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Am I A Psycho? Are You? Take the Quiz

Updated on July 31, 2012
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Psycopaths are goal oriented!
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What is a psychopath?

Psychopath is a word that is so over used that it has lost it's true meaning. We toss the word around so casually that it has lost it's effectiveness. If I say, "she is such a psycho!" No one would stop and actually consider the clinical meaning. It's as good as saying, "she's crazy," and what does that really mean?

Psychopaths have no feelings. If you show a psychopath a photograph of a dead person and a slice of bread it would conjure up the same emotion - none. A psychopath does experience joy - at manipulating others. They get a thrill by being able to feel as if they have 'conned' another person. Power and control over others is what they strive for. Lying is not a problem. Some psychopaths will even admit they are great liars!

Psycopaths have been found to have lower emotional needs and intelligence. They can't empathize with human emotions. This transfers in their relationships with others and their job function. Psycopaths often have a history of having issues in the work place and can't hold a job down without problems for a long period of time.

Psychopaths do not usually get degrees in college. They lie about them.

It is estimated that approximately an average of 1% of the population are psychopaths. Many psychopaths are not criminals or murderers. They may be social predators with a goal.

Psychopaths are very lucid - they do not lose touch with reality or hallucinate. They do appear to be quite sane beneath their expensive clothing and sparkly jewelry, so decadent. Psycopaths work to convince you they are indeed sane - just like you. Except they aren't.

Are you special?

Some estimates approximate every 1 in 100 people are psychopaths.
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Notable Psychopaths

  • Theodore Robert Bundy (Ted)
  • John Wayne Gacy
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Aileen Wuornos
  • Dennis Rader (BTK)

John Wayne Gacy

Rubbing elbows with the big wigs!
Rubbing elbows with the big wigs! | Source

LInguistics & the Psychopath

Recent research has shown that psychopaths often use a linguistic pattern. It is in that unconscious part of our brains that we can not control as easily. Researchers studied criminals and found that they would describe their crimes in past tense. That indicates psychological detachment. They speak in the past tense more than in the present tense.

Cornell University researchers studied prisoners that were divided into two groups. Murderers that were certified psycopaths and non-psycopathic killers. They discussed their crimes and what was going on during the murder. The psycopaths tended to talk more about what they ate and drank on the day of the murder. They talked about food a lot. Non-psychopathic murderers tended to talk about family, religion and spirituality.

They use more words that are called "dysfluencies," such as "uhs," or "ummm's". These words are fillers that interrupt the flow of speech. They may indicate the person is having to concentrate on what they are saying. They have to think more - they have a story to make up as they go along.

Psychopaths use cause and effect words more frequently. Words such as "since"...."so"..."because". This may indicate they are trying to equate logic into a crime. Most psycopathic criminals see their crimes as something they were forced to do. If someone was going to expose them - well they had to silence them, didn't they?

Psychopaths, interesting and ironically, use less emotive words, such as "love" and "hate."

Psychopaths are notably charming and suave. They know how to size up their companions and give them what they need verbally. Attention, adoration - they manipulate and eat their victims emotionally. Could their bewitching language - so cunning and charming - be their ultimate downfall?

Scientists hope so.

Programs are being developed to scan Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist and other social media sites to scan the text for potential psychopaths. Crawling for psychos.

Just A Little Crazy?

Careful what you tweet!

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TweetPsyche

TweetPsyche is a new program available if you are interested in having your twitter account analyzed. By simply typing in @realhousewifesl (only use your own twitter account name) you can have a free personality analysis based on the language you use in your tweets.

This isn't foolproof though. For instance, I ran my own TweetPsyche report and it indicates that I tweet more about S-E-X, Money and Leisure. Since I am a writer - I assume that means I am right on track! Sex sells and money is in the pot under the rainbow. When you find it - you spend it on vacations!

Would I want a prospective employer to run my report and analyze my personality based on the tweet messages I send out that are vulgar and outrageous? I didn't know I was trying out for a career? Will that make me change what I tweet out? No, but psycopaths probably will.

Soon, every potential employer will be able to analyze your behavior prior to hiring you. Just pop in your twitter and Facebook name and they will know exactly what kind of person you are based on those little unconscious words that tell your real story. Good luck with that!

Keep It Real!

Quotes of a Psycopath

"I have several children that I am turning into killers. Wait until they grow up." ~David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    The studies they have done are fascinating! I would suspect there are more psychopaths out there than we really want to know about.

    Locking the doors after reading this. Great hub Kelly!

