Are you a
Sorry for being so direct, but it’s the question at the heart of a new test concocted by Oxford’s Professor Kevin Dutton for Britain’s Channel Four network. With just a handful of questions that anyone can easily answer in 5 minutes, the online quiz claims to be able to determine how close you are to meeting the definition of a psychopath–that is, a person who “….display[s] anti-social behaviour, lack of empathy and remorse, and fearless dominance.”
I scored a 12%, which the test tells me indicates I’m chockfull of empathy, but also at risk of being exploited by those who score much higher on the test–which based on my Twitter friends is pretty much everyone.
While the legitimacy of such tests are always suspect, taking them does help to generate conversation and reflect on how we treat other people and exist in this world. If you’re not comfortable sharing your score, feel free to talk about how accurate you think the test is and whether the results accurate reflect who you are or if you were surprised by them.