Can you tell psychopaths by the way they speak?

Have you ever met someone and thought they were a little off? Just by the way someone speaks, we can pick up on social cues and emotional intelligence that give us certain impressions about them.

Communications researchers have taken this hunch to another level. They interviewed convicted murderers whose self-reported tests reveal them to be psychopaths and analyzed the specific language usage of their speech patterns. The research was led by Jeffrey Hancock, a communications professor at Cornell University, whose work focuses on two types of language phenomenon in particular: verbal irony and deception. Hancock and his team observed multiple specific abnormal speech patterns in the psychopaths they interviewed.

Defined by psychologists, a psychopath is someone who does not forge the emotional bonds that normal people do and do not empathize with others. They tend to see people as means to their own ends, rather than as individuals. These emotional abnormalities manifest in their speech patterns in a few interesting ways. The psychopaths who were interviewed tended to use a lot of causal phrases like “so” and “because.” The researchers interpreted this to mean that they were explaining their crimes away as a “logical outcome of a plan (something that ‘had’ to be done to achieve a goal).’” In contrast, other convicted criminals who are not psychopaths tend to use more language around religion and their own guilt when describing their crime. The researchers observed other aberrations in psychopaths’ speech. Psychopaths in the study spoke of basic needs like food and money twice as much as the other subjects in the study, and they also use more disfluencies (phrases like “uh” or “umm”) to break up their speech. Learn more about disfluencies here.

The real world application of these conclusions may seem far fetched, but police departments and investigators hope to use craigslist or facebook posts to determine psychological profiles of suspects or potential criminals.

What do you think about linguistic profiles of criminals?

Swiss Army shows off new Monroe HQ.

Connecticut Post October 2, 2007 Byline: Pam Dawkins Oct. 2–MONROE — On a day meant to recognize green, the red was hard to escape Monday at Victorinox Swiss Army Inc.’s newly opened North American headquarters and distribution center.

From the color of the Victoria Street sign to the scarves many employees wore to the background of the Swiss flag and the company’s logo, the red stood out — and that was before the tours of the “green” building began.

Charles Elsener, president of the Swiss parent Victorinox Group — and great-grandson of Karl Elsener who, in 1897, created the original Swiss Army Knife — even noted the color of the street sign, thanking Monroe officials for cooperating in its creation. The street is named for Charles Elsener’s great-great-grandmother, Victoria.

The company started the 160,000-square-foot building in May 2006. In July, it moved more than 100 administrative workers from 1 Research Drive in Shelton to the 26-acre Monroe site; the 77 distribution center workers moved more recently from 65 Trapp Falls Road. Bic plans to move its North American headquarters to the 1 Research Drive offices in the first quarter of 2008. website victorinox swiss army

Monday’s event attracted numerous elected officials, including Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, state Sen. Bill Finch and Andrew Nunn and Ray Baldwin, the mayors of Monroe and Trumbull, respectively.

In his opening Merrick “Rick” Taggart, president of Victorinox Swiss Army, recognized the “vision, inspiration and investment” of the Elsener family. After the ceremony, Elsener said he toured the area to look at the different options before the company picked Monroe. “We liked the openness” of the Monroe site, as well as its proximity to the former Shelton location. That meant the company could keep its existing workers.

During his remarks, Elsener called the move “an important milestone in the history of our company.” The vision is to build a global brand “where everything we do is inspired by the values and heritage of the Swiss Army Knife,” Elsener said.

The building, he said, also reflects the company’s commitment to the environment. According to company information, the two-story structure is placed to minimize heat gain from the sun, and energy-saving equipment and materials were designed into the structure. The building uses low-energy fluorescent light bulbs and sensors to turn lights off automatically, and the company used recycled — and recyclable — materials inside. “We need more companies in Connecticut to follow Swiss Army Brand’s lead,” Fedele said in talking about the “forward-thinking green” building.

Nunn, meanwhile, referenced the bike trail that will eventually connect the Bridgeport ferry terminal and Newtown. Developer Bob Scinto and Swiss Army worked with the town of Monroe to keep up the path, he said before the building tours.

Developer John Kimball has donated land along the property for a bike trail. He’s also donating the labor, materials and equipment needed to upgrade and maintain the existing trail, which will be part of the connector between Newtown and the Bridgeport ferry landing, said Arthur D. Baker, Monroe’s director of public works. That project, he added, was delayed but is now scheduled to begin in October.

Of the Victorinox building, Baker said, “It’s a very efficient building. There’s no question about that.” Baker was one of dozens of elected officials, business leaders and others invited to tour the building.

On a tour led by Thomas Lupinski, Victorinox Swiss Army’s senior vice president and treasurer, Elsener and his wife, Veronika, and two of their children got an up-close look at the American operations. go to website victorinox swiss army

Most offices, Lupinski said, are toward the center of the building, with the cubicles nearer the windows. This allows as much natural light in as possible.

“I like, very much, the indirect lighting,” Elsener said as the tour moved to the second floor and past informal seating areas where employees can gather.

Throughout, the white walls, black chairs and dark gray carpet are offset by red wall clocks and red cushions on benches in the offices. A fitness center next to the warehouse overlooks about three acres of future expansion space.

The distribution center accounts for 120,000 square feet of the building’s space; its ceilings reach 40 feet but hanging lights shorten the clearance to 36 feet, Lupinski said.

“It’s high-density storage,” he said of the six levels of storage on each rack. A wire buried between the rows takes over guidance of the loaders from the drivers.

And the computer-controlled conveyor system delivers boxes to one of three specific transport stations, for pickup by UPS, FedEx or another carrier. Watches, Lupinski said, are shipped by air; knives and cutlery make the trip via surface transportation.

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.


  1. Mary Ann Bagley -  September 14, 2016 - 8:33 am

    I read this article and could not believe that this was a professional study. First, they interviewed only incarcerated subjects? There are psychopaths that are educated, do not stammer at all or use words like um and uh to give them the time needed to think of an answer, and are intelligent enough to get away with their crimes when they do that sort of thing. There are psychopaths that are not criminalistic also. What the profiled with these speech patterns are persons from a lower socioeconomic background and who have a lower IQ. Talking about food a lot comes from the fact that prisons do not feed the prisoners adequately these days so as to lower overall costs. Prisons vary greatly in their gastronomic proclivities from state to state and even between facilities within a state. This study is so full of holes, there should be an investigational study to determine what sort of researcher would not consider intelligent psychopaths in their study. Some people will make a mold and then fill that mold any way they can. Others will make the mold fit around the outcome. That is why there are double blind studies.

    • Jerry Caldwell -  October 25, 2016 - 7:00 pm

      I think the disfluency test application would take more the form of meta-data. You certainly couldn’t determine the psychological profile of someone from a single sentence, or maybe not even from a single conversation but my guess is that if you were to record say, a days worth of speech from 1000 individuals, a pattern would form. Authorities could then investigate the subjects with greater than average use of disfluencies for further red flags that would signal anti-social behavior.

      Lol, I do share your skepticism however. Take for example those of us who are more neurotic and insecure. My guess is that you might see a high degree of disfluency use- in their case however, the reason would be because they were attempting to hide the low self-image they have of themselves from their peers.

  2. Albert Felix -  September 1, 2016 - 3:25 pm

    My Boyfriend Dumped Me What To Do Next.
    We broke up and he married someone else, but I still love him – so what do I do?
    My Boyfriend Dumped Me, How Do I Get Him Back?
    My Ex Boyfriend Broke Up With Me – How Do I Get Him Back To Reconcile?
    My boyfriend or girlfriend wants to break up with me, how can I change their mind?
    Topic: ex boyfriend broke up due to depression
    My boyfriend said he loved me, then dumped me — can I win him back?
    severely depressed boyfriend broke up with me

  3. The Real Truth -  August 6, 2016 - 6:50 pm

    Well unfortunately there are many women these days that are very Psycho and very Dangerous which it is much Safer for many of us Good men to stay Single.

    • kmo -  August 13, 2016 - 12:22 pm

      Some of us women feel the same way about some men..I’m 46..single all my life. No kids…but I met a man now that talks in riddles. Now that he has encouraged me to be better . In another perspective. I have a lot to lose now. And he doesn’t. To me. That is confusing saying he will still help me after making plans for me to move to another state..time has ran out for me in my apt lease. And job..while he sits back and tries to mKe himself happy. I’m left alone worrying all I’m losing because I get nothing but the thought of being homeless and jobless..so..I feel the same as you do..just about men..

    • Vera Palazzo DiBari -  August 17, 2016 - 9:11 am

      I agree but I also feel the same about Psycho men. I was fortunate enough to be married and have 2 beautiful boys. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t work, I never remarried because any man I dated seemed to be a little off. Long story short, I love being single.

  4. molly -  June 18, 2016 - 9:37 am

    What about autistic people and their speech? Looks like they all are psychopaths…..Total absurd !!!!!!

    • star -  July 6, 2016 - 6:57 am

      I agree ,what about kids that are raised in lower income housing , just because they learn words does not make the a social path , i believe it is an chemical in balance inthe genes ,and possibly the ingredients that so many food producers are placing in our food to make it last longer, the money hungry companies do not care about you only thier green pockets

      • Braeden -  July 13, 2016 - 3:27 pm

        Sigh…. good god… where to begin…

        1 – “Sociopath” (or “psychopath”, if that’s what you meant) no “social path” [by the way a sociopath and a psychopath are two different things]

        2 – “Chemical imbalance”, not “chemical in balance” ***Another note to this, it’s not the genes that create a psychopath, it’s how the brain develops during early life. Yes, it IS a chemical imbalance, but it has nothing to do with genes. Another thing I wanted to clear up here is that this article is NOT saying psychopaths are psychopaths because of the way they talk – it is saying that psychopaths can sometimes have predictable speech patterns, which is true as it is an observation made on several individuals. Please understand children are not going to be classified as “psychopaths” just because of the way they learned how to talk.

        3 – “Food producers” [I'm not really sure who you're talking about, because there's no such job title in the world... do you mean farmers?] are certainly using special preservatives to keep our food fresh longer, but this isn’t a bad thing. Organic food rots too quickly and thus long-term shipping is a huge problem. With the right preservatives [which are tested for safety by professionals, by the way], food can be made to last long enough to get to where it needs to go so it can be eaten instead of rotting away and being useful to nobody. Also another point – the food we eat has little long-term bearing on our brains, aside from how it alters dopamine and seratonin production. It is certainly not reasonable to assume that eating or ingesting the wrong type of food will lead one to become a psychopath.

