December 24, 2013

"How Much of a Psychopath Are You? Take the quiz, compare yourself with your friends (or with some historical figures)..."

"... and see what pets, musical styles and news media are more popular with the more psychopathic."

I'm surprised at how "psychopathic" average people are. This quiz seems to equate the moral awareness of the reality of other human beings with empathy, which I don't think is right at all. I came out with a 6% score and was told what a warm, "people person" I am, which isn't true.

55 comments:

Inga said...

18%. Sorry, for being so normal.

madAsHell said...

I scored 21.

You are warm and empathic with a heightened awareness of social responsibility and a strong sense of conscience. You like to carefully weigh up the pros and cons of a situation before you act and are generally averse to taking risks. You are very much a ‘people person’ and dislike conflict. ‘Do unto others…’ are your watchwords. But, although you avoid hurting others, those residing at the higher end of the psychopathic spectrum might not be as considerate, so stay vigilant to avoid being hurt unnecessarily.

That's the same thing that my horoscope told me this morning.

Inga said...

OMG, I'm in the same category as Mad Dog. ;)

Bob said...

I got 6%, also, and also don't feel myself to be a "people person." I guess their definition of a "people person" is someone who follows the Golden Rule. Doesn't make you an extravert or a hail-fellow-well-met.

madAsHell said...

Oh, my! I'm below average!

The average psycho score for men is 50%, and 38% for women.

Ann Althouse said...

The only statement I didn't disagree with was the one about keeping a cool head when others were freaking out.

Revenant said...

I don't even understand what this one is supposed to mean:

If I got a better offer, I wouldn’t mind cancelling long-standing plans.

Anyway, I got a 42%:

Though your conscience is in the right place you also have a pragmatic streak and generally aren’t afraid to do your own dirty work! You’re no shrinking violet - but no daredevil either. You generally have little trouble seeing things from another person’s perspective but, at the same time, are no pushover. ‘Everything in moderation – including moderation’ might sum up your approach to life.

madAsHell said...

Wait a minute!!

This test identifies cat owners as less psycho.
I call bullshit.
Everyone knows cat owners are psycho!!

Tank said...

42

All things in moderation.

Fair.

madAsHell said...

OMG, I'm in the same category as Mad Dog. ;)


Yes, it is a mutual concern.

john said...

I got 48 percent but I think I lied on my income. How much is a pound?

john said...

And I don't read any British newspapers. Did I take the wrong test?

Thanks for making me feel so crappy on Christmas Eve.

Meade said...

88%
"You can play hardball with the best of them! You know what you want and are not afraid to go for it – even if it means bending the rules occasionally and putting a few noses out of joint on the way. Nothing fazes you. You are decisive, self-confident and pretty much up for anything. You are a ‘means-to-an-end’ person. For you, it’s not necessarily a matter of right or wrong, but of what gets the job done. ‘Bring it on’ is your mantra, but to help those around you keep their heads, you should learn some tricks to help you temper your self-satisfying tendencies..."

Run run run run run run run away.

jimbino said...

My neighbors think I'm a psychopath for trapping and "relocating" their pet cats.

Hitler loved animals.

Meade said...

I lied about favoring piranha. Anyone who knows me knows I like roasted puppy.

Bob Ellison said...

39%

I may have some psychopathic tendencies, but I'm too lazy to bring them to the foreground.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

73%

You can play hardball with the best of them! You know what you want and are not afraid to go for it – even if it means bending the rules occasionally and putting a few noses out of joint on the way. Nothing fazes you. You are decisive, self-confident and pretty much up for anything. You are a ‘means-to-an-end’ person. For you, it’s not necessarily a matter of right or wrong, but of what gets the job done. ‘Bring it on’ is your mantra, but to help those around you keep their heads, you should learn some tricks to help you temper your self-satisfying tendencies.

OMG. Almost as bad as Meade. LOL.

If it weren't for not wanting to see animals in pain and refusing to cheat on my spouse...current spouse....not the last bastard.... it would have been much worse.

But...then again...I'm not surprised at my results. Retired Stockbroker. Stay on my good side and I will make you money.

Capt. Schmoe said...

I scored 42.

"Though your conscience is in the right place you also have a pragmatic streak and generally aren’t afraid to do your own dirty work! You’re no shrinking violet - but no daredevil either. You generally have little trouble seeing things from another person’s perspective but, at the same time, are no pushover. ‘Everything in moderation – including moderation’ might sum up your approach to life."

I guess I'm just a Schmoe.

Meade said...

Lying might've skewed my score.

Bob Ellison said...

Professor, you may also enjoy this quiz about American dialects. I saw it on Patterico. Both he and I got impressively accurate results from it.

Meade said...

"OMG. Almost as bad as Meade. LOL."

What do you mean "bad"?

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

Bob Ellison,

Interesting quiz, that. It landed me pretty much where I grew up, a bit outside NYC. Apart from the part of the country north and east of there, the only other bit that shaded towards red was ... Wisconsin, where I was born. 25 years living in California appears not to have made much of a mark.

Alex said...

I scored a 26%, but I'm sure Inga thinks that's way too low.

Bob Ellison said...

Michelle Dulak Thomson, my results on the dialect quiz were similar to yours: I was located in the area where both of my parents were raised, roughly around Omaha, which has a pretty distinct accent and idiom. I've never lived there, but I talk just like my mother and father.

Revenant said...

The sandwich question (on the language test) is heavily weighted -- my city of origin moved all over the place based on how I answered it.