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    Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Kelly,

    This is such an informative hub on pyschopaths. I definitely learned quite a few things here. Very detailed article, thanks for sharing Kelly!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    wow this is scary.. so glad I got to read this,, makes you wonder who you meet might really be? wow.. I am sharing

    Debbie..

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    Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Wow, this is interesting! I recognized a lot of people I've known over the years. Okay, so sociopaths don't have a conscience, but I don't think I know the difference between them and psychopaths. Would love another hub to compare! :-) Love this hub. Going to go tweet myself now!

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    Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Okay, so I way high on money and then emotions, which makes total sense since (I don't think I've ever used those words in a row before--interesting) I write a lot about saving money and also a lot of poetry for the emotional part. Cool link, RealH!

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    With as many times as you mentioned psychpaths in this Hub, you may never get a job again! lol Just stay away from future employers using that type of testing!

    Very Interesting and Extremely Well Presented!

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    nmdonders 4 years ago

    Interesting info. I'm not psychotic. Yay!

    I'm not sure I like the idea of "Programs are being developed to scan Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist and other social media sites to scan the text for potential psychopaths. Crawling for psychos." - What is the plan after such information is found? I'm not even sure if the data would be that accurate because there are so many factors.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    It's true Bill - there probably are but they are getting easier to spot! Now researchers can just look at their texts, listen to those speech patterns and it's those little words that say so much!

    Thank you and don't be scared - Bev will save ya! lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Josh - so are ya? LOL I learned a lot doing the research myself! I thought it was fascinating how those little words (not nouns and verbs) but uses like tenses and filler words are something to listen for!

    Thanks so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Debbie - yeah it's crazy isn't it? lol Pun intended:)

    It does make me wonder about a lot of stuff and now I know I will be keeping my ears perked for the "since" and "uhh's" and dysfluencies that give that stuff away. Of course everyone uses them but I think if you are suspicious and you look at everything together - those could be clues!

    Thank you so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Good point Vicki - there are differences between sociopaths and psychopaths - but even the psyciatic community will argue this. Right now - they are changing some things because Anti-Social behavior was overlapping into Psycopathic stuff - things are getting confused and the way they worded things is confusing.

    Some doctors will tell you there IS no difference between a sociopath and a psychopath. I saw plenty of people that claim that but I don't believe it. I do think there is a distinction to be made and psycopaths seem to be more violent. In fact they are overrepresented in prisons with about 25% of the population being psycopathic! So I am sorry I don't have a better answer but hopefully they will make more clear and agreeble distinctions in Psychiatry so we will know!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Yeah! Vicki I think our reports are way scewed. We use social media in our work and tweet out a wide variety of things. Mine said "sex" first and that is interesting. I do write about relationship stuff a lot so that makes sense to me to. Now, I am sure my mom would NOT be proud to see my Tweet report!!! hahahaha

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey rcrumple! That is so funny - I thought that too! And then I decided it is good thing I work freelance! haha

    Thank you so much for the compliments!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    nmdonders - I know. I see what you mean about the validity of these programs. I do believe one thing that spurred this type of tool is the Craigslist murderer. So the hope is that they can scan sites to prevent crime - catch a killer or track psychopaths.

    I am positive that this program alone won't define a personality for real...to make a true diagnoses - they always interview the subject. Body language is a huge part of this too - they say psychopaths use lots of verbal cues and body language. So much so that it is draining emotionally for the interviewer! They speculate that psychos use a lot of body language because it confuses things...it is harder to concentrate on what they are saying and the true meaning. So they move a lot and this is part of an unconscious way of hiding behind their sanity mask.

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    Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

    I have already analyzed Twitter...not my cup of tea. Everyone talking...no one listening and it all done in 140 characters...a total waste of my time. When I first started reading this piece I thought you were describing someone in high elective office....glad you cleared that up! LOL! Good stuff, Kelly! WB

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Cowboy! Ha! You know they say many political leader ARE psychopaths! Bet you knew that already:) Also CEO's and they say Business leaders - 25% - psychopaths!

    So I hope I didn't let you down Wayne - those politicians are some slikery devils! Decadent even! haha Thank you so much!

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    Dr Pooja 4 years ago

    Scared ! In depth analysis of psychopaths

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Dr. Pooja - just watch out for the little words! lol Apparently there are major give aways but most of the time we aren't listening:)

    Thanks so much!

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    Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Interesting and very scary to think there is more psychopaths wandering amongst the general population than I like to think about thanks for sharing this rather eye opening hub. take care. Voting up!

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    "what a strange new world we live in..." Thank you for this.

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    Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

    Very Interesting and Useful!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Lovelovemeloveme 4 years ago from Cindee's Land

    Lol good hub! Side note: I heard study shows killers are much more prone to target women with pony tails. Random thought that just popped up when I was reading this. Interesting hey?