        4 – Just as an additional informative, psychopaths emerge due to flaws in their own brain chemistry, as stated above. They do not perceive emotions the same way we do, and do not connect on an emotional level with people – they simply see peers as stepping stones to get what they want, with no regard to anyone else. They base everything on logic to make up for their lack of emotional guide, and most of them hide it well.

        • Bri -  August 14, 2016 - 1:09 pm

          “Another note to this, it’s not the genes that create a psychopath, it’s how the brain develops during early life. ”
          Actually it’s both. There are twin studies that can validate this correlation.
          Just because you can correct someone’s spelling and grammar doesn’t mean your opinion is more valid.
          Sigh… Why do we as a society focus on belittling one another?

          • M. W. -  September 8, 2016 - 10:53 pm

            Yup! Brain chemicals and other chemicals in the body are definitely often dependent on genetics. It’s why humans with two X chromosomes produce more estrogen, and people with an X and a Y produce more testosterone. Genes code for production of these chemicals found in the pituitary gland!

            There’s a whole field of genetics called epigenetics that deals with studying the phenomenon of gene expression changing. Certain genes can flip off and on, basically. Some can be triggered by nature, but some can also be triggered by nurture.

          • M. W. -  September 8, 2016 - 11:08 pm

            Though there aren’t any looking term studies, and it’s a relatively young field, there is also a correlation between the foods you eat and gene expression through DNA methylation. (Also an epigenetic thing.)

            In short? You really actually may be what you eat, as food is how the body functions at every level. (Not just serotonin and dopamine are affected by food.) Vitamins and nutrients actually work with gene expression in very complex ways. Your body is a very complicated system.

            So the poster with the long rant is actually a bit wrong in many things they’re saying.

      • Moo moo -  July 14, 2016 - 6:56 pm

        .-. Please correct your spelling it’s killing me.

      • Moo moo -  July 14, 2016 - 7:01 pm

        Also gmo product aren’t harmful to us, and honestly the way we label people as crazy and not crazy are only a way to our ends. Normal is what is expected, but you know w what I find extremely stupid about that, we all expect different things and what is expected by the population changes. Someday I hope people will stop putting other people down. By the way, most foods are gmo, you can’t catch a “mental disease” it’s gentic or non existent, only created by peoples misunderstanding of others, in my opinion this causes many people gray pain.

        • M. W. -  September 8, 2016 - 10:36 pm

          Okay, look. The GMO may not be harmful itself, but who would know? There are zero long-term studies done, and usually any studies there are are actually funded by the very industries pushing these products.

          It is not JUST the genetic modification that is the issue, it’s the excessive amounts of chemical fertilizers sprayed on these crops. There are well-documented cases of adverse health effects due to these sprays for farmers exposed to them. They’re in our groundwater, and we’re picking them up through bioaccumulation from food AND farming. The new genetic resistance makes the farmers less discerning in their concentrations of pesticides. Before GMO, the plants were also susceptible to the pesticides, so they had to be more careful in how much they were using.

          You’re in science denial if you think using more pesticides is not dangerous.

    • Kala K Henry -  August 4, 2016 - 5:59 am

      Agree, these professionals just go by books and what they are taught in graduate school. I watch a lot of crime shows and there are a lot of counterfeits out there that appear to be such nice wonderful people who can form social bonds with others until it is proven by the cops that they are guilty of murder or crimes of brutality. So many people try to play God by believing they can mind read. Psychological nonsense.

      • If you don't know, look it up! -  August 22, 2016 - 4:35 pm

        Funny thing, the fact that they seem to form emotional bonds and seem to be such nice people comes directly out of psychological research.

  5. Tom -  March 9, 2016 - 11:47 am

    I have most of the symptoms of a sociopath however, I didnt know… Each and everytime I was caught in a lie I swore I would never do it again and as you all know, I did it again. I couldn’t understand why I kept doing the same thing over and over. Now I do and I dont want to be like this… Im not a monster, I just always thought my feelings were like everyone elses, I thought I lied to people so I WOULDN’T hurt them… Ive made so many webs because I just didnt know.

    • Elaine Danneck -  March 12, 2016 - 2:23 am

      It sounds like something or someone has scared you. In German, there’s a saying: “Self-recognition is the best/quickest way to improvement.” You’re well on you way, if I may say so.

    • Vanessa Nunez -  March 17, 2016 - 10:30 am


      I’m very impress , I have reading and learning a lot of sociopath , the fact you are admitting you have a problem it’s very unique ! Don’t loose hope – I promise that more your continue recognizing your nature less destructive life you will have ! God bless you

      • Jacobian -  May 30, 2016 - 3:30 pm

        It’s because he isn’t a sociopath but a narcissist who feeds off the idea of his own importance, by telling him “you are impressed” and saying “you are unique” you just feed into that grandiose sense of self worth.

        • LionOfJudah -  July 2, 2016 - 1:31 pm


          Very astute observation!

          Interestingly enough, there’s something called “No More Mr. Nice Guy” syndrome that’s been marketed over the past several years. It identifies characteristics of Narcissism while putting a “nice” twist on it, saying that it’s all because of anxiety that these guys have “covert contracts” whereby they “expect” people to return a favor after they themselves have extended one.

          I’m not sure what to make of this “syndrome,” because it seems as though Dr. Glover is just putting a nice name to a serious personality disorder, and unfortunately, because Narcissists have a false sense of reality and often re-write their reality into something that either makes them the victim or the good-guy, I can’t help but wonder if this Glover is just enabling Narcissists and teaching them how to become “better” Narcissists.

          Any thoughts?

        • Waltz Inaminor -  July 20, 2016 - 9:40 am

          Sociopaths have Narcissist traits. Not all Narcissists are sociopaths. So, being one, do not exclude the other. If you want to look and sound sure when you talk, be sure you are sure my friend.

    • Jeff Rizzo -  March 31, 2016 - 9:52 am

      This is the type of information that’s needed to be widely shared so that real human beings can identify the psychopath early thus both protecting himself from the psychopath and perhaps more importantly, placing the psychopath in a position of social impotence which will ineffect, force him to conform.

      Instead of good people conforming to the psychopath, the current societal reality. Micro and macro.

      Help people instead of patting yourself on the back for how smart you are.

      Just because

      • Braeden -  July 13, 2016 - 3:34 pm

        Psychopaths don’t just “conform” – psychopaths are uncontrollable, due to their flawed brain chemistry. Their brains cannot simply be re-wired because we don’t want people to be psychopaths, life just doesn’t work that way.

        Another point I’d like to make is that not all psychopaths are killers – some are CEOs, some are teachers, some are construction workers – not all of them actually kill or hurt others. Psychopaths just cannot connect on an emotion level with their peers.

        And if you think this article is ALL you need to identify or catch a psychopath, you’re dead wrong. Don’t you think if it were THAT easy, that ALL psychopaths would be identified and labelled by now? The main issue is that they are very adaptable and change frequently in order to fit in (most of them do this unconsciously, as they are simply driven by primal urges and lack the right impulse control). Point is, it’s nowhere near as simple as you make it out to sound.

        For my closing point, I don’t want to make life seem hopeless, but there really isn’t anything you can realistically DO about psychopaths. People that are imparted with these imbalances in their brains will emerge from traumatic events regardless of how you feel about it, and will continue to do so long after we’ve figured out the mysteries of the human brain.

    • Coffey -  April 30, 2016 - 12:26 am

      This is not a problem Tom. Is a special and rare gift you have been given. Use it to your advantage to get what you want in life. Do not let the people without the gift bring you down to their level. You are the opposite of a monster, you are a rare, unique, and beautiful specimen in this world of dull. I myself am a psychopath, and it is wonderful.

      • dave -  May 8, 2016 - 5:50 am


        Theyre afraid of us because they only go to prisons to learn about us.

        If researchers only went to prisons to learn about homosexuality theyd believe that homosexuals are all child molesters.

        we have MORE control than they do and it scares them.

        they call us monsters and treat us like monsters and then they wonder why we despise them.

        cats are only dangerous if you piss them off.

        • John Smith -  June 3, 2016 - 2:46 am

          “Cats are only dangerous if you piss them off”

          Psychopaths are not cats. Psychopaths are dangerous for a lot of other reasons too, especially greed. They tend to do things like poison their parents for the inheritance, poison their adult siblings to death for their share of the inheritance. All with a mile and pretending to be family. Their poor children are damaged mentally and emotionally beyond repair.

          Also if it wasn’t for NON-psychopaths there would be no you, and no civilization because human civilization was built on helping each other, working together, sharing and teamwork – things that the psychopath isn’t capable of. If everyone was a psychopath humans would have gone extinct a long time ago.

        • Superior -  August 17, 2016 - 7:08 pm

          “Cats are only dangerous if you piss them off” – One of my favorite quotes about us.

    • Kevin -  May 21, 2016 - 5:13 pm

      Am I a psychopath?

    • LOL -  June 3, 2016 - 12:17 pm


    • Ryan C. Ashton -  June 19, 2016 - 7:16 am

      You don’t seem psychopathic to me. You’re displaying remorse, which a psychopath would never have. Having said that though, a psychopaths could display remorse as a “learned behavior” due to their upbringing. In other words, their feelings of remorse can themselves be a lie.

    • Moo moo -  July 14, 2016 - 7:08 pm

      dont worry about what others think, as long as your not hurting them it doesn’t matter, though I’m not saying you should continue lying. Anyway people label people for two reasons to feel on top and protect themselves, if you won’t cause them harm then it doesn’t matter what they think. Well it’s hard to explain I guess…

  6. Raven -  December 16, 2015 - 5:07 pm

    Ok, but that way of speaking completely defines me. All of it. With the first part, I always explain bad things I’ve done with logic – not that I’ve ever done anything serious. The religion/guilt thing actually made me tilt my head in confusion. I still feel I am not a psychopath.

    I think people all have it to some degree and the further you separate yourself from emotions, then the further along you are and the closer you will be to a diagnosis for it.

