I’ve always wondered how many psychopaths I come in contact with on a daily basis. Living in New York City, there’s guaranteed to be a lot of them. And while I stand by the fact that basically everyone I’ve ever dated could fall into that category, this question can supposedly sort out the psychopaths from the so-called “normal people.”
An old post has been making its way back through the Internet lately, and it claims to reveal a test used by psychologists to determine whether or not a person has psychopathic or sociopathic tendencies. It’s a single question that’s kind of like a riddle. According to Snopes, it is most commonly presented in this form:
This is a genuine psychological test. It is a story about a girl. While at the funeral of her own mother, she met a guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing, so much her dream guy she believed him to be, that she fell in love with him there and then… A few days later, the girl killed her own sister.
Question: What is her motive in killing her sister?
Ok, now think long and hard about this — this could seal your fate. I was lucky enough to have a totally different answer.
Answer: She was hoping that the guy would appear at the funeral again.
If you answered correctly, you should probably be locked up in a psych ward. It’s ok, this isn’t the ’60s! They’re pretty nice these days.
Kidding — clinical psychologist and author of the book Character Disturbance Dr. George Simon says the questionnaire has some relevancy, but is pretty much worthless, so you can rest easy.
Unless you got the question right and slay cats for fun… then you have a real problem on your hands.