anti social

United States
March 1, 2007 7:46pm CST
I know what the word means, but, could you explain it to me more?
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10 responses
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
2 Mar 07
To me the word anti social means someone who as isolated themselves from the rest of society. They have cut themselves off from family, friends and other loved ones. It could be a result of a past hurt or an actual mental disorder.
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• United States
2 Mar 07
What if you are too lazy to want to do things with others, and enjoy being by yourself? Is it wrong?
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
2 Mar 07
I don´t see anything wrong or negative in it.
• United States
2 Mar 07
Would they be considered anti social then?
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
2 Mar 07
In mental health the term 'antisocial personality ' is a person whose behaviors goes against the norms of society. They have little regard for the feelings and rights of others. They tend to be impulsive and lack empathy for others. I think that often the word 'antisocial' is mistakenly used for a person who is really just 'introverted.' As you said above, some people do not mind and actually welcome periods of aloneness, away from others so that they can reflect.
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• United States
2 Mar 07
So, if a person likes to be alone most of the time, and enjoys it, they can just be introverted? They are polite and can mix with people, and care about people, but they would be introverted, right?
• United States
2 Mar 07
That is what I was taught. They have good social skills, they just prefer being alone at times.
• United States
4 Mar 07
Hi Margie, thanks for the 'best response.'
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
2 Mar 07
Antisocial people prefer to be alone, they have no desire to socialize. They are withdrawn and extremely reserved and don´t get much pleasure out of communicating with others.
• United States
2 Mar 07
What happens if the person just enjoys being alone. Likes and feels for people. Enjoys them when they are with them. But,most of the time really like being alone. Are they considered anti social?
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
2 Mar 07
No, I don´t think so. Antisocial people never really enjoy the company of other people.
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• United States
2 Mar 07
Okay, thank you for explaining that to me.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Anti-social behavior is often seen as public behaviour that lacks judgement and consideration for others and may cause them or their property damage. It may be intentional, as with vandalism or graffiti, or the result of negligence. Persistent anti-social behaviour may be a manifestation of an antisocial personality disorder. In common parlance, antisocial often has a significantly different meaning and is used to describe those who perceived to be excessively introverted. Though technically an incorrect definition of the antisocial behaviour, this use has become increasingly common. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people. Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to "recharge." Hope this helps..god bless, mari
• United States
2 Mar 07
Mari, thanks so much for explaining that to me. It did help.
• United States
2 Mar 07
To me it means when I am at a gathering of people and I see someone who looks kind of lonely or lost and I go over to them and try to make conversation and they either don't answer or just mutter a short response. Other people try to draw this person into the swing of things with no results. I would label these type of people as being unsociable or anti social. They should stay home then they would not have to socialize with anyone. Hermits and loners would also fall into this category.
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• United States
2 Mar 07
I appreciate your help dear. Thanks a lot.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I have a nephew how is very anti social to the point of being rude. He will go to his room and stay there when anyone comes to his home. He never smiles and he hates to be around people. He does not socialize with people of any age. He is a loner and I believe he is very unhappy.He is very anti social
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• United States
2 Mar 07
If you like to be alone, but are polite, and can still mingle with people, than what would you call that?
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I feel that the word anti social means that someone is not very talkative and does not like to be around people very much. They generally avoid people and keep quiet when they are near people. I have been termed this in the past and am still antisocial in some ways now.
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• United States
2 Mar 07
Could it be just introverted?
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
2 Mar 07
This is my view. People who do not regularly socialize are often labeled as being anti-social. This means they infrequently engage with those around them. They do fewer activities involving others. Or, they might be people classified as loners who might not have many or any friends. I also think that many shy/introverted people are put into this classifiaction of being unsocial. If you are not constantly blabbing away or act in any manner of being shy, you will be labeled as anti-social, for the most part. And who will do the labeling? All the so-called social people who think if you don't act like them then you are anti-social. It is all a bunch of nonsense.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 07
Well it means that someone who is Anyi social, is rude, will not mix with People well, is ignorant to other Peoples Feelings, is ignorant towards People by ignoring People when they talk to them, basically not a nice Person Margie and I have known a few of them
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• Singapore
2 Mar 07
This word carries a negative connotation so if you think about it, there is another implication that being social is the ideal order of this. If someone finds a place and hunker down like some hermit, he is considered anti-social because he rejects a potential circle of friends. I feel there is really no right or wrong here, it's just a matter of perspective. :P
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