This Is How To Tell If Somebody Is A Psychopath

By : Joseph Loftus |


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Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter, Patrick Bateman, Tommy DeVito. What is it that makes them psychopaths? 

Something deep within the fabrics of their genes? A result of their upbringing? Or is it simply a choice?

Well, Dr Daniel Boduszek from the University of Huddersfield has created a list of 20 questions which he hopes can identify whether somebody is a psychopath or not, reports indy100.

Boduszek asked 1,800 inmates at a high security prison in Poland the following statements and judged their psychopathy by how much they agreed with each.

So without wasting anymore time, here’s the 20 statements:

1. I don’t care if I upset someone to get what I want

2. Before criticising somebody, I try to imagine and understand how it would make them feel

3. I know how to make another person feel guilty

4. I tend to focus on my own thoughts and ideas rather than on what others might be thinking

5. What other people feel doesn’t concern me

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6. I always try to consider the other person’s feelings before I do something

7. I know how to pay someone compliments to get something out of them

8. I don’t usually appreciate the other person’s viewpoint if I don’t agree with it

9. Seeing people cry doesn’t really upset me

10. I am good at predicting how someone will feel

11. I know how to simulate emotions like pain and hurt to make others feel sorry for me

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12. In general, I’m only willing to help other people if doing so will benefit me as well

13. I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend’s problems

14. I’m quick to spot when someone is feeling awkward or uncomfortable

15. I sometimes provoke people on purpose to see their reaction

16. I believe in the motto: ‘I’ll scratch your back, if you scratch mine’

17. I get filled with sorrow when people talk about the death of their loved ones

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18. I find it difficult to understand what other people feel

19. I sometimes tell people what they want to hear to get what I want from them

20. It’s natural for human behavior to be motivated by self-interest

Apparently, the more egoism an inmate revealed in their response – the more psychopathic their tendencies were.

How did you do?