Having some of these qualities does not automatically mean you’re a psychopath.


The quiz at the end of this page was designed to give a rough answer to the questions “Am I a Psychopath? Whether or not you could be diagnosed is up to a certified mental health professional to decide. This is not a tool designed to diagnose yourself, please remember that!

 

  • The prototypical psychopath is superficial in contact with others. Psychopaths often tell strong stories, and try to pretend to be better than they are, often coming across as charming.
  • They are braggarts who are far too positive about their talents and skills.
  • Psychopaths are notorious liars who usually don’t mind being caught in a lie. They have an excuse or reason for everything and sometimes want to ‘promise’ something on their word of honour, even though the word of honour hardly ever turns out to be worth anything.
  • The prototypical psychopath manipulates and deceives others, and pays no attention to what that means for them.
  • They often display criminal behaviour in the form of, for example, fraud and embezzlement, and non-criminal behaviour in the form of adultery and tapping into family members’ money.
  • Psychopaths have no feelings of guilt or regret about the things they do to others. They can say that the victim deserved it or that the victim was not really hurt in any special way.
  • Psychopaths strike others as cold and insensitive. Their ’emotions’ often appear as dramatic, ephemeral and unreal.
  • In all their behaviors and opinions, psychopaths show little respect for the rights, feelings and well-being of others.
  • They regard other people as potential victims who can be manipulated and consider themselves to be the most important person there is.
  • They are unable or unwilling to take responsibility for their own behaviour. It is always others who are to blame, otherwise there is an alternative excuse to be found.

 

Read more about psychopathy here.

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Good luck!

  • Question of

    I would break any law if it would benefit me and if I wouldn’t get caught.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I am a very smooth talker and can talk myself out of almost any situation.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    People tell me I am very charming, and I agree.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I have a highly bloated self-esteem.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I tell lies if it benefits me or the situation I am in. Lying might be wrong, but I just don’t care.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I lack emotional depth. Towards others I pretend that I do so they think I am an ordinary person.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I manipulate people without feeling an ounce of guilt.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I am the most important person. The feelings, rights and well-being of others doesn’t concern me.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I haven’t experienced what it’s like to feel guilty about hurting someone.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I am a great deceiver and know how to make people think of me as a sympathetic person.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I never take responsibility for my behaviour.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I get bored really easily.

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I am constantly hungry for fresh sources of stimulation.

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I don’t really care about school, work or any of that at all.

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I recklessly experiment with drugs.

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I choose to tar on the money of the people around me (friends, family partner) and I see a steady job as tedious and boring.

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I can’t control myself well. Failure, criticism and frustration I fight with violence and threats.

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I live day to day. I don’t care about the future and I don’t care that my life is devoid of meaning.

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I am very impulsive and rarely factor in the pros and cons of my behaviour.

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I have no feeling of responsibility (e.g I am in debt, I don’t care about mainting relationships etc)

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I can care and respect others/animals (to an extent), but I can never truly ‘love’ them or put their needs above mine.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I’ve been arrested and convicted when I was a teenager.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    I had behavioral problems when I was a child.

    • Yes.
    • No.
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    If you have ever been detained before, you have made attempts to escape, you didn’t return from weekend leave or you commited offences during parole etc.

    • Yes.
    • No.
  • Question of

    I can care/respect someone or animals, but I won’t ever put them or their needs above me.

    • Yes.
    • No.