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Are You A Psychopath? take the test
Jon Ronson   Apr 4, 2012   Ghost Watching  

Apparently 1 in 100 people show psychopathic tendencies. A new test is put through its paces.


That's a really fun video! But also with a serious message. Would be good to get a discussion going on it. What can we do about this tendency for psychopaths to run the world? (I still don't think that putting cameras in bureaucrats' toilets is the best idea.)

By the way I thought there was going to be an actual test that I could take! If someone finds one we can have an IEET poll: "10% of IEET readers are psychopaths, ten times the national average!" Now that would get us some publicity 😊
Peter --

here is a Psychopathy Test you can take:
Test for Psychopathy

For each of the 20 characteristics, give a score of 0 if it does not apply, 1 if it applies partially and 2 if it is a
perfect match.

1 Glib and Superficial Charm The tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile.
Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything. A psychopath never gets
tongue-tied. They have freed themselves from the social conventions about taking turns in talking,
for example.

2 Grandiose Self-Worth A grossly inflated view of one's abilities and self-worth, self-assured, opinionated,
cocky, a braggart. Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.

3 Need for Stimulation or Proneness to Boredom An excessive need for novel, thrilling, and exciting
stimulation; taking chances and doing things that are risky. Psychopaths often have a low self-discipline in
carrying tasks through to completion because they get bored easily. They fail to work at the same job for any
length of time, for example, or to finish tasks that they consider dull or routine.

4 Pathological Lying Can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning,
sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative,
and dishonest.

5 Conning and Manipulativeness The use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for
personal gain; distinguished from Item #4 in the degree to which exploitation and callous ruthlessness is
present, as reflected in a lack of concern for the feelings and suffering of one's victims.

6 Lack of Remorse or Guilt A lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a
tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, coldhearted, and unempathic. This item is usually demonstrated
by a disdain for one's victims.

7 Shallow Affect Emotional poverty or a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite
of signs of open gregariousness.

8 Callousness and Lack of Empathy A lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous,
inconsiderate, and tactless.

9 Parasitic Lifestyle An intentional, manipulative, selfish, and exploitative financial dependence on
others as reflected in a lack of motivation, low self-discipline, and inability to begin or complete responsibilities.

10 Poor Behavioral Controls Expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression, and
verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper; acting hastily.

11 Promiscuous Sexual Behavior A variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an
indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of several relationships at the same time; a
history of attempts to sexually coerce others into sexual activity or taking great pride at discussing sexual
exploits or conquests.

12 Early Behavior Problems A variety of behaviors prior to age 13, including lying, theft, cheating,
vandalism, bullying, sexual activity, fire-setting, glue-sniffing, alcohol use, and running away from home.

13 Lack of Realistic, Long-Term Goals an inability or persistent failure to develop and execute long-term
plans and goals; a nomadic existence, aimless, lacking direction in life.

14 Impulsivity The occurrence of behaviors that are unpremeditated and lack reflection or planning;
inability to resist temptation, frustrations, and urges; a lack of deliberation without considering the
consequences; foolhardy, rash, unpredictable, erratic, and reckless.

15 Irresponsibility Repeated failure to fulfill or honor obligations and commitments; such as not paying bills,
defaulting on loans, performing sloppy work, being absent or late to work, failing to honor contractual

16 Failure to Accept Responsibility for Own Actions A failure to accept responsibility for one's actions
reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of
responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.

17 Many Short-Term Marital Relationships A lack of commitment to a long-term relationship reflected in
inconsistent, undependable, and unreliable commitments in life, including marital.

18 Juvenile Delinquency Behavior problems between the ages of 13-18; mostly behaviors that are crimes or
clearly involve aspects of antagonism, exploitation, aggression, manipulation, or a callous, ruthless

19 Revocation of Condition Release A revocation of probation or other conditional release due to technical
violations, such as carelessness, low deliberation, or failing to appear.

20 Criminal Versatility A diversity of types of criminal offenses, regardless if the person has been arrested
or convicted for them; taking great pride at getting away with crimes.


What's really interesting there is the Arkancide link. Is this for real? As conspiracy theories go, this looks like one of the more plausible...
I'm not really sure what to think...if I pass the test am I a psychopath? If so, should I really be letting people know? If I refuse to take the test, will people ASSUME I am a pyschopath?
Peter - here's the wiki link to info on the Psychopath Test -

seems like most US Presidents and most politicians in general, are accused of being psychopaths.

@Cathy Reed Weber -- you hesitated too long. Why...?
This means.. you're a PSYCHOPATH!
"11 Promiscuous Sexual Behavior A variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of several relationships at the same time..."

This sounds like an awful lot of people these days.
@Intomorrow as most such tests, it is accumulation of lots of applicable traits that is an indicator, not any scoring on any one or two.
For example "Juvenile Delinquency Behavior" or "Need for Stimulation or Proneness to Boredom" are hardly indicators of psychopathy on their own.
In the Happiness Hypothesis Jonathan Haidt cites research suggesting that people tend to overstate their moral worth, but are VERY ACCURATE when judging other people (he cites some quite cleverly designed experiments around predicting behaviour to support this).

Conclusion: we shouldn't take this ourselves, but should get our friends to take it on our behalf. Do we dare? 😊
Why politicians with psychopathy seem to get the love of the public: (YouTube video: "freedom from conscience - psychopaths")
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