When we hear the word psychopath, the image that comes to mind is often that of a serial killer, a stereotype perpetuated by Hollywood. The truth, however, is that psychopaths walk among us – they are our neighbors, our workers, and our family members.

In fact, a 2016 study revealed that approximately 1 in 5 chief executives are psychopaths! A psychopath is defined as, “a person who has no feeling for other people, does not think about the future, and does not feel bad about anything they have done in the past.” These individuals are highly focused on their own needs, wants and desires, and will do anything necessary to ensure that get what they want, even if that means hurting others. Not only will they willingly hurt others in order to make things work in their favor, they have no remorse for the pain that they cause.

“Typically psychopaths create a lot of chaos and generally tend to play people off against each other,” explained forensic psychologist Nathan Brooks. “For psychopaths, it [corporate success] is a game and they don’t mind if they violate morals. It is about getting where they want in the company and having dominance over others.”

Working to better understand the presence of psychopaths in corporate America, a research team based out of Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières made it their goal to standardize the process currently used to identify psychopaths in the workplace. They validated a test called the B-Scan 360, a test that was originally developed by Canadian psychologist Robert D. Hare in the 1970s.

The B-Scan 360 test works with a list of 20 different personality traits, organized into 4 separate categories. You are asked to rate each of the traits on a scale of 1-5, with 3 being the recognized average. This would mean that for each of the 4 categories, the average, stable individual would score their answers around 15 (5 traits with an average of 3 points each). The team discovered that a psychopathic leader, meanwhile, would score approximately 20-25 in each category.

The 20 Traits of the B-Scan 360 Include:

Factor 1: Manipulativeness (lack of ethics)

#1. Ingratiates him/herself

#2. Is glib

#3. Uses charm

#4. Claims expertise

#5. Rationalizes

Factor 2: Unreliability/lack of focus

#1. Not loyal

#2. No planning

#3. Unfocused

#4. Impatient

#5. Unreliable

Factor 3: Callousness/insensitivity

#1. Insensitive

#2. Rarely shows emotions

#3. Cold inside

#4. Remorseless

#5. No empathy

Factor 4: Intimidating/aggressive

#1. Intimidating

#2. Angry

#3. Asks harsh questions

#4. Threatens other workers

#5. Dramatic

Interested in seeing how you would score? A psychopath test has been released on iPhone, iPad, and Facebook! Give it a try!

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