Psychopathy Checklist


From The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson.

1 in 25 is a sociopath.

      The Custodian.  The Librarian. Your Office Manager. 





In 1975, the top people in the world, who might have something to say about psychopaths, were invited to a ski resort   called Les Arcs. The purpose was for the experts to pool their observations on the minutiae of psychopaths’ behavior, the verbal and the nonverbal tics. Were there patterns? Did they involuntarily use giveaway turns of phrase? Their conclusions became the basis for the now famous twenty-point Hare PCL-R Checklist. (Also know as the psychopath test.)

Which was this:

Item 1: Glibness / Superficial.

Item 2: Grandiose sense of self worth.

Item 3: Need for stimulation / proneness to boredom.

Item 4: Pathological lying.

Item 5: Conning / manipulative.

Item 6: Lack of remorse or guilt.

Item 7: Shallow affect.

Item 8: Callous / lack of empathy.                                    

Item 9: Parasitic lifestyle.

Item 10: Poor behavior controls.

Item 11: Promiscuous sexual behavior.

Item 12: Early behavior problems.

Item 13: Lack of realistic long-term goals.

Item 14: Impulsive.

Item 15: Irresponsibility.

Item 16: Failure to accept responsibility for own actions.

Item 17: Many short-term marital relationships.

Item 18: Juvenile delinquency.

Item 19: Revocation of conditional release.

Item 20: Criminal versatility.



The Psychopathy Checklist is a complex clinical tool for professional use only. Do not attempt to use this on yourself or someone you know. A diagnosis requires explicit training and access to the formal scoring manual. People who are not psychopaths may have some of the symptoms described here. Many people are impulsive or glib, or cold and unfeeling, or antisocial, but this does not mean that they are psychopaths. –Robert Hare, Without Conscience

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  1. ana says:

    This is really interesting. I’d love to read the details on these criteria. What are the details? Can you provide some exmaples in future posts? That would be way cool, Robbi.

  2. ana says:

    This blog is great looking, by the way.

  3. Susan says:


    After reading the list, ~ Clearing throat ~ …nevermind… LOL

    Wow, good job Robbi. Excellent! I can tell how much time, effort and research you’ve put into this. Looking forward to more. :)

  4. Minnie says:

    Love this site! Don’t know why I do this, but I always take these psychological tests to see where my head is at. Today I learned that I have a healthy mind and that I am exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive, a natural leader; quick to make decisions and willing to do anything once.

    I stopped after the second test…..

    Brava Robbi! I can’t wait to see what you will do with your serial killer!!

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