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Pamela - anne - strange isn't it? To think so many people are fakin' it! LOL They say that it's just a fact...most of them aren't killers - they just don't care about anything. I read one guy's blog - he claimed to be a certified Psycopath - he was very interesting. He said, "guilty is something that you ARE not something that you FEEL." So pretty black and white - you did it or you didn't. Feelings don't count.

    I think he may have been a real psychopath too - he included a test and when you got to the end he says "I will post the answer next week." So that was last May and he updated only to say, "I am not feeling like posting the answers, just got out of jail, other stuff to do." or something similar!! haha - Now that says A LOT!

    Thank you so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Strange and very interesting Mhatter99! I just like to read and learn about psycopaths - I don't want to invite them to a party - or maybe that might be one HECK of a fun party! Those guys are good at that! Fun - oh heck yeah! LOL

    Thank you so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Patty - well lets just say - I hope it isn't too useful! LOL

    Thanks so much!

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    Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    There are so many ways to spot a psychopath. It's too bad there are so many of them in the world. Of course most of think of these types of people as *a$$holes*! Which they totally are, of course. As long as you can feel guilt about something you have done, you are safe. It's the emotionless people you have to watch out for.

    P.S. I still feel guilty for something I did in high school. Yay! I'm not a psychopath.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    haha! Good one love:) That is SO hilarious - clever YOU!

    Thanks so much - for a surprise and giggle too!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey you are right Lela - that's a great way for people to gauge themselves. I thought about that too while researching. If I see things on tv - like the news (because that is mostly real stuff:) I can be horrified! If you show me photos of blood or someone in pain - I can't stand it! I had to quit working in the E.R. because that stuff bothered me so much. Now I could pretend in a clinical setting that I wasn't shocked...I was very good at that because I knew my reaction COULD affect the patients or their families. I'd be disgusted and horrified though. All the doctors kept telling me I would get used to it. I was helping some young girl who had HIV...and I remember distinctly feeling bad I could not do more for her (I was registration btw) and I told myself for the 1000th time - my new mantra "I will get used to this" and suddenly I thought - WHY do I want to get USED to this? It's horrible! I don't want to see this as "just another day" when people are dying and in so much pain. I quit. lol I want a happy job and I love those and praise them for being able to do it but I couldn't. Good money though!

    I could have told you you weren't a psycopath! ha! I mean...just let me get you going talking about Blue for one...lol

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    Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    But I do think about food A LOT!

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    Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

    Wow! I'm not on that list Kelly! Wonderful study. Seems that James holmes will have to fry his own french burgers in hell. You did an extensive research and it shows that you care for your readers! Thanks! Love the pics!

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    Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

    Hmmm...I would have been a terrible psychopath. I can't lie. Because I can't lie, I am not a psychopath and so I can justify my crazy aversions to...biting my nails! Ha! Hehe. Fantastic hub...and I'm glad I'm not REALLY a psychopath. :)

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh me too - everyday - someone has to cook around here! lol I love to eat too!

    Tonight is Mexican night - tacos - enchilladas - nachose with hot salsa and salsa verde! Ummmm mmm!!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Lord! You know I do buddy! I am sOOOO paranoid about fact checking and research. In my real business I can get sued for being wrong. Then no one would want to use my service again and I would have to eat my lunch all by myself.

    Thanks so much!!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    That's funny too - my husband tells me I should NEVER lie. He says I am horrible at it and he can tell. Now he knows me really good so I am so hoping that I am not that transparent bc sometimes I do fib. Like if someone says, "hey do you want to help me move this weekend with your Jeep and Dave's truck?" I might lie. I might say uh uh I am busy and then hurry and go make some plans! hahaha So that is why I get nervous - I know it probably totally shows I am just making that up as I go...now I know I will be so paying attention to those little "uhh well uhh this weekend? Oh yeah I have to train the seals at the Zoo or I would!"

    hahaha

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    Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Whoa! This description fits a couple of people I know and even scarier, 2 of them are related to me :) All of your hubs are high on my list. But then...so are you!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    haha! Audrey if we could only choose our family members - I wonder how much that would change this already crazy life! Great comment - gave me a chucke!! Thank you so much and I will do a chant to keep all the psychos away from you:) Then make some lemonade! haha!

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    Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    It's about time you did another rain dance too!

    I am still working on a virus that eliminate stupid people from the gene pool. Stupidity is just so subjective though. And ya gotta admit that sometimes stupid tricks people do are really funny!

    Also eliminating stupid people won't eliminate psychos, dammit.

