I saw a very interesting programme on Saturday night. I had thought it was just one of those Channel 4 “top 10” programmes about psychopaths in films but it turned out to be a documentary about real-life psychopaths too and it was fascinating.
You don’t have to be a killer to be a psychopath. They are everywhere. 😯 The most successful bankers, lawyers, salespeople, media people and surgeons are likely to be high on the psychopathic spectrum. The difference between them and psychopaths who kill seems to be that the killers had a trauma of some kind happen to them when they were young.
The programme said the traits of psychopaths are as follows:
1. They have a lack of remorse.
2. Nothing is ever their fault.
3. They have a capacity for charm which is switched on and off.
4. They are self-focused.
5. They are game players – they play tricks and they lie.
I know at least 3 people who would be high on the psychopathic spectrum. There is a test you can take on the Channel 4 website to see if you are high or low on the scale. The average psychopathic score is 51% for men and 39% for women. I took this test and only got 18%. While this would appear to be a good thing, it could also indicate that I would be unlikely to be successful in an industry where you might need to be dominant and ruthless to get ahead but, seeing as I wouldn’t want to be in that sort of industry anyway, that suits me fine. 😀
One of the top 10 psychopaths from movies was James Bond.
Why don’t you take the test too and see how psychopathic you are? 😈