ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER
Antisocial personality disorder, as listed in the DSM-IV-TR is an ego-syntonic mental condition characterized by a disregard for and the violation of others' rights. Persons with this disorder are often referred to as "psychopaths" and "sociopaths," both of which have minor differences that are not germane to the layman.
In order to be diagnosed as possessing antisocial personality disorder, a subject must demonstrate at least 3 of the following traits to a significant degree.
-Consistent failure to conform to lawful behavior esp. where inconvenient
-Deceitfulness, esp. arbitrary
-Reckless disregard for the safety of self/others
-Lack of remorse
Antisocial personalities are often characterized as having "superficial charm" that may attract others despite their unpleasant traits. Often, antisocial personalities are intelligent or cunning. Their lack of morality may not be complete: often, they possess personal, idiosyncratic codes of behavior. Technically, the DSM-IV-TR does not approve of diagnosing personality disorders prior to age 18 (due to the fact that adolescents often experience rapid personality changes and are inherently unstable), but for one to be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, one must display characteristics consistently from at least age 15.