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Letters to the Editor
June 2002

Samson Was Heroic, Exhausted, Depressed, and in Love, but He Does Not Have Antisocial Personality Disorder

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(6):564-565. doi:

The 6 criteria for antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) that Altschuler and his colleagues suggest1 for Samson requires a more careful reading of the biblical text, Judges 13 through 16. The following will provide such.

One of Samson's additional actions listed by researchers for so-called conduct disorder that has not been responded to above is cruelty to small animals. Samson does make incendiaries of 300 foxes (or jackals) and this may be offensive to those who today support animal rights. However, Judges is a book of cruel episodes against men, women, and children and we may not expect harvest pests to be treated better.

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