Psychopathy in adults
In August of 2018, Kevin Dutton of the University of Oxford praised US President Donald Trump “above Adolf Hitler” on a standard scale used to measure potential psychopathy in adults, despite the fact that all this looks like a classic clickbate, Trump really can find a number of symptoms that clinical psychologists usually pay attention to when diagnosing psychopathy and sociopathy. As, however, and most of us.
By the way about psychopathy and sociopathy: psychiatrists and criminologists sometimes use these terms as interchangeable, however, most experts agree that these are different things. In fact, most people have signs of a psychotic personality, such as superficial judgments, a strange glint in the eyes or irresponsible sexual behavior. Which, of course, does not make you a psychopath.
At the same time, there may be even more signs of psychopathy in the political leader. Simply because, according to research, the maximum number of psychopaths “hides” among leaders. For example, according to a study conducted by Bond University in Australia, between 3% and 21% of executives are probably psychopaths, while the level of background psychopathy in a normal population is about 1%.
The standard screening test here is a questionnaire for the detection of psychopathy by Robert Hare (Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, PCL-R). In this test, the doctor evaluates potential psychopaths according to 20 criteria, where the manifestation of each, in turn, is assessed on a 3-point scale. Estimates are summarized, after which a person is assigned a “rating” from 0 to 40. It is believed that anyone whose “rating” is 30 points or higher has problems with the psyche and a propensity for psychopathy.
Despite the fact that for an adequate result testing should be done by a specialist, it is in the public domain.
Are you ready to test your addiction to psychopathy? Below – twenty questions that will help you in this.
- Do you think you have superficial charm?
- And an exaggerated sense of self-worth?
- How about an excessive need for stimulation or a propensity for procrastination?
- Are you a pathological liar?
- Do you often manipulate people?
- Do you have a lack of remorse for your actions or feelings of guilt in general?
- Do you always show emotion if the emotional reaction is appropriate?
- Are you heartless or do you lack sympathy?
- Are you inclined to lead a parasitic lifestyle?
- Do you have a bad control over your behavior?
- Are you experiencing promiscuous sexual intercourse?
- When you were a child, did you have any problems with your behavior?
- Do you lack realistic long-term goals in life?
- Are you too impulsive?
- How high is your level of irresponsibility?
- Do you often shift responsibility for your actions to others?
- Can you say that you had many short-term, but quite serious relationships?
- Did you commit offenses during adolescence?
- Have you ever violated the “probation period” given to you for correcting behavior?
- Do you demonstrate “criminal universality”, understood as the ability to commit both a minor and a major crime?