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So channel 4 did Psychopath Night, and put up a test on their website so you can see how many psychopathic traits you have. You can take the test here. The only reason I know about this is because I was chatting to someone last night who expressed surprise at getting 63% on it, and was mildly offended when I said I wasn't at all surprised.

I then had to elucidate further: I lived with a psychologist for ten years. I got tested a LOT. I know the signs and symptoms of a LOT of psychological problems. I know I have some interesting quirks. I also know I'm not a psychopath, although I bet I would score higher on an online test than the person I was talking to.

I took the test today. I got 85% on it. I was unsurprised, and not a little amused.

The problems with web-based agree/disagree tests are manifold and well known, but with this particular one, I think that my aspie traits combined with non-tradtional attitudes to a number of things, addiction to thrill-seeking, and my tendency to tick agree/disagree strongly rather than moderately would ring the alarm bells. But of course the defining trait of a psychopath is their inability to feel/express emotion. Anyone who has ever met me for more than ten seconds, or indeed read a few posts on this blog, knows that is NOT a trait of mine.

Psychopaths don't have panic attacks, don't self harm, don't wake up screaming in the night from post traumatic nightmares. I do. Plus, pychopaths are not necessarily bad people anyway. So I guess this blog post is meant as reassurance: if you take that test and score highly, don't fret.



ETA: Also:

On Being A Psychopath

Date: Monday, December 9th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
'Psychopaths don't have panic attacks, don't self harm, don't wake up screaming in the night from post traumatic nightmares. I do.'

So do I, so I'm somewhat reassured and not inconsiderably puzzled that I only scored 45%. Perhaps I'm just an underachiever?

Date: Monday, December 9th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
hellokitsune: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hellokitsune
Yeah, the bullshit was strong with this one and some of the choices were laughably obvious (eg. using "puppy" instead of "dog" vs a piranha). I only got 18% but given my resident brain squirrels, that's hardly a shock. What is surprising is me not using this as an excuse to wedge a Sherlock quote about being a high-functioning sociopath.

Date: Monday, December 9th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
hellokitsune: (Mulder)
From: [personal profile] hellokitsune
I feel terrible for laughing at that.

Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 12:22 pm (UTC)
haggis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] haggis
There was an online test years ago that claimed to diagnose a whole range of psychiatric problems. You only had a choice of True or False and one of the questions was "Do you tend to see things in black and white?" I still have no idea how to answer that one.

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