What is Anti-social Behavior?

We often phrase our internal state of being in words rather than depicting them through actions. As college students we start off alone in our Freshman year and feel that we will have difficulty fitting in. You might walk into a classroom and look around and think there is no one you can relate to. This happens to many students. We often say that this is anti-social behavior, but it is not true. The phrase “anti-social” is highly misused in dialogue. What we actually mean to say is that we are ASOCIAL. The American Psychological Association (APA) and the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) characterizes continuous antisocial behavior as Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASP). We often associate “anti-social” to mean that a person lacks the ability to connect with their peers due to anxiety or lack of communication skills. This is wrong, what we actually mean to say is that we are asocial. When a person is asocial, it means that they lack social skills, or they may choose not to be social. That type of behavior can be found in many different people. However, anti-social behavior is characterized by actions committed by a human being that may harm others and they may lack consideration for others. It is a life-long disorder that is mostly found in men and some women. It is a chronic disorder and may begin in some in the early teens. It does not necessarily mean that whoever may be diagnosed with ASP may be violent.




Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms – Psych Central.” Psych Central.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Aug. 2014. <http://psychcentral.com/disorders/antisocial-personality-disorder-symptoms/>.


One thought on “What is Anti-social Behavior?

  1. Francesca Voza

    Thank you so much for the last sentence! Mostly because of the media, people suffering from mental disorders are associated with violent…

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