    • Carol Spillman -  December 31, 2015 - 9:46 am

      Lord have mercy….well first off let me remind these armchair head shrinks that until they come up with just ONE so called mental disorder where they can show PHYSICAL PROOF? Then I might give alittle more interest in this bunch of BS you’ve taken so much care to give the world. As yet to my knowledge there is still not a single shred of physical proof that people can even suffer from depression or bipolarism or any of those so called mental illnesses. The diagnosis are based on THEORIES. And you know when labeling people with mental disorders became ramphant in America? Back in the 70s. when the head docs wanted to get in on some of that medicare/medicaid money, you know, reimbursement. So they came up with some 50 ICD codes then that grew to over 300 along the way. They have come up with diagnosis such as “Borderline Personality” disorder or I’ve even seen Diseffective Disorder. You know what symptoms you see under those two diagnoses? The behaviors of people who do not conform to societies behaviors. In other words, they are people who walk to the beat of a different drum, they are their own person. Go google the corelation between big pharma and the head docs, they are billions of dollars profit each and every year since the 80s. These random killings that people who have been labeled with everything from depression to chronic insomnia, the possible side effects from all of those hypnotic/mood altering meds, on a long list of possible side effects is “suicidal Ideation” Along with negative changes in personality, etc etc. Hell they taught those of us in the medical profession for DECADES that brain cells do not regenerate but now about two years ago they have discovered that yes, they do. Don’t let anybody label YOU or YOUR CHILD just because you walk to the beat of a different drummer. BE who you are.

      • Peggy Rider -  January 25, 2016 - 11:21 pm

        Bravo to you Carol, I am in total agreement. What is the end to this experimental process of which we are being used? I would rather succumb to disease than to be made a zombie from pharmacology. Whatever happened to quality of life and dying with dignity? To be different today is a risk one takes in society for they surely will be deemed mentally imbalance. Dope them up says the doctors!

      • Scott -  January 27, 2016 - 11:44 pm

        While I tend to agree with much of what you’ve said, Carol, as someone who studied graduate-level psych in college, and practiced for awhile afterward, I am not a full buy-in on empiricism as the only means of diagnosis. There are most certainly intangibles that aren’t necessarily physically observable that do indeed influence and create behavior patterns.

      • The Paper Swordsman -  January 31, 2016 - 8:32 pm

        tl;dr. Sounds like you got issues lady.

      • Silvynn Johnson -  February 17, 2016 - 12:07 am

        Now I may just be reading your message wrong, and if that is the case I apologize, but there is physical proof for depression. Physical signs of depression include lethargy, gastrointestinal problems, sleep disturbances, vague aches and pains, and appetite changes. While I do agree with you on the fact that some people walk to the beat of their own drum, I also see how some of those people have busted drums. Psychopaths have brains that are physically developed differently. That is not to say all psycho paths are a danger to society, in fact many of them are quite successful in whatever field of study/ work they choose. I am simply stating that some are indeed dangers to society, and their being diagnosed could help save lives, whether it be their’s or someone else’s. I hope you are not offended by my stating my opinion, as I am actually quite glad to have seen you state yours. Many people don’t and I feel it is a shame.

      • Jessie -  March 7, 2016 - 3:34 pm

        Carol spillman, hell ya I agree. ” Don’t let anyone label you, just because u beat to a different drummer!

      • Elaine Danneck -  March 12, 2016 - 2:09 am

        Here’s someone talking common sense. A rare commodity theses days!

        • Elaine Danneck -  March 12, 2016 - 5:15 am

          Here’s someone talking common sense. A rare commodity theses days!

          Oops!!! I just misspelt a word….. What does that make me now? :-)

          • Jacobian -  May 30, 2016 - 3:36 pm

            it maks your a cumuditee

      • Charlie thames -  April 28, 2016 - 3:53 pm

        I absolutely agree with this it’s truly a twisted and most wicked web that has been woven. There are all types of people an I feel that unless your physically harming another human then. You should be left out of the b.s. that the money hungry( money is the root of all evil) have fabricated to take advantage of the ones who are courageous enough to look out side of the box( conforming to society’s norm) who’s evil and who’s just different ?

      • ally -  May 1, 2016 - 11:23 pm

        are you kidding me? do you seriously think that the millions of people suffering from mental illness with the same symptoms and tendencies are fake or part of your crazy little conspiracy theory? Are you gonna sit on your computer with your perfectly intact brain and make light of the physical and emotional pain people with these illnesses are suffering from? You know absolutely nothing about mental illness and I think next time you should do a little more research before you start spreading your “opinions” around the internet. you can’t have an opinion about something when you clearly have no idea what the hell you’re even taking about.

        • dodie gears -  May 21, 2016 - 9:36 pm

          Ally You are correct..and people who murder others serially are the most dangerous of all..different drummers are like Picasso,not like Dahmer

        • Superior -  August 17, 2016 - 7:17 pm

          I’m not suffering

      • Jlee -  May 4, 2016 - 8:41 pm

        When my daughter was young teachers said she had a very high IQ. She was a talented and gifted child.so after a few years she went to a special school for gifted children which used psychologists. In her late 20′s she sought out psychiatrists and was labeled with Borderline Personality Disorder. She was prescribed many psych drugs. Before her death she shared thoughts of being a psychopath or sociopath. I don’t believe any of this could have been true as she was a kind and loving person. Now she is gone and I do not believe any of the labels or drugs helped, only harmed.

        • Waltz Inaminor -  July 20, 2016 - 9:09 am

          Psych medicated drugs only makes your psych weaker, and so your body.
          Either became who you truly are and embrace it, trying to be the best you can, or be the drug slave people want it to be.
          You have these two choices. It’s up to you. I would rather prefer to live the way I am, than taking drugs for the rest of my life.
          It’s a fake treatment if takes a drug to make your brain work closer to normal. If you can’t change your brain by yourself, it ain’t really a cure.

      • Jacobian -  May 30, 2016 - 3:32 pm

        THEORIES, what? Like the theory of gravity? Ah shit I’m floating because it’s only a theory /s

      • Vick -  July 7, 2016 - 10:58 pm

        Well said

      • If you don't know, look it up! -  August 22, 2016 - 4:50 pm

        Interesting fact. There are two mental conditions that are found across all recorded millenia and all cultures: depression and schizophrenia. All the rest are culturally defined…or so goes medical anthropology, which also notes that there must be some greater survival value to those two or they would not remain in the gene pool so long.. As it turns out, at least one form of depression is regularly found in those of greater than average intelligence for reasons applicable to their greater ability to question meaning in life and to search for some way to better not just themselves but other’s lives, the condition of the planet, etc. as well as their inability to find others like themselves (more than 20 points difference in IQ tends to significant differences in thought processes that make communication tough about anything other than basic daily stuff). As we need “whiz-kids” to hel move the species forward, that makes sense. Schizophrenia, not so much…unless perhaps all accounts of people seeing and hearing things which were not “really there” are considered schizophrenic, and so mystics, medicine people, priests and priestesses, and the like are included in the tally…and those people for a long time were the ones who actually understood human nature so well that they functioned as the ones who came up with ways for groups to remain socially coherent.

    • dp -  January 19, 2016 - 4:02 pm

      Sadly, I knew one well, and this is right on. Startled me by the accuracies I’d never considered. But that doesn’t mean the actions apply to all, it’s just a possible characteristic and interesting observation.

    • AJ -  February 20, 2016 - 9:57 am

      The fact that you cannot comprehend guilt or people feeling judged under a higher power is evidence that you might be much more psychopathic than you feel.

    • Superior -  August 17, 2016 - 7:12 pm

      Take various self-diagnosis psychopath tests and look at the psychopath check list to get a better understanding. You might be one of us.

  7. pasta fresca -  December 7, 2015 - 2:29 pm

    how did we go from asperger syndrome in the first paragraph to serial killers in the 95% rest of the article??? subtle way of implying that aspies are psychopaths…

  8. Carrieokey -  December 4, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    I totally enjoy reading the comments by everyone . I love you all. For real.

  9. Holy -  September 23, 2015 - 8:07 pm

    In my opinion, which isn’t professional so I would take it with a grain of salt, everyone is a god damn psychopath… to some degree. xD
    Everyone trying to be a psychologist is a psychopath. Why can’t we just all be crazy and stop trying to figure people out.
    Lets say you think you’ve spotted one. What are you going to do?
    I’m not saying jump in the car with him or go to his house alone for the first time, I mean use common sense, but this article is hilarious. So yeah, here’s my two cents.

    • fi -  October 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm

      “Everyone trying to be a psychologist is a psychopath” Really??? That is a bit of a sweeping statement and what evidence do you base this judgement on? I am in a class studying psychology and counselling and everyone here seems to just want to learn how to help others in emotional distress and with life problems. So yeah, have my two cents :)

      • fi-2 -  October 14, 2015 - 4:50 am

        “Really??? That is a bit of a sweeping statement and what evidence do you base this judgement on? I am in a class studying psychology and counselling and everyone here seems to just want to learn how to help others in emotional distress and with life problems.”

        Yeah, Really!. . everyone here seems to just want to learn how to help others in emotional distress. . .

        Sure they do! We can see right through you, your true colors. I don’t believe you one bit. Liar! You’re not even worth 2 cents.

        • If you don't know, look it up! -  August 22, 2016 - 4:54 pm

          That was a very sweeping, not just negative but mean-minded statement to someone you know nothing about. Was the whole thing just an exercise in trolling, or are you practicing being a psycopath, or what? :P

    • Hari Stewart -  October 28, 2015 - 11:39 pm

      A crazy person thinks they’re sane. Whereas the sane person knows that they are crazy – R. D. Laing

      • Superior -  August 17, 2016 - 7:14 pm

        Does that actually make me sane then?

  10. Wolfe -  July 9, 2015 - 6:17 am

    What if u swear u told someone something and they say u didn’t… My family tell me that I don’t tell them nothing and I’m like I did… Its bad man idk what’s be going on plz help

    • devin demuth -  July 20, 2015 - 2:25 pm

      People can force themselves to forget occurrences, and adopt or change their own memories of instances….just to avoid feeling inferior. There is an inferiority complex by which a person will change their own thoughts of interaction like your example in order to maintain the perception of their envisioned superiority (being “right”)

      I suppose as a means of survivability those who know the most should be respected the most, maybe as a means of self importance. Some people may deny anything that suggests they were wrong for the mere feeling of being above someone else….even on insignificant interactions like asking someone why they placed the loaf of bread in the wrong cabinet. A person may respond knowing they are lying but hoping you do not have enough evidence to criticize them.

      Some people are afraid of criticism to the point of changing stories and lying. Some people may subconsciously see the act of being criticized as a notion that they are not as important, or know less. Criticism can cause the person to question themselves and maybe this self questioning makes them feel inferior.

