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MCAT Psychology - Chapter 4 - Section 2 - Psychological Disorders- Types of Psychological Disorders
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Sample MCAT Question - Antisocial Personality Disorder

Which of the following is a primary characteristic of individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)?

a) Excessive empathy and compassion for others

b) Consistent display of pro-social behaviors

c) Manipulative tendencies and deceitful practices

d) Strong adherence to societal norms and laws

C is correct. Individuals with antisocial personality disorder often display manipulative tendencies, using deception and manipulation as tools to exploit others for personal gain. They may engage in lying, deceit, and manipulation to achieve their objectives without regard for the rights or well-being of others.

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Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder is a type of personality disorder characterized by a disregard for the right of others and repeated impulsive, aggressive, manipulative, irresponsible, and cruel behaviors, typically without the guilt or remorse most people would feel in response to such behaviors. Patients with antisocial personality disorder tend not to exhibit increases in skin conductivity in response to emotional or painful stimuli. This is largely attributed to the low-arousal emotional “coldness” typically associated with antisocial personality disorder individuals, as well as with the closely related diagnosis of psychopathy.

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