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May 25, 2011 / Nic

The Bob Hare Psychopath Test

So here’s how the Bob Hare Psychopath Test works. There is a list of 20 traits. For each trait you score the person from 0-2, based on that persons behavior. This is taken from the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders

When properly completed by a qualified professional, the PCL-R provides a total score that indicates how closely the test subject matches the “perfect” score that a classic or prototypical psychopath would rate. Each of the twenty items is given a score of 0, 1, or 2 based on how well it applies to the subject being tested. A prototypical psychopath would receive a maximum score of 40, while someone with absolutely no psychopathic traits or tendencies would receive a score of zero. A score of 30 or above qualifies a person for a diagnosis of psychopathy. People with no criminal backgrounds normally score around 5. Many non-psychopathic criminal offenders score around 22.

Twenty traits assessed by the PCL-R score are:

Factor 1: Personality “Aggressive narcissism”

  • Glibness/superficial charm
  • Grandiose sense of self-worth
  • Pathological lying
  • Cunning/manipulative
  • Lack of remorse or guilt
  • Shallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric)
  • Callous/lack of empathy
  • Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

Factor 2: Case history “Socially deviant lifestyle”.

  • Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
  • Parasitic lifestyle
  • Poor behavioral control
  • Lack of realistic long-term goals
  • Impulsivity
  • Irresponsibility
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Early behavior problems
  • Revocation of conditional release

Traits not correlated with either factor

  • Promiscuous sexual behavior
  • Many short-term marital relationships
  • Criminal versatility

So you just go through each item and score the person and then add the score up. If it’s over 30 they are psychopathic.

So there you have it. Now your dangerously equipped to evaluate your friends & family and really do some damage in your personal life by diagnosing everyone you know.

11 Comments

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  1. tmscott / May 25 2011 5:29 pm

    HOLE-Lee Sh*tballs! (You know what I mean by that!)

  2. Nic / May 25 2011 5:37 pm

    Yes I do.

    I know a few a psychopaths.

    For fun I took the test and scored myself a 4

  3. aiketgate / Sep 19 2011 2:54 pm

    Oh, that could be handy. I came across a textbook entitled “Conducting Psychiatric Studies” at a thrift store the other day. I refrained from purchasing it, but only just. ;)

  4. aiketgate / Sep 19 2011 2:55 pm

    I think we should conduct this test on politicians before they can enter office… mwaha.

  5. Anonymous / Jan 10 2012 8:00 am

    wow really ??????????????
    just for fun I took the test and scored a 29 !!!!!!!!!!
    gee should I talk to my shirnk more ?

  6. terraneo / Mar 18 2012 12:06 am

    I got 19 ,,,,,,,,,,,but maybe Im a pathological liar …………. :)

    I think anyone scoring 0 on this test should be equally worrying for society

  7. PN / Apr 18 2012 7:40 am

    I am sorry to say this, but you can not test yourself for this test. Because we all have some of these psychopathic elements: coping strategies. And if a person, who would score high, is testing him or her self, that person will not feel him or her self “that bad”, because of the grandiose sense of self-worth, the pathological lying and cunning for a start.
    Regards
    Psychiatric nurse

  8. Mr Q / Jul 8 2012 2:48 am

    33… lol.

  9. Ethan / Aug 15 2012 1:56 am

    12. I’m guessing that just makes me a garden-variety underachieving asshole.

  10. faunawolf / Aug 31 2012 7:02 am

    *laughs* Love your final comment! Oh yes, the interweb and it’s fast spread of misinformation. Thanks for the summary though. Great clarification.

  11. CPE / Oct 12 2012 4:46 pm

    Shit Man.If i had taken the test 30yrs ago then i most certainly would be regarded as psychopathic.Today (aged 50) the score is very low.Have i surpressed the feeling that should not exist or have i just grown up?My IQ has escalated in the past 20yrs,i love to learn,is this a distraction from the earlier behaviour?It has been a great conflict mentally for me to turn my back on what i know to be wrong.Also i have a 27yr oid daughter who has sidetracked my attention,has she had an influence?Stili,it would be easy to go back to the old ways,i have to work hard at being exceptable and thats worrying too.But i’m pretty sure i have no false facade,but i would say that would’nt i?

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