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:

  • Glibness/superficial charm
  • Grandiose sense of self-worth
  • Pathological lying
  • Cunning/manipulative
  • 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
  • Parasitic lifestyle
  • Poor behavioral control
  • Lack of realistic long-term goals
  • Impulsivity
  • Irresponsibility
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Early behavior problems
  • Revocation of conditional release
  • Promiscuous sexual behavior
  • Many short-term marital relationships
  • Criminal versatility

  • 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.
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