Psychopathy Test

Instructions: This quiz is designed to help give you some idea about whether or not you may be a psychopath or sociopath, or have psychopathic tendencies. This quiz is not meant to diagnose psychopathy or tell you definitively whether or not you’re a psychopath. But it will give you a pretty good idea, based upon the research. For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.


I am a year old / /

1. Most would describe me as charming and nonchalant — I can turn my charm on and off like a faucet.

2. I do what I want, when I want, the moment the impulse strikes me, regardless of what others want.

3. If something goes wrong or turns out badly, it’s not my fault.

4. I’ve gotten into legal or criminal trouble as an adult (not just a speeding or parking ticket).

5. I am easily the best at what I do, bar none — nobody could ever take my place.

6. I do whatever I feel like doing, and I don’t care what others think — or even if it’s illegal.

7. Every person for themselves; I don’t see the point in feeling sorry for other people and have no desire to help others.

8. I’ve gotten into legal or criminal trouble when I was a teenager (not just a speeding or parking ticket).

9. I have no problem or concern in lying in order to get what I want.

10. “Live in the moment” is what I say; the future will take care of itself and learning from your past is pointless.

11. I never feel remorse, shame or guilt about something I’ve said or done.

12. I don’t see the point in taking on responsibilities of any kind — they just weigh you down.


Learn More About Psychopathy

A person suffering from psychopathy is something that mental health professionals might typically diagnose as antisocial personality disorder. Someone with this kind of personality disorder typically experiences four (4) or more of the following symptoms: failure to conform to social norms; deceitfulness; impulsivity; irritability and aggressiveness; a reckless disregard for other people’s safety; consistent irresponsibility; and a lack of remorse.

Learn more: Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Many people confuse psychopathy with sociopathy. These are pop psychology terms whose meaning are not well-defined by researchers, but you can understand the differences between a psychopath and a sociopath here.

Learn more: Why Do People Become Psychopaths?

Treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder

While psychopathy doesn’t completely align with antisocial personality disorder, the two are similar enough to suggest treatment options might also be similar. You can learn more about the treatment options here.


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Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Psychopathy Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 31, 2020, from


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Last updated: 2 Jun 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 2 Jun 2020
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