Psychopath Checklist

Tool created by Sam Soh (

Designed by Robert Hare, this assessment tool can assess the presence of psychopathy in individuals.

1. Glib and superficial charm:

You often have an astoundingly large vocabulary. Many of you talk very fast, and others won’t always be able to keep up with your ideas. You are charming, smile a lot, hand out compliments, and make yourself almost ridiculously popular by flattering those you meet. Despite the fact that what you say is often completely illogical and incoherent, you make others believe it is true.

2. Grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self:

You think you are better than everyone. You believe you are worth more, deserve greater success in life, than anybody else. Many of you are classic narcissists—that is, you only love yourself. You can boast about real or imagined successes just as easily as ordering a cup of coffee. You also believe you are above all laws—except your own.

3. Lack of remorse or guilt:

You are basically unable to feel remorse. You can pretend to be remorseful when it suits you, but it is never reflected in your actions. It doesn’t bother you if you hurt other people. It doesn’t matter if it’s your worst enemy or your own children. Only you yourself matter.

4. Callousness and lack of empathy:

You know that others feel something, but aren’t interested in what it is. You can see a seriously injured person and think, “Oh, how interesting.” But it doesn’t move you, and most of you prefer it like that. You pride yourself on being unaffected by the “personality disorder” of empathy, because it’s so much simpler to mistreat or deceive.

5. Pathological lying:

Lying is like breathing for you. It doesn’t require any effort at all. You are not embarrassed in the slightest by being caught lying. You can change track before others can bat an eyelid, and will claim that you never said that. It was just a misunderstanding. You will even lie when there is no reason to do so, simply because it is entertaining to deceive others.

6. Cunning and manipulativeness:

You "read" other people's weaknesses with alarming ease. And you turn those weaknesses against them for the purpose of deceiving and cheating them. Walking over people is in your nature. You are completely indifferent to the feelings of others, which makes you a skilled manipulator. Since you are not worried about being discovered, you take enormous risks and behave so boldly that it's hard for others to believe that they are being deceived.

7. Shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness):

Your emotions aren’t really there. No fear, no horror, no worry, no remorse—nothing. Your emotional poverty is total. This isn’t something for others to pity you for, because you are often extremely pleased to avoid feeling when you scheme and deceive. But it’s notable that you can very readily pretend to have these emotions.

8. Impulsivity:

You live in the present. No planning for the future. If you suddenly have the impulse to eat, you eat. You don’t spend any time weighing advantages against disadvantages. The idea of analyzing consequences doesn’t exist for you, which makes you vulnerable. A normal person would likely understand what happens if you beat up somebody on the street, but you don’t think like that. And those among you with the worst impulse control are indeed locked up in jail.

9. Poor behavioral controls:

You subject those around you to dreadful abuses, yet you are very easily offended. The slightest mistake or rash comment can result in a violent attack of fury if you consider it a provocation. When violent, you attack physically; otherwise, a verbal assault may come down on the person who happened to speak at the wrong time. The strange thing is that your anger disappears immediately afterward, as if there was an on–off switch.

10. Need for stimulation:

You need your dopamine kicks. Excitement and arousal are essential for you. If you can't do crazy things yourself, you try to get others to do them. When others get nervous at the sight of a police car and immediately check the speedometer, you often start revving the engine, all for the sake of excitement.

11. Irresponsibility:

You never take responsibility for anything. Resolving debts, paying child support, protecting yourself when having casual sex—you stand above all that. You don't care, and often get away with it because the world is full of other people who do care. You don't even take responsibility for your own children, even though you claim to love them. You can easily leave them alone for a very long time without food or water.

12. Early behavior problems:

You exhibit deviant behavior before the age of twelve. This can be anything from cruelty to animals and towards other children to stealing and lying without the slightest concern. Very early sexual experiences also occur, and there are instances where individuals as young as twelve have committed rape.

13. Anti-social behavior as an adult:

You don't care about society's norms. The rules that apply to everyone else don't apply to you. These rules limit your freedom to do whatever you want, so you make up your own rules. It's not uncommon for this to be the reason you might end up behind bars.

14. Parasitic lifestyle:

You believe that your splendid qualities give you the right to live off of others. You never pay the bills if you can get someone else to do it. You often have debts and owe taxes because details like income tax and bill due dates bore you. You never offer to pay at the restaurant (always forgetting your wallet), and you are happy to borrow money from family and friends without ever intending to pay it back. If you are called out, you simply blame someone else.

15. Sexual promiscuity:

You often have numerous short-lived sexual interactions. Your charm attracts many people, so you are never short of a partner. Permanent infidelity keeps things interesting for you, while at the same time, it is exciting for you to deceive your partner. You ponder how much you can get away with.

16. Lack of realistic long-term goals:

Living in the "here and now," you don't see the need for any long-term plan. You don't plan anything; planning is completely contrary to your impulsive preference. Often you become a sort of nomad who changes partners and jobs as the mood strikes. You never look forward or back. Your aim is to live life at the expense of others, and that requires no planning at all.

17. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions:

Whatever you have done, you will never admit it. Even if caught on camera, you will deny it. You always have someone else to blame. Even if you understand you've done something wrong, you'll name a scapegoat. You are even amused by watching someone else take the blame for what you've done.

18. Juvenile delinquency:

It's very common for you to have had problems with the law early in life. Because your psychopathy often begins to show clearly around ten years of age, you can cause quite a lot of trouble when you're young. The fact that fifteen-year-olds commit serious crimes should definitely be regarded as abnormal.

19. Breaking parole:

Ordinary rules don't apply to you. Punishments don't work either. You don't react to ordinary threats of repercussions because you lack the ability to consider the consequences of your actions. This means you will often do whatever you want once you're released.

20. Criminal versatility:

While other criminals specialize in one thing, you are much more versatile. You are curious and try everything, unlike others who might focus on a single type of crime.

Total Score: 0