miss_s_b: (Mood: Mad as a flibble)
[personal profile] miss_s_b
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.

About This Blog

Hello! I'm Jennie (known to many as SB, due to my handle, or The Yorksher Gob because of my old blog's name). This blog is my public face; click here for a list of all the other places you can find me on t'interwebs.

Charities I support:

The Survivors' Trust - donate here
DogsTrust - donate here
CAB - donate here


Creative Commons License
Miss SB by Jennie Rigg is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
Based on a work at miss-s-b.dreamwidth.org.

Please note that any and all opinions expressed in this blog are subject to random change at whim my own, and not necessarily representative of my party, or any of the constituent parts thereof (except myself, obviously).

Printed by Dreamwidth Studios, Maryland USA. Promoted by Jennie Rigg, of Brighouse, West Yorkshire.

Most Popular Tags