Bob Ellison said...

Meade, you could better ask, "What do you mean almost?"

Sorun said...

27% "You are warm and empathic with a heightened awareness of social responsibility and a strong sense of conscience."

And I'm an atheist.

FullMoon said...

Did it 3 times before I got the result I wanted

Saint Croix said...

I am 42% psychopath. Merry Christmas!

St. George said...

My cousin, the retired fighter squadron commander, once told me that the only difference between a serial killer and a fighter pilot is the answer to one question on a personality test.

He and his men regularly trained for first-strike use of nuclear weapons against the USSR.

I once said, "I'm glad you never had to do that for real"

"You're telling me!" he replied.

Saint Croix said...

I think you'd find more scientific rigor in an astrological chart. The moon's in Venus and I like piranhas.

jeff said...

52% Right about average.

""You are warm and empathic with a heightened awareness of social responsibility and a strong sense of conscience."

And I'm an atheist."

What connection or lack there of do you see between the two?

ironrailsironweights said...

36%. That's 14 points below the male average, though only two below the female average.

Peter

traditionalguy said...

36% and humble too.

ironrailsironweights said...

The sandwich question (on the language test) is heavily weighted -- my city of origin moved all over the place based on how I answered it.

Probably because the sandwich name changes completely from location to location. In Connecticut, where I lived until 1997, "grinder" is the exclusive name. How exclusive? No one ever says "sub," even though that's Subway's term and the company's headquarters is in Connecticut.

Now I live on Long Island, which is so close to Connecticut that you can see it from the Connecticut shoreline,* absolutely no one ever says the G-word. Instead it's "hero," with "sub" used on very rare occasions.

I can't think of any other regional terms that differ so sharply from one location to another. Maybe "soda" vs. "pop," but the pop areas seem to be going over to soda.

[Note] From the dialect quiz there are two other Connecticut vs. Long Island distinctions: tag sale (CT) vs. yard sale (LI), and frontage road (CT, very rarely used) vs. service road (LI).

* = though it certainly isn't fast to travel between Connecticut and Long Island, not to mention the obscene tolls on the Throgs Neck Bridge.

Peter

betamax3000 said...

The Answer Weighs heavily on Where My Personality is at the Time.

surfed said...

99.9% All killer, no filler.

Big Mike said...

Stay on my good side and I will make you money.

@DBQ, I though you weren't accepting new clients?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Nope. Not a stockbroker anymore. Just a joke.

Completely retired except for health insurance, annuities, life insurance and financial planning. I still hold a series 65. The health insurance is on hold for me until we figure out what the rules are, since those seem to change daily.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

How much of a sex addict are you?

How much of a sex addict are you not?

Let us laugh at those whom laugh at the shiny nickel.

Ha ha ha.
Ha,
.

Bob K said...

I took it twice. First time through I selected extreme disagree for every question. Scored 0.

Second time through I selected extreme agree. Scored 100.

Wouldn't be surprised to find doing the same for the in between selections would return scores of 25, 75.

Total BS quiz.

mtrobertsattorney said...

I guess psychopaths don't like country music.

Alex said...

Real psychopaths listen to prog rock. I mean have you seen the album cover of King Crimson's debut?

Freeman Hunt said...

Don't most people shift into an oddly calm and decisive mental mode when confronted with disaster? Why would that be psychopathic?

According to this quiz, that's the psychopathic part of me. (And perhaps most people.)

Alex said...

Freeman - by that definition those firefighters and policemen who went into calm mode during 9/11/01 are psychopaths...

David said...

35:

"You are warm and empathic with a heightened awareness of social responsibility and a strong sense of conscience. You like to carefully weigh up the pros and cons of a situation before you act and are generally averse to taking risks. You are very much a ‘people person’ and dislike conflict. ‘Do unto others…’ are your watchwords. But, although you avoid hurting others, those residing at the higher end of the psychopathic spectrum might not be as considerate, so stay vigilant to avoid being hurt unnecessarily."

Too late for vigilance. And I don't dislike conflict.

David said...

Freeman Hunt said...
"Don't most people shift into an oddly calm and decisive mental mode when confronted with disaster?"

I don't think so. They ones that have a decent outcome do, and they are the ones who get to tell about it.

David said...

"Lying might have skewed my score."

Or it confirms your score.

Michael Deloatch said...

Wow, I scored 24% psycho.
I blame my paternal grandmother, it's her portion of my genome! I always knew there was a reason she was so mean :)

betamax3000 said...

Those Who Whisper in the Walls Scored a 12. They Truly are benevolent if One Chooses to Listen to Them. The Voices in the Walls, Though: They are Another Matter.

betamax3000 said...

The Voices in the Walls Say That the Internet is a Cold, Dry Place. Full of Ghosts, Car Wrecks, Comments That Drift, Flitter, Expose Weakness. The Wires Carry the Words: The Wires Go Through the Walls. They Hear it All, and Do Not Forget.

FleetUSA said...

21% not a raging terror the libs think I am

Robert Cook said...

15% for me.

Robert Cook said...

"My neighbors think I'm a psychopath for trapping and 'relocating' their pet cats."

Assuming you're not joking, you may be.

What is it you do? What us this "trapping" and "relocating," and why do you do it?

Robert Cook said...

"I don't even understand what this one is supposed to mean:

"'If I got a better offer, I wouldn’t mind cancelling long-standing plans.'"


It has to do with your willingness to abandon commitments (to others, to responsibilities) to suit your own impulsive wants. It's s measure of your selfishness.