Style
  • Sadistic Traits Involve Intentional Cruelty to Others
  • How Does Antisocial Personality Evolve?
  • How to Cope with Antisocial Behavior


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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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