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What is it that makes Hannibal Lecter a psychopath; is it in his nature? Is it a result of his upbringing?
And most importantly, can psychopathy be distilled and identified?
Dr Daniel Boduszek of the University of Huddersfield might have got closer to answering that question.
Boduszek conducted extensive research in a Polish high security prison and looked at 1,800 prisoners' response to certain statements.
By developing the Psychopathic Personality Trait Scale (PPTS) he wanted to look at a particular characteristic prevalent in psychopaths: egocentricity.
Boduszek presented inmates with the following statements, and rated their level of psychopathy depending on how much they agreed with each:
The more egoism inmates demonstrated in their answer, the more psychopathic they were.
Despite the fact the research used inmates, Boduszek insists that the test can be used on anyone:
[to] grasp the essence of a psychopathic personality, regardless of respondents' age, gender, cultural background, and criminal history.
The research can be found here.
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