    • jess -  October 28, 2015 - 10:05 am

      Wolfe: research the term gaslighting. It’s a sly little tactic.

    • Carrieokey -  December 4, 2015 - 5:59 pm

      I would buy a digital recorder and tape your conversations with them and or start telling them stuff in writing and see if it still happens

    • tina Spina -  February 28, 2016 - 3:50 pm

      Wolfe. i was reading everyone’s respond. I’ve noticed that you have really bad grammar . Please learn proper grammar and don’t abbreviate words. I had a difficult time understanding what you were trying to say.

      ” My family tell me that I don’t tell them nothing and I’m like I did”

      correction: …….

      My family tells me that I don’t tell them anything, but I told them that I disagree.

      ” Its bad man idk what’s be going on plz help” ….
      ……………..what are you saying. I don’t know what this means.

      I am not trying to be mean to you. I am just trying to tell you that you should go to school and learn how to speak and write.

      all the best. take care

      • Robert -  April 28, 2016 - 12:03 pm

        Tina the blobfish, I suppose you find yourself so terribly clever to insult someone for bad grammar. Maybe someone you look up to encourages you to behave like this and gives you a pat on the back everytime you think your being out of the box funny. I cannot believe you would even criticise someone for bad grammar when you can’t even spell responses in your first sentence. But I wont judge you for that, or even the fact that you’re being a hypocrite (we’re all human chick) it’s just the fact your trying to show off about it to feed your own self importance. I’m not being mean to you, all the best, take care.

      • Amy Book -  May 30, 2016 - 6:09 am

        Tina Please go to church and learn to talk to others. I am not trying to be mean to you but your attitude sucks. You should also consider returning school cause your last post made you look pretty stupid. But wait, you can’t fix stupid. Oops…My bad!!!!!!

  11. Joni -  May 27, 2015 - 8:31 pm

    Just curious…..does anyone know what it means when someone says “no” all the time?

    • fernando -  June 12, 2015 - 9:06 am

      It means ” NO ” !

    • devin demuth -  July 20, 2015 - 2:15 pm

      An individual who says “no” all the time can be a representation of their inability to accept new ideas or thoughts. Someone who is set in their “ways”. Usually disregards any new information even if they have no information or idea about the topic of discussion.

      People may generalize responses as some people may see new information as unnecessary to themselves. Individuals who have convictions in an ideology like religion will usually turn away anything that may seem unfit for their beliefs.

      Also it can be coupled with an intrinsic belief system that they are always right. It is really a coping mechanism of ignorance.

      • Scott -  December 31, 2015 - 9:20 pm

        Someone who says No “all the time Typically is someone who is either authoritarian, or has literally earned the right to such authority on the topic at hand. Someone who rejects the fact that the have earned such a level of authority is the individual that is disregarding the qualitative and quantitative level of the information they have, Just as you are doing by assuming that you are an authority on the topic of human psychology by taking “a class” when, in fact, it takes years of study and research to reach a simple level od competence, let alone expertise. Further your attempt to discount Deeply personal and long held belief systems such as religion off hand when these beliefs are actually the basis of a polite societal stance of allowing others their beliefs and taking the time to listen to them without being condescending, as you would have them do the same to yourself. This alone disconnects it from any belief that a person is always right, as almost all religions teach fallibility of its followers, and it is the anti-theists that are in fact those who push the “belief system” of infallibility.
        You need to step back and stop attempting to be an expert, when you are obviously less enlightened than a layman in this field. And before you comment, I am a Board Certified Psychologist, and have been in practice for over 35 years. And without being insulting, from what I have read of your writing, I would very seriously suggest you seek counselling. It seems as if tis article were written specifically with you in mind. People such as yourself are very dangerous to those who do have issues and seek information for personal use. To summarize You are full of Bovine Feces and people should not take you seriously.

        • LG -  February 28, 2016 - 11:18 pm

          Scott is such a relief to find here as he seems to be the only one fully grasping the entire concept of these disorders. They are ( when in full `bloom` not what I call illnesses but conditions that are incurable, as they are actually born/made up/constructed/wired differently. That does not mean they can`t be taught/learn to function as us that`s wired as the norm (still being individual) . And this is one of the aspects that makes these so dangerous and hard to detect/understand/believe/fathom for `norm` people, until you actually live along side one. You just would NOT know by a brief encounter or shallow acquaintance. You need to see the whole picture fully and in depth. Some just look at a picture at the art gallery, others study it.
          And Scott, you`re a connoisseur : )

  12. reg -  May 15, 2015 - 12:05 am

    Of course, there are methods to ascertain if one is psychopath. But for first encounter, to see one is psychopath is very difficult. So we need these type of cues to take precautions.

    • Mal -  May 22, 2015 - 11:49 am

      Such great ideas in these comments! If only they had correct spelling and grammar.

      • ouida -  October 30, 2015 - 12:50 am

        Does it matter if people are not great at English Grammar. We all have something to say and don’t need to be academic to have the right to say it.

    • Clint -  July 2, 2015 - 4:38 pm

      Is there a describing word to describe a person that is overly keen to go out of their way to bring you to harm, cause difficulties for you, cause you detriment if you asked for something?

      They have a strong bias in favour of looking to find a way to stop you from having an entitlement and will go to great lengths to try to pursuade others to deprive you of something you’ve asked for. Unlike normal people who would statistically give answers that may help or not, on average of 50%, the answers typically from these people usually lie heavily towards 100% in favour of causing detriment. They have an unhealthy interest in convincing others “you can’t have x”; or try to prove the exact opposite of your reasons that would otherwise entitle you to something.

      They seem to get great pleasure out of seeing you not get something.

      They also try to blame others for the reason you were deprived of sonething, then say it wasn’t me. But that they say they tried to help you but unfortunately “so and so” made the decision. When in reality, it was their doing.

      They also show this bias against you when they are informed that it is you that has asked for something, or they become aware you may have asked for something. They would give a different answer once they become aware that it is you that’s involved.

      • cheri -  October 7, 2015 - 4:57 pm


      • Scott -  December 31, 2015 - 9:23 pm

        You describe a typical sociopath.

      • AJ -  February 20, 2016 - 9:59 am

        You have terminologies confused

      • Debra Bailey -  March 3, 2016 - 10:03 pm

        A resident coordinator here befriended ME after knowing how gullible and sensitive I was and found myself lying for him thinking I WAS helping HE knew of a recent death loss I had and treated ME like a forever friend AND OUT of NO where HE turned hateful and I am disabled person and HE got done using ME AND my depression worsened and HE is a psychologist. NOW I am more fearful. What can I Do. It’s unethical and I don’t want to lose my apartment cause HE in a more superior position. Help!!!!

    • fi -  October 3, 2015 - 4:03 pm

      Body language is a great indicator if someone is a psychopath. You can tell when somebody is one when they are standing over you in your bed in the middle of the night holding a large knife :D

      • Scott -  December 31, 2015 - 10:00 pm

        Body language nor speech patterns for that matter, can not tell you if someone is a psychopath. By the simple nature of the true definition of the disorder, the individual ma or may not exhibit symptoms. For example, the person standing over you with that large knife just may be asking you where the sharpener is because the want to cut a freshly baked loaf of bread. And the real psychopath is the one hiding in the oven with a carving fork waiting for someone to open the door. Not to take the joy out of a humorous post, but there really is no typical way to tell a psychopath from anyone else, Jeffery Dahmer is a prime example. Now were this article discussing SOCIOPATHS it would be a different story entirely. Sociopaths are all too often very high functioning individuals in government or business, Commonly very narcissistic (no name being pointed out here, as it is common knowledge) and who believe that they should be the center of attention, and everyone should think as they do. The biggest difference between the two, is a sociopath is rarely criminal in nature, rather they are predominantly arrogant, and self centered. A true psychopath is most often discovered by their actions, when they cross the line of legality, as most often this is the only time they are exposed for what they are. In my Practice, I deal heavily with both, as I work closely with the State’s Department of Justice. One point of information to keep in mind, is quite often a sociopath puts themself into a situation that crosses the line of the law due to their arrogance and belief of superiority. A psychopath simply doesn’t care and does what they want at whim. It can be a very interesting comparison when you have two similar situations where a psychopath and sociopath are involved. With today’s high level of interest in crime solving shows, I’m surprised nobody has taken this to heart as a general theme.
        Before I close, thank you for giving me an opening and forgive me for sucking the humor out of your body language post. Yes Norman Bates was a Psychopath and so was Ed Gein, the serial killer he was based on. (for an easy read on Gein, check your local library for “Ed Gein, America’s Most Bizarre Murderer” by Robert Gollmar, Gollmar was the Judge who locked Gein away for the rest of his life in a mental institution)

    • Superior -  August 17, 2016 - 7:25 pm

      Why is everyone trying to defend themselves against us and figure us out like we’re your highschool science project. I’m not doing any harm.

  13. Jason Raub -  February 24, 2015 - 3:29 pm

    Hi. I first want to type that I do not agree with calling any one “Psychopath”, I say “Dealing With Psychopathy”. Not every one dealing with Psychopathy deals in an unhealthy way, there are those dealing with Psychopathy that truly want to be productive to society and truely want to be helpful to others. Psychopathy has the effect on the person dealing to where it is all most impossible to feel emotions from others, that person dealing with Psychopathy still has there own emotions & feelings they may just discount them as irrational and non contributing to reason, that person can still feel hurt. To me it is not right to lable every one dealing with Psychopathy as harmful to others, the only people dealing with Psychopty the news reports are the ones that are not dealing in a healthy way & do things counterproductive to society, no one even sees that person may be hurting inside. I think the best action is to help not lock those away which are willing to get better for them selves or for society. Thanks, take care.

    • Dr Strangelove -  May 23, 2015 - 11:48 am

      You don’t like calling anyone a psychopath because you yourself have put a stigma on the term. No one suggested that all psychopaths are harmful to others – again its you. Also you only hear about the ones not dealing with it in a healthy way because that’s news. A report of “psychopath goes down the shop and buys milk” is not news. You don’t hear about healthy people doing normal things in the news either – because its not news. Sorry to hurt your feelings but people with a psychopathic personality are psychopaths

      • fi -  October 3, 2015 - 4:09 pm

        Psychopaths as defined by the DSM and many scholarly studies are deemed to be people who cause inevitable harm to others. Sad but true. They have an impulse to be destructive. The lady who put the cat in the wheeley bin is a psychopath/ sociopath/aspd/malignant narcissist. All different labels but the people act the same way…..Harmful to others in one way or another….Those who are more socially skilled get to wreak havoc and never make the news and that is the bulk of them. cat in the bin lady was a respected bank clerk til CCTV caught her out.

