The Neurobiology Behind the Making of the Antisocial Personality Type

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Vyapti Patel


The antisocial personality type is a particular type that is full of mysteries, but with the assistance of more advanced technology, and the exploration of this personality type, more knowledge upon it is slowly being gained. It is known that the diagnosis of this personality type is more common in males than it is in females, “total prevalence rate of 4.5% in community samples” (Fitzgerald, 2007). There is so much more to this personality type than what the media presents, and by exploring the brain science behind the antisocial type, more equipped decisions to help these individuals can be made before unfortunate events occur. The antisocial personality type is also closely tied with the legal system, and for years has been causing turmoil upon individuals and their families; whether the individual themselves have this personality type or they themselves have been affected by someone who has this personality type. This personality type “stems from brain abnormalities” and has a lot to do with “dysfunctions in select parts of the brain” according to the research suggested in the article, The neuropsychology of antisocial personality disorder (Fitzgerald, 2007). The antisocial personality type has a lot to do with the genetics and the biological aspect of oneself, but when tied with ‘nurture’, the making of a dangerous individual can be amplified. Treating individuals with the antisocial personality type can be difficult as they themselves do not have the desire to change, most probably due to their lack of empathy when inflicting pain upon others. Although change can be brought upon these individuals; through the exploration of the antisocial personality type in terms of the neurological as well as the psychological aspect, a more deep understanding of this personality type can be gained, which in turn can help eradicate the chaos and destruction that this personality type brings into society as well as save the lives of those experiencing this personality type

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Vyapti Patel, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Vyapti is a Freshman majoring in psychology. She is interested in neurobiology and the workings of the mind and its connection to psychology. Outside of the academic realm, she enjoys spending time reading books and sketching. She enjoys researching topics about the brain that are both fascinating and that help bring awareness, which the “Brain Matters’ organization allows her to do. She has currently written an article on the Makings of the Antisocial Behavior type, which not only educates others on the situational and biological aspect of those with the Antisocial Behavior type, but also brings awareness, so that these cases can be better resolved, and prevented from causing chaos.