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    Default Are you or someone you know a psychopath?

    From CNN:

    "You may not know for sure until you listen to this week’s CNN Profile of Oxford University research psychologist Kevin Dutton.

    Dutton is author of the new book “The Wisdom of Psychopaths.”

    As he explains in this interview, not all psychopaths are violent. In fact, there are many highly functioning psychopaths. One may even be your boss. And you can’t judge if a person is a psychopath by simply looking at him, or even from a brief conversation.

    Dutton maintains that many people have great success in highly skilled fields not in spite of but BECAUSE of certain psychopathic traits, including a British neurosurgeon he interviewed.

    Dutton may have been destined to study psychopaths. His father was one. Not a violent psychopath. A charming one, as so many are. Wait until you hear Dutton describe how his father once conned a restaurant full of patrons."

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    I tried taking the short test, but it crashed on me. I hope that's not any indicator of the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAVO View Post
    From CNN:

    "You may not know for sure until you listen to this week’s CNN Profile of Oxford University research psychologist Kevin Dutton.

    Dutton is author of the new book “The Wisdom of Psychopaths.”

    As he explains in this interview, not all psychopaths are violent. In fact, there are many highly functioning psychopaths. One may even be your boss. And you can’t judge if a person is a psychopath by simply looking at him, or even from a brief conversation.

    Dutton maintains that many people have great success in highly skilled fields not in spite of but BECAUSE of certain psychopathic traits, including a British neurosurgeon he interviewed.

    Dutton may have been destined to study psychopaths. His father was one. Not a violent psychopath. A charming one, as so many are. Wait until you hear Dutton describe how his father once conned a restaurant full of patrons."

    http://cnnradio.cnn.com/2012/11/09/c...r/?hpt=hp_abar

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    I tried taking the short test, but it crashed on me. I hope that's not any indicator of the results.
    Looks like sensationalist pop psychology.

    There was a Horizon documentary on the BBC about this that was very interesting which explained that normal people can have the same genetic predisposition as psychopaths. But unless this is triggered by their environment during upbringing then they will NOT BECOME A PSYCHOPATH which is a term defined by ACTIONS not by a personality test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAVO View Post
    From CNN:

    "You may not know for sure until you listen to this week’s CNN Profile of Oxford University research psychologist Kevin Dutton.

    Dutton is author of the new book “The Wisdom of Psychopaths.”

    As he explains in this interview, not all psychopaths are violent. In fact, there are many highly functioning psychopaths. One may even be your boss. And you can’t judge if a person is a psychopath by simply looking at him, or even from a brief conversation.

    Dutton maintains that many people have great success in highly skilled fields not in spite of but BECAUSE of certain psychopathic traits, including a British neurosurgeon he interviewed.

    Dutton may have been destined to study psychopaths. His father was one. Not a violent psychopath. A charming one, as so many are. Wait until you hear Dutton describe how his father once conned a restaurant full of patrons."

    http://cnnradio.cnn.com/2012/11/09/c...r/?hpt=hp_abar

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    I tried taking the short test, but it crashed on me. I hope that's not any indicator of the results.
    Looks like sensationalist pop psychology.

    There was a Horizon documentary on the BBC about this that was very interesting which explained that normal people can have the same genetic predisposition as psychopaths. But unless this is triggered by their environment during upbringing then they will NOT BECOME A PSYCHOPATH which is a term defined by ACTIONS not by a personality test.

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    I'm getting a 403 forbidden error on the tests.

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    You have convinced me so at 2.40pm today I am going to see the movie, "Seven Psychopaths", and if I don't like it, I will blame you.

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    Links to test are not working... From the linked story:

    "Update: An earlier version of this story provided links to questionnaire's from the author you could take online to measure yourself. The links are currently not working and will be replaced once the author's site is operational again. "

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    Scientific American Mind posted a book review on this last month. I found it a rather disturbing choice to use “Wisdom’ in the title. It’s a far cry between the kind of ‘intelligence’ being described and ‘wisdom’. It would have been far more apropos to title it “The Advantage of Psychopaths”. There was something about the language in the whole piece (most of which was directly from the book) that made my skin crawl.

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    I've certainly met/known people who had many of the traits associated with psychopaths. I'd hesitate to say any of them WERE psychopaths.

    I think the conclusion I've reached over this is that, if someone ticks a lot of the boxes on the list or you're thinking "I get a psychopath vibe from them" (! not sure that's happened to me), you should probably keep your distance anyway, and not worry so much about the exact diagnosis...it at least means that you're probably better off not being around them.

    (If it turns out you work with them or are married to them, though, that's another and bigger problem.)
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    I read that Scientific American article.

    It also suggested Romney and other political or business leaders are psychopaths.

    How otherwise could they lie without the slightest tick?

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