      • Scott -  December 31, 2015 - 10:09 pm

        There is no benign definition of a psychopath. By definition they are destructive to self and or others. Even if their compulsion is solely against inanimate objects, the fact that it is uncontrollable means that it is self destructive. People have to understand that it IS a mental illness, and as such it is destructive to the individual and those in their lives.

    • Josh -  August 13, 2015 - 5:07 pm

      I don’t think you understand what a psychopath is. There are no such things as psychopaths “that truly want to be productive to society and that truly want to be helpful to others”. If a person wants those things, then they aren’t a psychopath. A psychopath is not capable of wanting to help others, unless doing so will be of advantage to them. The fact that they are UNABLE to feel empathy or care about anyone for any reason, is literally what defines a person AS a psychopath in the first place. Just like being UNABLE to see is what defines a person as blind.

      • fi -  October 3, 2015 - 4:15 pm

        Your post is bang on the money. You get this. Lack of empathy makes these creatures nothing more than conscienceless, inter-species predators. Blind to normal healthy human feelings and emotions which they regard as a weakness to be exploited rather than the strengths they really are.

  14. Garcia -  January 12, 2015 - 12:13 pm

    I would laugh, however you wannabe pyschopaths are truly pathetic.

    The people that take pychopathy tests are interested in such a tests outcome, and will in general already know of a few of a pychopaths traits. This biases the test.

    It is quite easy to take an online test and obtain a score which says you are a psychopath.

    From here self confirmation bias plays a stronger part. You do further reading on the subject and find that a lot of the stuff about psychopaths matches up with you. Yeah; this stuff is genralized. It is very easy to convince yourself that you are something that you’re not on the internet.

    Get this. Pychopaths vary a lot, just like normal people. Most psychopaths fit in so well they don’t realize what they are. They are nothing special. Slightly abnormal, but nothing special.

    The clever ruthless monsters that you see on TV don’t exist in the real world. Maybe in some limited capacity actually. Who knows? We have seven billion people.

    If it doesn’t look like a duck, doesn’t sound like a duck, and doesn’t walk like a duck, it probably isn’t a duck.

    • Zachery -  February 17, 2015 - 11:22 pm

      I’ll save all the trouble of finding out if im a psychopath. I have Asperger’s syndrome and schizophrenia. im sure by definition I would be considered a psychopath and have red flags but you can not lable people based on a disorder a psychopath. then it wouldn’t make you better then them. I understand wanting to find unstable psychopath’s to prevent future crimes. Although I’m sure that there have been psychopath’s that have never committed a crime but have been lable a psychopath. If I had to say if I was a psychopath or not I would say I have the tendency to act like one but try not to use people for my own benefit or for any other reason. If you think I’m a psychopath fine with me you can form your own opinion’s and lable me if you want I’ll just be me and not what people think I am or want me to be.

      • Scott -  December 31, 2015 - 10:22 pm

        One of the most dangerous things in the mental health arena is self diagnoses. Which you are doing. Another risk factor is mixing possible physical and psychological causes and claiming a singular diagnosis. It is still thought that aspergers is a physiological and not psychological condition. And then there are those who claim otherwise. As such no singular test can diagnose any condition when both are involved.

    • Patricia -  March 20, 2015 - 7:43 am

      You are absolutely right ,Most people who post this stuff are psychopaths themselves and will never look at the things they need to change,That is why so many suffer out in the world because they themselves do not have no compassion for others and want you to be just like them and not change for the better of others,.They will want you to just go on with your life and forget about all the problems that others have,Their answers for a question of why people are so miserable is they did that to their self when actually people who do harm to themselves are people who over spend and abuse people who help them by wanting more than they already have,I have met so many in my life where they get paid more than enough and they blow on some much stuff they don’t really need to have and than when their money runs out they are knocking at your door asking if you can help them pay their bills or say they have nothing to eat can you spare some food or will blame the poor for their problem that don’t work for a greedy system.But than you have people who do not do that to themselves but the people who are around them only care what is best for them which those who see someone struggling and long the other way and are happy with their live are the psychopath/sociopath looking for revenge on someone who would never think of hurting them

  15. jack ward -  November 7, 2014 - 5:13 am

    Can you tell psychopaths by the way they speak?

    I fucking hope so!

    If some of the nasty motherfuckers I have dealt with in my past – didn’t get even the slightest heads up – of what a nasty little fucker I am – and how much I wanted their head on a stick – I would have been most disappointed,

    I would like to think – If I don’t like you – my complete lack of holdback on ripping your throat out would have been evident on both my face and in my voice.

    I’m just saying.

    • Jesus Christ -  January 9, 2015 - 5:49 pm

      Brother you need to see a shrink and Jesus Christ.

    • Jesus Christ -  January 9, 2015 - 5:52 pm

      So this is wrong ummm because uh i am perfectly normal. I like umm big macs uh i have enough money to go buy one now so because i am normal uh i am out because uh so peace.

      • Aleah -  April 28, 2015 - 5:37 pm

        So, because, so, because. Governments fucked mate, just goes to show.

      • fi -  October 3, 2015 - 4:32 pm

        Nice one bro. Good post :D

    • Catherine -  January 29, 2015 - 1:37 am

      That’s a little harsh. Psychopaths sometimes cannot help it.

      • moe -  March 10, 2015 - 11:07 am

        if family members know that someone is very psycologically ill, do you think they should be obligated to warn or inform a person thats unaware and have become friends with the person and have been slowly stripped of thier life do to this sick persons actions

        • pychVictim -  April 9, 2015 - 9:10 pm


    • Aleah -  April 28, 2015 - 5:36 pm

      Powerful words jack, powerful words. The thought of decapitating one brings much of relief, than any bias outcome. All these people ramble on makes me sick … They do it to themselfs if your asking me.

    • FJ -  May 6, 2015 - 10:45 pm


  16. Sebastian -  August 9, 2014 - 8:44 am

    These so-called “scientific findings” are as overly simplistic and generalizing as they are dangerous to our society and constitutional values when paired with the notion of “potential crime”, as expressed at the end of the article.

    People are paranoid, and show little empathy enough, already. Just think what will become of society if we start being afraid of everyone who talks funny, and call the cops on them – or indeed have them called on us, for that matter.
    Whenever someone starts to speak about “normal” behaviour and psychopathy in a generalizing fashion, like the conductors of the above study seem to do, you should be vary of hidden motives.

    Studies like this are conducted with a pre-conceived purpose. And in this case the purpose, quite clearly, is to provide executive power with new means to go where they have no business. It’s either that or just vying for attention or academic recognition.

    • Robert Peacock -  September 21, 2015 - 8:01 pm

      This is most well recieved comment I’ve come across so far in this string.
      I (not in exactly the same words) have communicated this point in my own debates on many occassions and get a majority snorts and chortle, even though it is obvious that everyone in the sharing circle has their own “psychopathic” quirks.
      Not a single person fighting for the best recieved, basest, biased, totally selfish and cowardly oppinion can find the nerve or courage to admit that they are a little screwy in their own way.
      To me, crazy is the big “game” everyone loves to play so much.
      Crazy to me is not accepting that all the preening and posing is a waste of valuable resource and energy.
      Great point!

  17. Sebastian -  August 9, 2014 - 8:22 am

    So psychopaths are more rational, whereas “normal” convicts refer more to religion and abstract notions like guilt…..riiiight.
    Suddenly I’m curious what definition of psychopathy the conductors of this study adhere to.
    Learning what they think is normal behaviour might be even more enlightening, and open up whole new avenues for this debate.

    It is this seemingly inconspicuous fact, that the assumptions that form the very bedrock of linguistic and psychologic theorizing are so rarely disclosed by those who conduct the studies, and have the cheek to call it science, and leave you to sift through heaps of shit in academic journals trying to find something worth quoting, that is so discouraging for everyone who studies these subjects at university.

  18. Jim -  August 3, 2014 - 10:43 pm

    These are the sameb people who for years claimed bullies “suffered” from low self esteem LOL and now claim child molesters are normal. I lost ALL respect for your profession years ago. Most in the field are trying to fix their own personal problems obviously.

    • Ummmauuso -  August 9, 2014 - 9:17 pm

      Ummm ahh I I’m go sumpn ahh to um say. Um so I I’m think that I’m I’m not sure I’m so what I’m ah I’m oh no it can’t be so. Um am I, could I be um ugh hmmm well I guess it’s true I’ve been found out I must definitely be one if those um uhh please dissect me um ahhhhhhh sine I typed umm ahh so many times to the 5th degree psychopath here I am um ahhhhhhh hehehe

  19. paranoid -  July 24, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    i am in quite a bit of fix. i scored 86% more than the average in the psychopathy test. they say psychopathy is a trait(hair colour), we are born with it but cannot change it. but trust me i am changing over the years. i feel for people now and can also see from other’s perspective.so i am quite confused about what i am.
    also i believe that everyone is a psychopath. we all look towards maximising our benefits. we justify it by saying that we are doing it for society, religious reasons etc.
    also i think that there are quite many good psychopaths around us. most of the characteristics like avid risk takers, extremely logical rather than emotional beings, are associated with good leadership qualities. so do we not need good leaders to spur growth or nurture development in the world?

    • Friend -  August 7, 2014 - 4:23 pm

      You are so far to be a psykopath. You Sound more like a victim Of a narcesistic parent WHO tryed to make you sick. You Are 100% normal. Find Your self People WHO Tell you that!

      • opinionated -  August 26, 2014 - 6:43 pm

        You shouldn’t tell people whether they’re a psychopath lol. You know nothing about this person. Let alone what you’re talking about. Plus you have poor grammar and spelling, your opinion is invalid. In any case good for him for feeling something.

      • lourdes ohara -  October 29, 2014 - 5:21 pm


  20. Patrick -  July 15, 2014 - 9:29 am

    As if I needed further evidence to corroborate my hunch that Psychology is bullshit.

    • edwapa -  August 5, 2014 - 9:20 am

      Mostly agree, Patrick. Psychology can provide some interesting ideas but until the ideas are tested and repeatable it isn’t useful and can easily wind up as bs as you say. I laughed as I read some of the ‘you need help’ comments, as if anybody could ascertain someone’s mental condition from an anonymous post.

