Post by Joanna on Apr 24, 2017 14:49:40 GMT -5
Are You a Psychopath?
The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) is a diagnostic tool used to rate a person's psychopathic or antisocial tendencies. It was developed in the 1970s by Dr. Robert Hare, a Canadian professor and researcher renowned in criminal psychology who has spent decades studying the concept known as the psychopath and based partly on Hare’s work with prison inmates in Vancouver. Hare is the author of popular science bestseller, Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us and co-author of Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work.
Because psychopaths are often repeat offenders who commit sexual assaults or other violent crimes again and again, the PCL-R is used in the courtroom and institutions as an indicator of the potential risk posed by individuals in psychiatric units or prisoners. The results of the examination have been used as a factor in deciding the length and type prison sentences and treatment subjects should, or should not, receive. It is accepted by many in the field as the best method for determining the presence and extent of psychopathy in a person. A modified youth version is also available for ages 12-18.
The Hare PCL-R contains two parts, a semi-structured interview and a review of the subject’s file records and history. A 20-item symptom rating scale that allows qualified examiners to compare a subject’s degree of psychopathy with that of a prototypical psychopath. Each of the 20 items is given a score of 0, 1 or 2 based on how well it applies to the subject being tested.
Because an individual’s score can have important consequences for his or her future, Hare argues that the test should be considered valid only if administered by a suitably-qualified and experienced clinician under scientifically-controlled and licensed, standardized conditions.
• glib and superficial charm
• grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
• need for stimulation
• pathological lying
• cunning and manipulative
• lack of remorse or guilt
• shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
• callousness and lack of empathy
• parasitic lifestyle
• poor behavioral controls
• sexual promiscuity
• early behavior problems
• lack of realistic long-term goals
• failure to accept responsibility for actions
• many short-term romantic relationships
• juvenile delinquency
• revocation of conditional release
• criminal versatility
(1) A prototypical psychopath would have a maximum score of 40, while someone with absolutely no psychopathic traits or tendencies would score zero.
(2) A score of 30 or above qualifies a person for a diagnosis of psychopathy.
(3) Those who have no criminal background normally score around 5.
(4) Many non-psychopathic criminal offenders score around 22.
Source: The Doc Zone.
Take this mini Psychopath Test and find out if you’re Normal, a Victim or a Psychopath: www.quotev.com/quiz/961137/The-Psychopath-Test