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Kathryn also fulfills the second part of the DSM-V criteria with her display of pathological personality traits. She displays personality traits both in the domain of antagonism and disinhibition. In the antagonism domain her actions show her to be manipulative, she befriends a girl just to get back at ex-boyfriend, deceitful, she lies about being abused by her step-brother to one of her lovers, callous, as referenced before at no time does she express remorse for causing her step-brother’s death, and hostile, she throws a glass at her step-brother when he refuses to have sex with her. In the disinhibition domain Kathryn displays the traits of irresponsibility, she immediately breaks a promise to keep a friend’s secrets, and she is a risk-taker, engaging in frequent casual sex and also harboring a cocaine addiction. Thus, Kathryn meets the second part of the criteria of ASPD with all four of the traits in the first domain and two out of three in the second.
The other parts of the DSM-V criteria for ASPD are much simpler. The third part stipulates that the personality traits must remain constant across time. While this is hard to assess because the movie only covers a period of about three weeks, from Sebastian’s interactions with Kathryn it is implied that she regularly manipulates and lies to people. The fourth part of the criteria is that the aforementioned personality traits are not normal for the developmental stage or socio-cultural environment. Kathryn’s behavior is in no way normal for an upper class apparently developmentally normal girl. The fifth part of the criteria is similar requiring that the personality traits are not the resultant of substance abuse or a general medical condition. Although Kathryn is shown to have a cocaine addiction, none of her behavior can be directly attributed to it and she has no general medical conditions. Finally the DSM-V states that the individual must be at least 18 years old. Kathryn’s age isn’t mentioned in the movie, but she appears to be around 18 years old.
Regardless, of the exact rate of recovery ASPD as a personality order is stable rather than episodic ()We
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