    • ant -  August 9, 2014 - 7:18 am

      psychology is amazing, psychology of sport makes for dramatic comebacks due to sudden fatigue, dread and fear. While the other team has the complete opposite effect making it inevitable.

    • Ezme Green -  August 13, 2014 - 12:49 pm

      Now why would you say that? Multinationals spend BILLIONS on psychology…Why?? Because it works and makes them money…They do not waste money on snake oil. So why would you say that. Psychology would say several things the first bein that you are scared….and I would say that to. It is quite normal to dismiss something you are scared of or uncomfortable with…it doesnt mean you are right…just that you are scared.

  21. Whyismy Namerequired -  July 5, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    “The real world application of these conclusions may seem far fetched, but police departments and investigators hope to use craigslist or facebook posts to determine psychological profiles of suspects or potential criminals.”

    This statement is a bit more concerning/disturbing than psychopathic speech patterns.

    • Milton -  July 21, 2014 - 7:21 am

      I agree. What is a “potential” criminal?

      • daniel -  July 22, 2014 - 1:44 pm

        watch “the minority report”

  22. SummerRain -  May 8, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    I took a psychopath test and scored 82% higher than the average person. That didn’t surprise me, I always knew that I rationalized things far different from other people, every since I was a small child. I’m not a dangerous person by any means. I don’t think about ever hurting anyone emotionally or physically. What I do realize about my personality is that my behavior is far riskier than the average person, I take huge leaps of faith and I rarely doubt my actions as much as other people do. I’m also much more impulsive than the average person. For instance, last weekend, I decided that I wanted to go on a vacation at that very minute the thought came to my mind so I bought a plane ticket at 2:00am and was on my flight at 7:00am. A completely impulsive decision. I had a great time and met some great people too. Also, I don’t always react to things as emotionally as other people do, I’m overly logical about things. Its not that I don’t feel things, I just pick and choose when I want to feel certain feelings, my emotions don’t control me, I control them. I also read people extremely well. As soon as I meet someone, I can figure out their weaknesses and strengths very quickly. Sometimes I adjust my personality to appeal to those strengths. But I don’t do that all the time because I don’t need to. My personality is naturally very outgoing and charismatic so I only need to adjust it if I read something different about someone. I realize that my ability to read people and adjust accordingly gets me almost anything I want. I’ve gotten every job I ever interviewed for. I’ve smoothed talked my way out a lot too. Mostly stuff like talking down prices at stores or even talking people into giving me things for free. Personally, I am very offended by how they paint people like me. We aren’t some evil heartless people, we care about people and we love people too. I’m a woman, and I feel things deeply, I do, I just don’t allow my emotions to get in the way of things I want. If anything, I think non-violent psychopaths like myself have somewhat of an evolutionary advantage. We arent constrained by the same fears and doubts. We don’t conform so easily. We’re decisive, adaptable, strong willed, strategic, logical and relentless. And we’re ALWAYS success because we aren’t tied down to the same insecurities, doubts, and weaknesses as other people. That’s why non-violent psychopaths are usually CEO’s, millionaires, politicians and lawyers. We aren’t bad people, we just think differently and I’m honestly tired of people saying that I have some type of character flaw because I don’t conform to their social construct. I’m not some flawed person, I’m actually a very happy and fulfilled person.

    • Casey -  July 1, 2014 - 2:03 pm

      I’m sure pedophiles are nice people too. From what you said tbh you don’t sound like a psychopath at all just someone who doesn’t as you said live by those nastly emotions and the fact that you admit to having emotions really makes you just a normal person cuz psychopaths don’t give a flying fuck about anyone but themselves. They are devoid of emotions weather they are violent or not.
      And yeah lacking a heart does make you heartless. Lets not forget how giving and loving CEO are or lawyers for that matter. Sorry but your not getting the sympathy card for psychopaths from me.

    • Jaze -  July 10, 2014 - 7:34 am

      Narcissists and people with borderline personality disorder, both related to psychopathy in terms of the parts of the brain affected, have many of the characteristics you describe. Other personality disorders are closely related and may also be components of the same individual.

      Many professionals are fooled by people with borderline personality disorder. They are frequently extremely successful, Typically these people are thrilled that they have fooled the professional. They are usually very smart and fooling the professional helps them prove it to themselves.

      Nearly everything a borderline personality disordered person does is something to build his or her esteem. For example, shoveling snow for neighbors, fixing their electronics, putting quarters into meters for people, helping people even when they don’t need help so you can brag about it quietly, driving people to airports… all nice things in and of themselves (that is why they go unrecognized…successful person doing nice things), but, the reason is where the problem surfaces. A borderline personality disordered individual has to do it to prove to himself or herself that s/he is good. S/he has to be constantly busy.

      The classic work on this topic is Horney’s Neuroses and Human Growth…progress to character disorder…drama triangles…progress to personality disorder.People with borderline personality disorder think the other people have problems and like you say, think they, “…are not some flawed person,” and think they are, “:actually…very happy and fulfilled.” Frequently they have narcissism, histrionic and other personality disorders, too. Typically, they are successful and typically they are unaware that they hurt people and they believe lies that they tell. They often keep different circles of friends that they tell different sets of lies to. They can tell conflicting sets of lies. They are unaware that they are lying or that they hurt people. They like to control people and pried themselves in their ability to do that. They are typically impulsive and have addictive tendencies toward risky sex or toward helping people, or, toward some other type of behavior…often a thing that can be accepted as normal in our society. It is the reason it is done that is not normal. Please get help.If you feel offended, read Horney’s book, Though old, it may steer you toward seeing who you truly are. Don’t be in denial. Know your real feelings. I agree, YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON. iT MAY BE YOU THAT DOESN’T THINK YOU ARE…that’ may be why you have to keep pointing out that you are not flawed.

      I wish you well.

    • rosey -  July 15, 2014 - 3:39 pm

      m sorry to say this but you need serious help!!!

      People with such characteristics are completely oblivious to how messed up their lives are. I noticed how you said “average person” at one point when describing other people. You think you are superior to us “average people” is it? You think you have achieved grately in life because of your ability to deceive people? Lol! I must say you amuse me!! And not in a good way…

      You think that not showing emotions of hurt, fear or sadness n tears means you are strong and look at “other people” as weak because they get hurt, feel pain &maybe even cry occasionally. How pathetic!!

      I must repeat a line typed by you.. I quote “I also read people really well. I can figure out their weaknesses and strengths. I adjust my personality to appeal to those strengths”
      This clearly shows that you dont have a personality of your own. You imitate others and try to be them to adjust and with your ego and bullshit, you think you are superior.

      You think you are so smart yet you dont even know the meaning of emotions and feelings… let me help you out here..

      Definition of emotions: (copied from google)
      ” A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort”
      And you say ” my emotions dont control me, I control them”
      Im sorry to say this but you dont control them.. you just dont have emotions. You are dead inside and devoid of any kind of empathy or feelings towards anyone but yourself. You dont care about anyone so the actions or words of others dont effect you.

      You live in your own little bubble where you think you are perfect and nothing and noone is greater than you.

      I feel sorry for people like you because your whole life is a lie. You have lied so much and deceived so many that you have forgotten what living is.. you have actually started believing that you are superior to others and will not accept anything besides this. You have lived the lie for so long that you have become the lie.

      You talk about success. Yes, im sure you guys are very successful. But successful in what sense of the word success? You have a lot of money? How do you get it? Do you work hard for it? Hehe… naahh.. you deceive people and cheat people for it. You said it yourself!!!. its easy money you get because you are such a good lier… look at the examples you have given.. “CEO’s, millionaire’s, politicians, lawyers” wow!! These 4 words speak for themselves.. CEO’s.. only care about profits.. money… business.. does no work but earns the most..
      Millionaire.. well this is not a profession but yea.. it is not possible for a person doing a day to day job to be a millionaire. Takes deceiving and lying or a businesa to make u a millionaire…
      Politicians.. lol! Lawyers.. haha.. dont think I even need to say anything about these 2..
      Its amazing how you speak of sucess but not in 1 place in that long post of your did I see anything about love or friends or family. Let me guess… 1. you are single or 2. in a “relationship” with someone who has the similar thoughts and u guys are very happy or 3.u r unhappy in a relationship with someone like the “othet people” and u r unhappy n frustrated because of a lot of ‘drama’ in your life.
      If you are single.. its no suprise seeing how messed up you are…
      2. Duhh.. you are happy cz u dont care about her/him & she/he doesnt care about you… you meet when u want.. probably do more physical activities than anything that includes spending time together.. and then go on with your lives like you are single
      3. Obviously!!! He/ she is living in the real world.. wake up!!! Get to reality before he/she goes away. If they are still with you, u r lucky. Means they really love you but there is a limit anyone can take.. so make a change before you regret it one day… wont be now.. but one day you will regret it.. trust me!!!
      You can have all the success you speak of.. have loads of money… and have everything you want… but look around you… do you have anyone next to you who you can honestly say is yours? Family.. ok.. they will be there.. but why are they there? Are they really there because they want to be.. because they are proud of you?? Because they would not want to be anywhere else?? or they are there because they have to be.. family for the name’s sake!!!
      A girlfriend/boyfriend.. husband/wife???
      Someone putting up with you hoping one day their love will change you and you will love them back. or someone there for all that success you are proud of??
      Friends?? Are they really friends? ? Would they be standing next to you if you lost all that money and success tomorrow???

      Stop living the lie.. money comes and goes.. value relationships.. be honest to yourself.. only then can you be honest to others. Change while you can. You are nothing great!! All materialistic things will fade away.. what do u have left then?

      You have no idea how much your words and actions hurt people and the sad part is you dont care… don’t hurt the people who love you. Don’t use and abuse people.

      Besides, I think its best for them to realize they didnt fall in love with the hypocritical person that you are.. they fell in love with someone you portrayed yourself to be because you “studied” them and adjusted your personality to deceive them..

      but if you still have a chance, take it.. and stop living this lie.. look closer at your life… are you really happy??? What is it that makes u happy? Is it someone or something about someone or is it money or your so called success???

      You aint gona take that money to the grave.. find yourself.. and dont ruin other peoples lives.. if you cant change, dont ruin other peoples lives!!! Live alone n die alone.. dont destroy someone else!!!

      • Friend -  August 7, 2014 - 4:36 pm

        You have some angermangement issues. We all handle life differently respekt that!

