Definition of antisocial?

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Postby ReNo » Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:23 am

Hi, I am confused about the definition of antisocial.

I avoid contact with people most of the time and rarely talk to anyone at school. I thought this is what antisocial meant until I heard someone say that antisocial people were criminals in some way, and now I am confused about what antisocial really means... Can someone please explain this to me?

Edit: Spelling error.
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Postby stuhlz » Thu Sep 15, 2005 6:39 pm

dictonary.com says..

1. Shunning the society of others; not sociable.
2. Hostile to or disruptive of the established social order; marked by or engaging in behavior that violates accepted mores: gangs engaging in vandalism and other antisocial behavior.
3. Antagonistic toward or disrespectful of others; rude.

I'm antisocial sometimes (#1)
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Postby stuhlz » Thu Sep 15, 2005 6:41 pm

It's confusing too.. like did I teach myself to be antisocial or something? :?
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Postby briary » Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:30 pm

Hi ReNo

I don't think it is being antisocial in itself which leads to a description of being a criminal. Many people are antisocial in the way you describe for one reason or another. It could be due to depression which causes people to withdraw from others, lack of confidence, social phobia etc.

I would say it is the way people behave that is crucial. Just keeping yourself to yourself and avoiding people does not lead to being a criminal. Criminal behaviour would involve some action which is not legal and people described as displaying antisocial behaviour in this context could be engaging in harassment, vandalism, intimidation etc.

Why do you think you avoid contact with people?

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Postby Pookie » Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:37 am

Hi,

From Stuhlz dictionary definition, it is clear that antisocial has three subtley different meanings.

1. is how ReNo describes him/her self, which might better be described as asocial, or reclusive.

2. describes the inability or unwillingness to conform to the normal standards of behaviour in the society in which one lives. This would include loudly slurping your soup at the Ritz, dropping litter, and throwing petrol bombs at police cars. The nub of this definition is that the average member of society would find the 'antisocial' behaviour unacceptable.

3. describes deliberate acts perpetrated by the antisocial person that are targetted to anagonise a particular victim, or small group of victims. The nub of this definition is that the intended victim is meant to find the specific behaviour unacceptable.

So in short, ReNo, antisocial means both the things you describe.
But introverted or introspective or asocial are probably a better words to describe your own behaviour.

I hope that this helps.
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Postby Solus » Sat Sep 24, 2005 12:55 am

I guess if you're talking about just the word antisocial, that would be fine, but as far as I know, to have antisocial personality disorder, your actions have to somehow violate or intrude on the rights of others. That's probably where the criminal connotations come in.
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Postby launchboxbill » Sat Sep 24, 2005 1:25 am

remember the difference between asocial and antisocial. asocial means you dont get involved with social activity. antisocial means you oppose social activity. unsocialable means your not able to socialise for one reason or another, perhaps because you are an asocial person, or because you have a disorder, or something or other

but antisocial is just that, ANTI-social. this is why the word is used with contempt often
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Postby ReNo » Wed Sep 28, 2005 1:20 am

Thanks, that helps alot. I recently took a personality type test in one of my classes. After taking the test, it tells you your personality type with four letters. My main one was introverted, which was obvious but true.
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Postby gull2516 » Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:03 am

ReNo,

You are an introvert (Not Social). It does not mean that you are anti-social.

Anti-social person is one who does not know what is LOVE.
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Postby Pookie » Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:59 am

Hi ReNo,

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tests are derived from Carl Jung's work to explain the normal differences between healthy people. In this context, the terms Introverted and Extraverted have a different meaning to their everyday use, where they are normally applied to the extremes, rather than the norms of behaviour.

My own MBTI is ENFP, which does not mean that I dance on tables and sing in the street, rather it means that I best understand and solve problems by talking them through with other people.

I hope that this helps.
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Postby doggyvonne » Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:10 pm

in my present situation on a brand new estate full of big cars and materialistic projecting people I could be seen as antisocial because I refuse invitations to parties trying to sell me things or really smelly barbies offering mostly things I dont eat! My husband and I dont drink, choose not to have parties of our own and enjoy a quiet life without fireworks which incidentally we regard as very antisocial as it intrudes very obviously into our space whether we want the noise or not and it upsets our dog. I think maybe 'antisocial' relates to the situation you are in and round here majority of people are not like us so it makes us the antisocial ones.
conversely we dont dislike people just the kind of things which they do.. some manners in our society would be really nice. I was having a cholesterol test in our Boots store and it was all taking place behind a screen...a boy of about 4 was using the screen as a wobble board and the whole thing was threatening to collapse around me and the pharmacist doing the test. "Yuck" says the boy looking round the edge of the screen. "Yes very yuck" says I referring to his behaviour and no parent in sight to stop him. Both the pharmacist and I seemed reluctant to reprimand him.
The child was being naughty but it was the parent who was antisocial because the parent knew better and failed to keep the child in check.
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