Normal Behaviors That Might Mean You Are A Psychopath

September 26, 2019

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We all act crazy from time to time but there are six pretty normal common characteristics that might mean you are a psychopath, at least in the clinical sense. If you studied business in school, you could be a psycho! A 2017 Danish study that analyzed how personality traits correlate with choice of undergraduate majors found that students who scored higher on measures of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy (Dark Triad) were more likely to study economics or business than law or psychology. However going into the business world may not make people unscrupulous as much as unscrupulous people tend to go into business. Another characteristic of a psychopath is to not catch yawns from other people. Ever watch someone yawn only to find yourself copying the move? One of the theories for contagious yawning is that it's an empathy response, one found in multiple animal species. Psychopaths, however, don't catch yawns, according to a 2015 study of 135 university students in Texas. The students who scored higher on measures of psychopathy didn't yawn as much in response to watching videos of other people yawning, the researchers found. If you're impervious to the sight of yawns, you might have an empathy problem. Night owls tend to foster psychopaths. Although our circadian rhythm is genetic to some extent, people with antisocial tendencies may be more likely to stay up late. A small 2013 study found that people on a night owl schedule exhibited greater Dark Triad traits than early risers. Seems like a useful adaptation to have if you're predisposed to doing bad deeds under the cover of darkness. Plenty of die-hard music fans believe that their tastes speak to their soul, but in the case of psychopaths, personality might be influencing what's on your playlist. According to a preliminary study from New York University, people with higher degrees of psychopathy tend to prefer "No Diggity" and "Lose Yourself" over songs like "My Sharona." The results weren't exactly rock-hard evidence, but the findings were significant enough that the researchers are launching a larger investigation into links between musical tastes and psychopathic traits. Being creative is a sign too. In 2016, researchers found that certain traits associated with psychopathy—especially boldness—were linked with scores on a divergent thinking test, a common psychological method for measuring creativity. Being a risk taker can help you think more creatively. Finally if you ate still friends with your exes. Psychopaths are known for cold calculation and manipulation, and that trait may lead them to keep their exes around long after the relationship ends. A study found that in a sample of more than 800 people, people with psychopathic traits tended to keep exes in their lives for pragmatic, transactional reasons, like wanting the ability to hook up with them again later or knowing they had money.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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