      • cecelia clarke -  August 7, 2014 - 6:33 pm

        You sound kind of weird yourself. And you definitely sound as though you see yourself as “superior” to all. The guy who wrote the post which you responded to (with about 12 long paragraphs of your superior thinking) is trying…he’s examining his behavior…maybe give him a break.

      • :) -  January 16, 2015 - 8:20 am

        aaaaaaaaand that’s how you turn a non violent psychopath to a violent one, WELL DONE

    • Caaliya -  July 19, 2014 - 11:34 am

      This is the best thing I ever have read in my whole life. I think of myself as a non-violent psychopath too. I never told anybody. My whole family thinks I’m a stubborn heartless irresponsible person and almost everyone I know thinks im spoiled, because one way or another I always have my ways to get what I want. I can’t help it. When I want something I won’t stop till I have it. I sure made a lot of enemies with my behaviour but I don’t really mind, but now even my own sister turned her back on me and that hurts. It hurts to know that even my family is getting sick of me. Whenever im with them I feel like a reject. Its so stupid that I cant be who I am just because people lable “psychopaths” as killers.

      • annmariem -  July 21, 2014 - 7:59 pm

        Hello Casaliya,

        What do you feel you can do to gain your sister’s trust again? How would you hope that your sister would respond to you again? What do you feel your sister should do or say to you to gain your trust again?

        Just some thoughts to think about. Maybe post your answers and it may help yourself and others in this position.

        I wish you lots of luck. Just keep trying and things will work out.

      • Holy -  September 23, 2015 - 8:12 pm

        You don’t need family if they turn their backs on you. You can try to apologize and try to fix it but from my experience.. they use it to manipulate you. I say fuck em. Who needs em? You sure don’t… I mean you always find a way to get what you want, right? So yeah.. just make new friends and pretend they’re family… a lot of people do it. The most important thing is to be who you are or you’ll regret not living the life you wanted. Also go for what makes you happy. Move on.

    • Milton -  July 21, 2014 - 7:48 am

      I’m okay, you are ok so long as we do not prey on and take advantage of others (especially the weak and ignorant! Like so many billionaires and CEOs. Just a thought!

    • daniel -  July 22, 2014 - 2:57 pm

      wow. this was very well written. This is basically me in a nutshell. There are going to be alot of people out there that are going to come at you for everything you just said, but remember you have it figured out.
      “average people” its literally a saying like “smarter than the average bear” the world is not full of smart people regardless of what you may think. its full of average people. period. there are very smart people and very dumb people and then theres average – what society has classified as normal intelligence for the majority. thats that.

      ***ROSEY***….. YOU ARE CRAZY. to go on a rant like that breaking down every little thing she said to manipulate it into the way you want it to be heard and go at her for future relationships too… then ACTUALLY POST IT??


      I dont think all CEOS and lawyers ect are terrible people. i think its insane to put them all in a bubble like that. they are defense lawyers wanting justice, doctors trying to save lives, billionaire CEO’s giving a ridiculous amount of money away to the poor.. creating jobs for “the average’ person to sustainably live… BECAUSE of those CEO’s (at least in canada) the middle class has gained the highest and strongest per capita income in the g-7 so far, theyre the richest in the world actually. BILL GATES – a ton of his fortune gone by trying to cure malaria..
      there are obvious assholes in the world, but they do not define that characteristic, they deface it.
      i understand exactly what she saying as it represents itself as this
      “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.” – Orson Scott Cord
      it means that just because they might be smarter in areas that would help them be better or more successful than you, doesnt mean they do not love people and dont want good for the world or people around them. Just because she can turn off her emotions, doesnt mean that she doesnt have any. it means she knows when shes being ridiculous and she knows when emotion is meant to be shown and she understands that, which helps her control those emotions and even feel MORE than she used to because she understands it so well. im sure shes not flaunting it around to her friends or family but shes on the internet just explaining something about herself. my kind of girl. knows what she wants and knows how to control it.. what guy can say anything bad about that…lol. shes got a head on her shoulders instead of 10 stupid friends telling her what she should think. think about it. I think people are scared to be held accountable or to the same standards. Those people are too worried about what others think or want from them. and in reality it makes them crazy because they want to change, tell themselves theyre going to change, and then dont because of the ppl around them and what they might think… and then repeat throughout their lives. thats the definition of crazy.
      If the intent is non-violent and she means no harm to anyone than where is the harm, aside from legit crazies trying to break and analyze her into little pieces.

      • jhut -  August 7, 2014 - 7:38 pm

        Stop the hate and envy go with love and peace

    • Blythe Simpson -  August 6, 2014 - 2:22 am

      You aren’t a psychopath, u just want to seem more interesting. I loved how taking a holiday is supposed 2 be evidence of psychopathy. A holiday? Wow u really live on the wild side don’t u? Anyone can get money off stuff in shops, it’s really not that difficult. But since u base ur self-image on a test from the internet I’m guessing this will go right over ur head.

    • Hailey -  September 15, 2014 - 9:27 pm

      I don’t think I’m a psychopath, but my IQ is 180 which is one of the highest in the world. Everything comes easy to me and I always get what I want and can analyze person Just by looking at them or by reading what they say. I’m an analytical machine, far superior to any computer. In fact I’m so smart it is scary. There is nothing I cannot accomplish. A psychopath could only dream of what I am capable of.

      • adam -  February 17, 2015 - 8:23 pm

        we should all bow before you hailey super genius,intelligence is only one part of what a person is,how about a loving heart,or a good personality,or spirituality?

  23. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 11, 2013 - 3:21 am

    I have mixed opinions about this. On the one hand, if this will help police find criminals, I say, go for it! (And it’ll help me find out whether people are stalking me. I’m paranoid about online stalkers. Lol) On the other hand, I wouldn’t want people making snap judgments about my sanity (I almost typed “sainty” :) ) just because I say “because” or “um.” I mean, everyone says “uh” and “so” all the time.

    And now, a funny (and true) story: A little girl was getting ready for bed, and she said to her mom, “Too bad we’re not going anywhere tomorrow.” Her mom answered, “You don’t know what we’re doing tomorrow.” The girl said, “Yes I do. I’m a psycho.” :D (If you don’t get it, she meant “psychic.”)

  24. kim -  October 12, 2013 - 2:29 am

    You will never get a truthful answer out of a psychopath EVER!!! they cheat and believe they deserve way better treatment than they can and do ever give to anyone else. If they are doing for you they are really doing something else that you don’t see at the moment. something to better their life not yours. You will go through one legal or bank breaking thing after another with them. Charming liars they don’t know how to not go there. They blame others even when they can’t. The study your kindness and guilt you when you finally can’t take them anymore. Their goal is to wear you down and break you then cast you aside after they have sucked the very life right out of you. The only thing about the article I didn’t like was this “but police departments and investigators hope to use craigslist or facebook posts to determine psychological profiles of suspects or potential criminals.” the truth about that is that you’ll find many psycho[paths carry a gun and a badge. Look up the careers psychopaths best hide themselves in. That’s really good reading.

  25. Raymond -  July 8, 2013 - 5:49 am

    Lets be honest. It is a raging mental disease of the mind. It could be caused by brainwaves, stress breakdown, continued rejection, lack of empathy and copping knowledge etc. We aren t all experts and people shouldn t make assumptions about other people even if you think you know them or not. Everybody in this world is different and everybody in this world is treated different, well some of the selected few. Even while others strive there is also failure and learning or lack of getting back up and doing the right thing for your own sake. I think it is unfair to judge others based on looks although a psychopath is probably a phenomenon thing probably caused by past experiences etc. I Think it is more of a research thing which can be Analized-anayalized. Patterns are a way to hide or even try to conceal evidence or put forward a certain attitude such as get away from me or else. I think honest is good and truthful is even better and loyal is going the mile, I guess it depends mostly on viewpoints and getting that research to a point where that is understood and what people can do ! That’s my best answer,

    ( I am from Canada, Eh ! )

  26. Keri -  January 4, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    Interesting. I was hoping to find this type of information. I’ve always wanted to have certain ongoing text conversations “analyzed” or read by a psychologist, out of curiosity. If be happy to offer them to a study if anyone is interested. After years of interactions, I know something is very wrong and see many interesting patterns.

  27. Theresa clark -  August 6, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    Phychopaths always lie and use people like a sponge they have no internal feelings at all.They are greedy and attention seeks ,a type of competition for attention and show off and say or do anything to be the center.If they hurt some one they always say its a accident and have no remorse . When some one comes to visit they have to be the They have tp be center of attention . They set things up so you trip or fall. They are really jealous of children and seem to want to be small for the attention .When someone dies it does not affect them .when you try to talk about feelings they change the subject about something abstract . They always talk about just plain bullshit . They like spy , peek out windows and watch every move every one makes.They put women down and choose to run with someone who has low iQ.they like to bully, they are extreme cowards.They like to order others around and are affended when people don’t flatter and tell all kinds of phony stuff they want , they do not care if it’s bull . They want excitement all the time want some kind drama usually to distract from a scheme he has going.

  28. led verlichting -  July 6, 2012 - 6:00 am

    I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also visit this blog on regular basis to get updated from latest news update.

  29. Mike -  March 20, 2012 - 12:14 am

    Why are the scientists focused on so-called psychopaths? Seems like killers and violent folks, as reports in the news media show, come from all walks of life, and kill or do violence for all kinds of reasons, like the kid bullied one time too many, or the jealous husband, or the disgruntled worker, or the wife seeking a large life insurance policy, or druggie seeking drug money, or the racists…. Are they all “psychopaths”? If not, if psychopaths are only a small fraction of violent offenders, then why are they the focus?

    Paige, i think you got it right — this is all a ruse to scare and get people to accept more and more government intrusion into our private lives and trampeling our Constitutional rights!

  30. Wendy -  March 16, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    A psychopath is emotionally and socially disabled and their life is a lie so their speech is planned. It will often go around in circles and at times not make a lot of sense. They will use a lot of words to say something but not really say anything. It’s not spontaneous and when questioned, particularly about what they think and feel, some will use um and ah excessively to give them time to sort through their collection of other peoples thoughts and personalities for answers. Some will pretend to be vague instead, while others will suddenly have to do something. They cannot engage in normal conversations unless others around them prop them up which often happens. I once had a psychopath ask me to teach him how to make conversation like it was something that decorated his environment rather than something used to communicate with others. People with an abundance of empathy will, without realising it, add words to their conversation so it makes sense, or create a diversion so they are comfortable or they’ll make excuses for them like he/she can’t remember, or aren’t well. Psychopaths depend completely on other people emotionally and socially to survive and they will send out intimidating signals, or play victim to make sure people around them take care of their emotional and social needs. One thing that is more obvious in their speech is the lack of responsibility they take for anything at all.

