Abnormal Psychology, Anti-Social Personality Disorder and Hybristophilia

“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.”

  • Ted Bundy, American serial killer


Karen Horney did lot of research on personality. Her theory was a child experiences anxiety if it has unpleasant childhood. To cope with anxiety it does one of the three things- it moves towards people or it moves away from people or it moves against people. One of the personality disorders that moves against people is anti- social personality disorder- ASPD. People suffering from such disorder have a pervasive pattern of disregard for, or violation of, the rights of others. They have poor moral sense or conscience and a history of crime, legal problems, and impulsive and aggressive behaviour.

You may find some people in your organisation who suffer from moderate form of ASPD. Hogan Development Test calls them Mischievous. These people like to cause trouble. They ignore rules on a regular basis, and prefer to work outside of accepted guidelines. They’re very charming, and use their charm to avoid being caught or punished.

In its extreme form, it can result in serial killers. Ted Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who belonged to this category. He assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s, shortly before his execution, he confessed to 30 homicides.

“What’s one less person on the face of the earth, anyway?”

-Ted Bundy


Ted Bundy was smart and charming person, who had done graduation in Psychology and was studying law. This helped him to attract women, most ended up becoming victims of his crime. He continued to attract women even after he was caught. During trial lot of women used to attend court just to catch glimpse of him and wrote love letters to him, while he was in prison. This attraction towards a criminal esp. committing serious crimes like rape and murder is called as Hybristophilia.

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder and was also involved in necrophilia and cannibalism. A clerk called Karen Rasmussen fell love with him and believed that her love could transform Jeffery.


All he needs is someone to care for him and I believe I am that person… with little love and affection he could be wonderful guy.”

– Karen Rasmussen


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