In order to understand the close association between personality disorder and crime, the cases of Nicola Edgington and Jessica McCord will be analysed in this paper. In addition, the paper will give attention to social control, which is of critical importance in any society. The two high profiled cases will critically be analysed in this paper.
Personality disorder has been defined based on clinical terms, legal terms, as well as according to social understanding. According to the clinical definition, individuals with personality disorder exhibit highly problematic traits that may trigger distress to themselves or those around them. In addition, personality disorder exhibits persistent problematic traits that may begin at a young age and continue for a long time. Such problematic traits are pervasive because they impair the life of the individual in different aspects. In many cases, people with personality disorders are unable to maintain family, social, or intimate relationships (Bowers, 2002). Specialists have highlighted that individuals with personality disorders may experience frequent mood swings and be unable to control their behaviour. In some cases, they prove to be very hostile towards others and exhibit high levels of suspiciousness. The relationships of such individuals are always stormy, and they often exhibit emotional outbursts of high intensity. Some may indulge in substance misuse and may even harm themselves. Other individuals spend their lives, causing harm to others or seeking approval from others. Paranoid schizophrenia and borderline personality disorders mentioned in the cases of Nicola and Jessica are some of the common personality disorders. Paranoid schizophrenia is defined by high levels of suspiciousness, distrust, lack of attachment to others and flattened emotions (Buchanan & Grounds, 2011). On the other hand, individuals