Personality as it relates to the Fantasy Wheel will be reflected by characteristics that are common to personality disorders or psychopathy.Personality disorders are enduring and inflexible patterns of thinking or behavior that interfere with an individual's social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. Many offenders involved in deviant crimes often demonstrate traits of personality disorders such as Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD), which can be extremely dangerous if the individual also has sadistic traits. This combination produces a person that enjoys inflicting pain and suffering on others and lacks empathy for the victim. Psychopathy is often used interchangeably with ASPD, yet is not recognized in DSM-IV. To read more about psychopathy, click here.
Below is the diagnostic criteria for the antisocial, narcissistic, and borderline personalities as presented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (Fourth Edition).
Diagnostic criteria for 301.7 Antisocial Personality DisorderA. There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following:
(1) failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
(2) deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
(3) impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
(4) irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
(5) reckless disregard for safety of self or others
(6) consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
(7) lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another
B. The individual is at least age 18 years.
C. There is evidence of Conduct Disorder with onset before age 15 years.
D. The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of Schizophrenia or a Manic Episode.
Diagnostic criteria for 301.81 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for
admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a
variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal
relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by
early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or
more) of the following:
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