Most people imagine psychopaths as killers and weirdos. But, besides being potentially criminal, a psychopath can also be charming, and at the same time, manipulative and insensitive. A Canadian psychologist who has spent his professional career devoted to his study, says that your friend, colleague or even a partner might be part of this group of people.
The criminal psychologist and professor Robert D. Hare created the so-called PCL-Revised test, also known as the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which can help you determine if someone is a psychopath.
Through this test, you can identify if some characteristics, such as remorse and empathy, are completely absent and masked with superficial feelings.
Spot Any Psychopath With The Hare Psychopathy Checklist
The PCL-Revised test is divided into 20 criteria. If the criterion does not apply to the individual, it brings 0 points. If it applies only partially, it brings 1 point, and if it fully applies, it brings 2 points. Let’s take a look at the criteria and see if your friend or colleague is a psychopath.
1. Eerie and superficial charm
2. Great self-confidence and self-worth
3. Frequent feelings of boredom
4. Pathological lying
5. Deceptive / manipulative
6. Lack of guilt or remorse
7. Emotional superficiality
8. Insensitivity and lack of empathy
9. Parasitic way of living
10. Inability to control behavior
11. Uncontrolled impulsivity
12. History of immoral sexual behavior
13. A history of many short-term marriages and relationships
14. Problematic behavior in early childhood and adolescence
15. Unrealistic long-term goals
16. High irresponsibility, rarely doing the right thing
17. Blame others for your actions
18. Juvenile crimes
19. Tendency to make wrong choices
20. Engage in various criminals and breaking any kind of law
A real psychopath will have 40 points. But, anyone who has at least 30 points meets the criteria as well. According to mental health experts, psychopaths make up to 1 percent of the world population. So, when you’re taking the test, try not to exaggerate things.