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    Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

    Kelly, first, your first picture is creepy!! AHHH!! The whole notion of a psychopath is creepy. I cannot imagine not having emotions when seeing an atrocious picture or scene. I have to cover my eyes for movies.

    I have known people who can lie about anything and everything. They are quite charming, too, like they are studying you. Gives me chills.

    Gee, if my employer looked at my Tweet analysis, I'm afraid the only thing it would be based on are the hubs I tweet. Maybe that is a scary thing... LOL Probably not!

    Great, creepy info!! Votes and shares!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Yeah I know so the least I can do is try to make a buck off of them, eh? LOL

    It did finally rain here a little and we needed it. For the first time EVER they had signs lit and flashing around town to conserve water!! It is about time! Everyone here runs their hose like it just won't ever run out. When I read about droughts that are happening a 1000 miles away - makes me think we should smarten up a bit.

    Yeah I know - silly silly people with too much time on their hands!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Ha! Hi Susan - I know can you believe how lucky I was to FIND that photo! He is cute too! LOL (I saw other pix of the guy not looking so scary:)

    Yeah I really think a good gauge is - how do you feel? If you get a knot in your throat when you cry, or if you feel bad for the issues of another person - you are not a psychopath:) It is those people who get confused and think they have emotions but really if they pare it down to the truth - most of their emotions are centered around themselves. Like I know people who I think are psycho and they do appear to have BIG emotions but I notice when they are crying - the bottom line is - it's about them! Something THEY didn't get!

    Psychopaths learn to "pretend" very well. They realize they need to act "normal" so they can fake feelings. Joy, happiness, sorrorw - those are the cunning ones!

    Oh my - like I said - we don't count. I should link my own Tweet Psyche report - so people can see what it looks like - mine just says I tweet most about SEX, MONEY and LEISURE...hm! go figure - the best media topics! haha

    Thanks so much!

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    Passed the quiz, Kelly! Phew! Not a psycho. I do know of one or two who are bordering on it, and they do need professional help. Thanks for a really fascinating read! Am sharing this!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Midget! Well I AM a psycho:) lol. Just kidding but it is interesting isn't it? We are all a little bit of a lotta things all rolled into one. Keeps life fun!

    Thanks so much for the comment and shares!

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    Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I'm not a psycho, I feel guilt all the time even if something isn't my fault :) But it is kinda scary to think about how many psychos there are out there. I read your hub the other day and didn't have time to comment but I came back today as I wanted to watch the Jon Ronson video.

    Great hub.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Susan! It is kinda scary to think about all the psychos out there but most of them are harmless other than causing us personal undue stress:) lol

    I thought the video was really interesting! Thank so much for coming back:)

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    Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Great article Kelly with great research. I found this extremely interesting. There are people in my life that I have felt are psychopaths. What I read here pretty much confirms that I am correct. I had to lol at the linguistics part. Some of the commonly used words really hit home for me. I was like yup, yup, heard that a million times. Nice work!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I think I know a few of these people. It is all pretty sad that people are born or become a victim to this horrid condition. Very interesting hub and voted UP.

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    Simplicity4All 4 years ago from Rhode Island, USA

    this is a very interesting and well put together read, thank you for publishing. now i am going to be on the lookout for people i know who seem to have these tendencies and use a lot of fillers haha. I also started reading that book you have listed for purchase because I now live right next door to a library its pretty good, nice recommendation!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Sharon - you stay away from those psychos ya hear? lol

    I love linguistics - such an interesting science isn't it? I wish I would have taken classes in that in college - it wold have been fun. Oh well - guess I can just write about it and have fun doing the research.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Carol - I bet we all hear a few bells when the hallmark signs are spelled out. There are enough of them in the world for us all to have a "special" friend I guess though! lol

    Thanks so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Simplicity4all - thank you so much! I love reading about stuff like that - not that it's ever been very practical for me but sometimes I do hear those warning bells when the stuttering starts! I also am really interested in body language and I'll catch myself watching a show and seeing someone showing signs they are lying and I will tell my husband "oh - he is scratching his neck a lot!" That's about all I can apply it to so far:) LOL

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    Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

    I believe ... I may be one... but on a positive note... hehe I have a psychopathic tendency to work :)

    Interesting write

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    I too find this kind of "stuff" very interesting. Now, today I will be trying to "analyze everyone I talk to! Oh no! I did carry on about a 30 minute conversation with a serial rapist once. I had to idea! He was very charming and polite, just as you said. This is an excellent hub, I really enjoyed it. Voted up and interesting!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Rahul - oh I'ma psycho - that's the most fun part of life....choosing to just be insane! Baahahhaa

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Amazing isn't it sgbrown - yeah they are super sweet to your face - you just better watch out so they don't eat it off when the lights go out:) hahha just kidding:)

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    Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

    Hi RealHousewife,

    I took the test out of curiosity Lol and I got a five, the test doesn't show how to score, but I know I'm not because I have empathy...I just like excitement.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Blondey - I love excitement....and I think I scored like a 7 on that test! You can't put too much weight into it but it is fun!

