Hahah how do I even start studying for this fucking exam tomorrow like fuck
Noki as a kit!
What the fuck am I going to do with my life
ok kids!! it’s time to learn some things!!!! because it really ticks me off when people do this with their ocs…
Antisocial Behaviour = Behaviours that lack consideration for others, that go against society, whether intentionally or by negligence. Antisocial behaviour includes breaking laws, like murder, rape, using illegal drugs, vandalism, arson, etc. Intentionally being anti society, you getting me? Antisocial behaviour can also include acts that aren’t illegal, but go against the common moral fabric of society, like bullying, manipulating, lying.
Antisocial behaviour is the opposite of pro-social behaviour, which is behaviour that benefits society, such as obeying laws, looking both ways before you cross the street, letting someone take your seat on the train etc!
Antisocial =/= ‘ugh I hate going to parties’ ‘i dont like talking to people’
Your character is not being ‘antisocial’ for wanting to stay home and read a book instead of go out with people!! It ticks me off when people describe characters as ‘antisocial’ because that word means your character engages in a lot of rebellious and likely illegal behaviour. If you want to describe your character as someone who doesn’t enjoy the company of others, try these words: shy, quiet, demure, introverted, modest, reserved, asocial.
along that vein, Antisocial Personality Disorder is exactly what it sounds like, a disorder of antisocial behaviour. it’s a personality disorder in cluster C (‘dramatic’) in the DSM. people with this disorder display a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of others and the rules of society, by negligence or intentionally. they usually find themselves unable to comprehend and conform to social norms, like they just cannot process something like ‘supposed to go to school every day’. most people diagnosed with this disorder have criminal records, especially criminal records starting in their preteen years. deception/lying/impulsivity/aggression/recklessness/lack of remorse are also features. of course, you don’t need to have all of those characteristics, just some. most of the prison population can meet, or come near a diagnosis of ASPD.
psychopathy is not it’s own personality disorder, and it’s not in the DSM separately. there are slight differences between psychopathy and aspd. it’s pretty helpful to think of psychopathy as ‘one level higher’ than aspd. it also involved deception/impulsivity/lack of remorse/juvenile delinquency, but with added superficial charm/grandiose self-worth/emotional shallowness. basically, someone who is a psychopath = aspd + extra features of low overall emotional functioning and inflated self worth. if you want to know more about psychopathy, I’d look into any works by Dr. Robert Hare, a Canadian psychologist whose entire body of work revolves around the disorder (he wrote the PCL-R, the standard test for assessing psychopathy).
the distinction between antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy can be really confusing, but it’s easily remembered by the phrase "Most psychopaths are antisocial, but very few antisocials are psychopaths."
Psychopathy can be a feature of other personality/mental disorders. So a person can be an antisocial psychopath (likely the most common) a borderline psychopath (borderline personality disorder + psychopath) a paranoid psychopath (paranoid personality disorder + psychopath) and so on.
'sociopath' is largely a pop culture term used more widely on tv and in movies than it is in actual literature. the term was coined around the 40s to try and describe psychopaths whose disorder is from social circumstances, but it did not take - we don't know where psychopathy comes from period, so the definition is a little silly.
so again, if you want to make a quirky character: don’t call people who just aren’t very social ‘antisocial’, and remember the difference between the two uwu have fun!