2. Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Review

  1. Mario Maj2,
  2. Hagop S. Akiskal3,
  3. Juan E. Mezzich4 and
  4. Ahmed Okasha5
  1. C. Robert Cloninger

Published Online: 4 NOV 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470090383.ch2

Personality Disorders, Volume 8

Personality Disorders, Volume 8

How to Cite

Cloninger, C. R. (2005) Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Review, in Personality Disorders, Volume 8 (eds M. Maj, H. S. Akiskal, J. E. Mezzich and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470090383.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Naples, Italy

  2. 3

    University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, and Veterans Administration Hospital, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92161, USA

  3. 4

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA

  4. 5

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Sansone Center for Well-Being, Campus Box 8134, 660 S. Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 NOV 2005
  2. Published Print: 4 FEB 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470090367

Online ISBN: 9780470090381



  • antisocial personality disorder (ASPD);
  • “moral insanity”;
  • temperament dimensions;
  • sample descriptors of thought;
  • Silence of Mind meditation;
  • TCI self-transcendence;
  • effective therapeutic alliance;
  • diagnosis of human relationships (DHR);
  • Concept of the Powerful Situation;
  • treatment outcome


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Genetic Epidemiology

  • Clinical Picture and Complications

  • Differential Diagnosis and Motivation for Treatment

  • Measurement of Thought and Human Relationships in ASPD

  • Measurement of Psychobiological Influences on Thought

  • Measurement of the Power of the Social Context

  • Systematic Studies of Treatment Outcome

  • Radical Transformation of ASPD by Coherence Therapy

  • Summary

  • References

This chapter also contains the following commentaries:

  • Understanding the Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy Professional Literature Authored by Carl B. Gacono

  • Developmental Perspectives on Self-Awareness in Antisocial Personality Disorder Authored by Jonathan Hill

  • The Complexity of Antisocial Behaviour Authored by John M. Oldham

  • Assessing Research on Antisocial Personality Authored by Lee N. Robins

  • Antisocial or Social Adaptation Authored by Janine L. Stevenson

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder—The Forgotten Patients of Psychiatry Authored by Donald W. Black

  • A New Conceptualization of Antisocial Personality Disorder Authored by Conor Duggan

  • Cloninger's Theory of Antisocial Personality Disorder Authored by Thomas A. Widiger

  • An Uphill Battle Being Won Authored by Renato D. Alarcón

  • Public Health Approaches to Antisocial Personality Disorder Authored by Giovanni de Girolamo and Mariano Bassi

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder in its Cultural Context Authored by Levent Küey and Ömer Aydemir