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.
Ryan R. 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:
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