    Thanks!

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    Sophie Newsome 4 years ago from New York

    Lol the title of this hub really grabs your attention. Good job.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi SINewsome - thank you so much! That was just what I hoped for! lol

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    Michelle 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

    I love it, going to take the test out of curiosity now!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Michellebell1972 - I hope it turned out ok! lol The quiz is not really telltale of much other than if you think just like most other people:)

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    Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

    Yes, this was def a fun hub, Real Housewife. thank you too!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh seriously, thank you Blondey!

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    Romel Tarroza 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

    This is such a nice information.. Luckily I am not a psycho...

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Well yeah! I'd rather be a live wire than a psycho! Lol

    Thank you:)

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    pulled name 4 years ago from nowhere

    Search youtube for a documentary on "the iceman", and also check out this american life's show "the psychopath test", and it wouldn't hurt to rent out and watch the christian bale (aka batman) movie "american psycho".

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    Rick Grimes 4 years ago

    I find it so funny that CEO's and Lawyers are among the top professions filled by psychopaths! Haha, i think we're all a little psycho though :P

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    Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

    RealHouesewife: Very intriguing article! :) I believe I have met a few true psycho's in my life,but I am able to not let them manipulate me by not playing their game. Thank you for the psycho definition clarification.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Ok Keirnanholland - I am going to do that! Thanks for the bread crumbs - I bet I will be fascinated!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh and politicians too healthyfitness! I find that just funny!! We all fall for it don't we???!!!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi carrie Lee Night - sounds like you are pretty clever and I do hate people that manipulate. It is most often, so obvious, but the good one's can be really had to identify at first. Socio and psychopaths tend to be such charmers - and people fall easy for that! I always say watch out for the people who love ya too much, too fast:) lol

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    pulled name 4 years ago from nowhere

    I have someone on my facebook friends list from school days that I'm pretty sure is a psychopath, but he doesn't appeal to me as being goal oriented, but keep this in mind, his day job is a "hairdresser". Reminds me of a johnny depp movie of recent.

    BTW, I think we have a few psychos in the HP forums, or at least sociopaths. There is one, I'm not naming names, who claims to believe in christ, but who openly discusses sleeping around with people, it's as if the religious convictions are there just to justify ones authority and treatment, but how they treat others doesn't even enter into their logic. That's why I steer-free of the forums..

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    The fundamentals of a psychopath, what makes them a psychopath is that their amygdala doesn't fire, that means they have no emotional response to thoughts. Also psychopaths do have something of an emotion, but its really more of a satisfaction from relieved torment. They may feel tormented by your position, anyone that gets in their way is dead, because they have desires on where they want to go and what they want to do. The psychopaths who kill, often, are ones that have been abused as children, the ones that serve a purpose are those who pursue goals regardless of the complexity of the situation. For instance, you might find a psychopath that is in the role of a police officer, able to step into a heated situation and take a convict out. Though they don't understand emotion, they do understand logic, and they do feel pain. Imagine if you would how a psychopath sees the world, if you don't feel emotion, if you have no empathy, or the inability to identify with others by imagining a violent action as if it was inflicted on oneself.. The brain of a normal person strives to relate everyone through empathy, but the psychopath lacks this and therefore, everyone looks like an alien plant that moves, or like a tree, living but how would you define a tree as cute if you have no adoration for the animate. But a psychopath can see only the importance of the world with respect to them, and how they are able to get by in it. To help them fit in, they must understand the punishment for their actions, just like anyone else.. The difference is they have no conviction, they learn and replicate behaviour patterns merely for survival. It could be that the reason law and politics are so thick in our government, is the need to uphold good with such a dense population of backstabbing psychopaths in places of power.

    BTW, the Iceman that I referenced, he said he experiences the pleasure of sex. So your aggressive lover could be a psychopath..

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    Lisa HW 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    I question the sanity of anyone who can stand to be on Twitter for more than 8 seconds without killing himself. (Sorry, I couldn't resist that joke.) In all seriousness, as someone else said, intriguing Hub. I'd never heard the things about use of language.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Lisa HW - ha! Very funny!

    Thanks for the comment and the laugh today:)

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