Wouldn’t it be interesting to know if the potential next President of the United States were a psychopath?
I would certainly like to have the answer, which would seem to be just as important as knowing if the nominee supports a minimum wage increase, universal healthcare, equity for women, and justice for minorities.
So, interestingly enough Keith Olbermann over at Vanity Fair ran Donald Trump through the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. It was developed by Robert D. Hare, a criminal psychologist, in the early 1980s. Still in use today, the 20-point checklist is used as a simple tool (among others) to quickly assess if a subject has mental health issues ranging from brain injury to psychopathy.
Here’s how the checklist works. Take each of the 20 items and score each with either a 0, 1 or 2, with 0 denoting “does not exhibit” and 2 denoting “does exhibit”. The highest score of 40 indicates that the subject has a high potential for being a dangerous psychopath; 30 is the minimum ranking for psychopathic tendencies.
I urge you to read the full article, but in the meantime I’ll excerpt Donald Trump’s score’s on each dimension below:
- Glibness/superficial charm — 2
- Grandiose sense of self-worth — 2
- Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom — 2
- Pathological Lying — 2
- Cunning/Manipulative — 2
- Lack of remorse or guilt — 2
- Shallow Affect — 2
- Callous/lack of empathy — 2
- Parasitic lifestyle — 2
- Poor behavioral controls — 2
- Promiscuous sexual behavior — 2
- Early behavior problems — 2
- Lack of realistic, long-term goals — 1
- Impulsivity — 2
- Irresponsibility — 1
- Failure to accept responsibility for one’s own actions — 2
- Many short-term marital relationships — 0
- Juvenile delinquency — 2
- Revocation of conditional release — 0
- Criminal versatility — 0
Total score, 32. There you have it. So, when you vote in November, 2016, please think of the children of the world and the nuclear codes.
Image: Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as he accepts the nomination during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. Courtesy: PBS / REUTERS/Brian Snyder – RTSJ4LA.