Percentage of Three Conditions Linked to Low Empathy

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We at Mint Message have gone over the different mental illnesses associated with a lack of empathy and now we can write an article about the three main mental conditions associated with a lack of empathy and emotional intelligence. One of the people working with us here at Mint Message already made a decent video going over these statistics that we have embedded here, but we can easily go over this information quickly and provide the information for those who prefer to read how many people exist in the general population that tend to have less empathy than the average human being.

When it comes to Antisocial Personality Disorder, about three percent of the population, or one in thirty-three people, have an untreated version of this particular mental illness. Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a mental health condition characterized by a consistent disregard for and violation of the rights of others. Individuals with ASPD display a pattern of engaging in behaviors such as lying, manipulation, impulsivity, and a lack of empathy or remorse.

Then, you have untreated borderline personality disorder, which affects up to 6% of the general population and is defined by "chronic instability in the affected individual’s mood, relationships, and sense of identity" according to Encyclopedia Britannica, and untreated Narcissistic Personality Disorder which affects up to 6.2% of the population. Even though some of these conditions have dual-diagnosis, this is still a decent number of people in our modern day and age with conditions associated with not caring much about your fellow man.


1. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.). Arlington: APA.

2. Ford, T., et al. (2015). Antisocial personality disorder. The Lancet, 385(9969), 2076-2086.

3. Kiehl, K.A. (2006). A cognitive neuroscience perspective on psychopathy: Evidence for paralimbic system dysfunction. Psychiatry Research, 142(2-3), 107-128.

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