This page discusses my creation of "The Psychopath Test" which I put on line in June 2012. It is not a replacement to any professional test of psychopathy as it is not a clinical assessment; it is just for fun.
The test is based upon the Hare Pscyhopathy Checklist (PCL), a professional instrument developed by Dr. Robert D. Hare through his study of prison convicts. He found that certain groups of individuals were much more likely to reoffend than others.
The criteria of the PCL could already be found many places on line when I began working on this project, however the problem is that the PCL items are very broad and require expert judgement to asses correctly, the full twenty items of the check list are:
Grandiose sense of self-worth
Lack of remorse or guilt
Shallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric)
Callousness; lack of empathy
Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
Poor behavioral control
Lack of realistic long-term goals
Early behavior problems
Revocation of conditional release
Promiscuous sexual behavior
Many short-term marital relationships
As you can see, some of them may be more than ambiguous to non-experts. My version of this test improves on this by asking more specific and narrower questions.