Those suffering antisocial personality may find it difficult to feel empathy, coming off instead as cynical or apathetic. Inflated values of self-worth accompany a tendency to disregard boundaries of others. Lying, violence, and impulsiveness disrupt daily interaction. Manipulative behavior makes it difficult for those with antisocial personality to maintain healthy relationships.
Symptoms of Antisocial Personality
• inflated feelings of self-worth
• irritability or violence
• impulsive behaviors
• frequent lying
• disregard to others’ boundaries
• disregard to laws
Genetics and childhood upbringing both seem to play a role in arising antisocial personality. Lack of a stable environment while growing up can lead to oppositional defiance, which may later progress into antisocial personality.
Medication can aid clients with symptoms such as irritability, although medication is at risk of being abused. Therapy is essential in treating antisocial personality. Treatment can be difficult to seek due to troubles in self-analysis and lack of motivation. Therapy, however, provides clients with a space to communicate, aiming towards improving relationships and social skills and controlling impulsive behaviors.
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Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists reinforce appropriate behaviors and the connection these behaviors have in respect to emotions, guiding clients towards empathy and effective communication.
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