    • Jaze -  July 10, 2014 - 7:59 am

      I concur. Especially about the speech going in circles…then, they might blame the person they are talking to for the speech going round and round!

    • kellyandkarly -  July 14, 2014 - 9:02 pm

      I am a sociopath and a lot of what you’re saying is true about the way I communicate. I do get tripped up in what I’m saying when people ask me a lot of questions and make no assumptions about what I’m saying. I will usually avoid the subject at that point and if the person won’t drop it, we will stop talking, period.

    • Tom -  May 4, 2015 - 3:31 am

      I noticed a pause everytime i or someone asked my x a question the pause so long i use to cut in and try to get the conversation going again. Then shortly after we got engaged i had realized this person had been lying to me for the entire time i knew her , and to the most discusting ness possabe.
      have still never got an appoligy


  31. Ash -  March 4, 2012 - 9:51 pm

    Main difference is : person talking to them would feel that psycho is not responding on the presented logic or thought (basically he would be lying or will base his argument on his own logic to confuse) and you will feel pathetic explaining him your logic but he would irritate and repeat his argument in response so that no further pressure is built on him amid this confusion filled with frustration in you NOT him. Basically, you in sometime you will feel and look aggressive and he would look like poor (& stupid) simple human being who is unable to get on with others’ level of communication and understanding of situations/ feelings. He achieves his goal through this strategy which is almost impossible to beat.

    • Jaze -  July 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

      Good point…lack of use of logical thinking all while thinking they are more logical than anyone else!

  32. junkindatrunk -  December 12, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    usually, social paths are kind of overly peppy and hyper, and it scares me. one time, a super peppy guy that kept making horrible jokes asked me for directions to the nearest interstate, but i asked his name, and i turned around and saw a wanted poster of him so i went to the bathroom and called the cops.

  33. Morning Star -  November 27, 2011 - 7:05 pm

    The psychopath in my extended family has always done something when speaking that I find unnerving and inappropriate. She laughs at the end of just about every sentence she utters. And there is often nothing funny about what she has just said… Therefefore, her laughter is totally inappropriate. What is this about?

    • shiloh -  May 31, 2014 - 4:35 pm

      Its the con. Her personality is invented. The laughter is a cover for mailice.

  34. Robinthehood -  November 18, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    To me if you type umm, ah, or huh, while discussing a topic other than those (mutter)utterances your some kind of____path, but I’m not sure what kind that would be though.

  35. MB -  November 13, 2011 - 8:50 pm

    Note that in this article the use of the words mentioned is within the contexts of criminals discussing their crimes; not within everyday conversation.

  36. grace -  November 9, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    I feel like a psychopath! However I don’t think that using “so” or “because” is a really good way to detect pyschopaths. What about people who just explain a lot like teachers? (Don’t do that because…., or I will visit my in-laws so…)

  37. ub -  November 7, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    wow! that means a load of my friends ”cuckoo”

  38. Cameron -  November 5, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    interesting article!!!!

  39. Rustgold -  November 3, 2011 - 11:32 pm

    Research is flawed if they’re only examining criminals. What about those who aren’t criminals?
    Are we going to now define everybody with one or two too many so’s & because’s as psychopaths based on this flaw.

    They seriously shouldn’t be making grand generalised statements like this when they haven’t done their research properly; period.

  40. j -  November 3, 2011 - 8:29 pm

    Guess Im a pyscho, two things I check off with me…Hey sweety!! guess what I found out!!! ;)

  41. Paige -  November 3, 2011 - 5:30 am

    Again, they’re trying to shove crap down our throats. The government isn’t actually trying to track down psychopaths on social networks, they’re just making pathetic excuses to keep us under surveillance. The government cares only about power and complete control. I’m not saying to become extremely paranoid and don’t trust anyone, I’m just saying, know who your friends are and try reading between the lines.

    • Jaze -  July 10, 2014 - 8:06 am

      if you were a victim of an online sociopath or BPD, you would be glad they look for these people.

  42. Elise E. -  November 2, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Now that I think about it, I only use yhe word ‘um’ when trying to describe a dream or remember lyrics to a song.

    sometimes I’ll listen to my older sister or two of my younger sisters and notice they use the word ‘like’ a lot. and it’s not when they’re describing something. why is that I wonder? :’

  43. Kat slatery -  November 2, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    Oh no! I know plenty of people who use casual phrases, but not all the time.

  44. Serge Palain -  November 2, 2011 - 4:10 am

    There are many books about this subject. Some of them are written by old FBI employees.

  45. Vikhaari -  November 1, 2011 - 10:11 am

    Interesting! Still need to beg your forgiveness, as it is not that easy to meet someone and find the person a little off. A psycho… is of different breed…–a genuinely sleek, smooth, suave and a polished and such without giving any hint of anything when they are engaged in something.

    However, from now on must look out for there speech pattern/clue.

    Incidentally, many such people are the holder in high echelon authoritative rank and all.

    Thank you for the knowledgeable, interesting and informative article.

  46. jane -  November 1, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Artemirr chill. We’re talking about linguistic profiling. Nobody’s getting played, human being’s ability to think is alive and well, and sciences are seriously advancing. Everything is fine – we’re just complaining about how the author presented the study, or the study itself.

  47. Will Norris -  October 31, 2011 - 7:56 am

    I do not agree with this, and feel this is a joke.

  48. chuck -  October 31, 2011 - 7:37 am

    The frequency and context in which that they say “um”, “so”, “because” or other such utterances was the point, not whether or not they use it. Psychos are ideal for lots of jobs, they are not all crims.

  49. Picky English Pointer-Outer -  October 31, 2011 - 7:12 am

    The manner in which your headline is written has always been problematical with me: “Can you tell a psychopath by the way they speak?”

    The word “psychopath” is singular, but he/she is referred to later in the sentence as “they.” This is very common usage, and one sees it everywhere, but it’s irritating to those of us who get picky at such inconsistencies. End of soapbox oration.

    • Jaze -  July 10, 2014 - 8:18 am

      Grammar helps communication. Thank you for pointing this subject of agreement in number out. I appreciate your viewpoint. There are many web discussions on that topic. The topic here, of psychopath identification is extremely important.

      Many of the points made may not be done with perfect grammar. None-the-less, the discussion is full of very useful information that may help prevent people from becoming victims and may also help victims recover. Sociopaths themselves, might….big emphasis on might…. go and get help, though that is not likely given the nature of the disorder.

  50. HF -  October 31, 2011 - 6:36 am

    Millions of people use disfluencies, does that mean millions of people are psychopaths?

    This is a fascinating area of study, but it appears to pigeon hole a vast amount of people.

    I consider myself relatively intelligent with a pretty good grasp of English, but every other word I say is “so”, “ummm”, or “errr”. If this puts me in the psychopath category I may as well book myself into Broadmore.

  51. Someone else -  October 31, 2011 - 6:26 am

    It’s nice that this gave a few people a chance to show off their grandiloquence but most of you seem to have missed the point and come across as quite paranoid. We all say so and um and because, nobody’s saying we don’t. What they are saying is that psycopaths tend to use these words more often. It is part of profiling, not the whole box and dice. And I bet, if need be, you’d be happy to let them use this kind of psychological insight if someone you loved was found dead or missing and there was a chance of nailing the perpetrator.

  52. WILLIAM ROBERSON -  October 31, 2011 - 5:29 am

    Uh, uh, erre, uh, hummm…

    • Jaze -  July 10, 2014 - 8:21 am


      Thanks for the smile in the middle of a heavy discussion.

  53. Violet -  October 30, 2011 - 11:10 pm

    It makes sense that a group with a different pattern of brain development would be prone to using language slightly differently…but what if it’s another anomaly causing them to speak unusually? That could be bad news for traditionally poorly understood groups like Aspies, who, while being at least as empathetic and law-abiding as neurotypicals, are known for their esoteric way of processing both language and social situations.
    Or it could even be cultural, perhaps on a more localized level than the law enforcement would be trained to consider. I know my own family has its own micro-dialect consisting of everything from divergently evolved word meanings to wholly unique “disfluency” manifestations.

  54. Scotty -  October 30, 2011 - 11:00 pm

    “Psychopaths in the study spoke of basic needs like food and money twice as much as the other subjects in the study, and they also use more disfluencies (phrases like “uh” or “umm”) to break up their speech.”

    Sounds like the OWS “protestors”….

  55. Andre -  October 30, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    What does government “protection” have to do with violating peoples’ privacy on social networks? Plethora of people get upset on social networks and make many inappropriate comments “psychopath comments”, thus making the violation of privacy in these networks to search for psychopaths ridiculous and nonsense.

  56. Pi9prick -  October 30, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    A psychologist would know that self-report questionnaires are not reliable indicators of the truth, especially in a situation where criminals might think that they will get sympathy or favorable treatment if they make themselves appear to be sick or demented.
    Furthermore, “interpretations” of interview content might be confounded by belief that the individual being interviewed is in fact a psychopath.
    After reading this article, it might seem to you that you and most of your friends are psychopathic. Take it with a lot of skepticism, and, if you’ve never studied research methodology, you’d be better looking into it before coming to quick conclusions.

  57. Nebontha -  October 30, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    Another example of modern authorities utilizing forms of sHitler’s methods, of stereotyping and generalizing specifically in this case, in order to have (poor) excuses to lock people up. Something similar to the Minority Report may soon be upon us, people.
    It’s quite funny because a lot of the commentators here make more sense than the silly fool(s) that wrote this article.
    Drinking too much shitty coffee makes for shitty theories. Find a different aspect of humanity to study over, one that will not cause people to needlessly harass each other over. I pity the introverted school kids.

  58. Patter -  October 30, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    “A psychopath…they”? This is an alarming grammatical error for a language and usage website.

  59. Luck in W -  October 30, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    Uh-oh. Maybe my next note here will be coming from a police cell.

    I have several characteristics that denote unreliable, untruthful, psychotic people:
    1. I can’t keep eye-contact with a questioner for any length of time. I was taught not to stare at people–though I guess there may be a difference between staring and just looking at someone for a long time.
    2. If I can’t remember or concentrate on something, I close my eyes to concentrate better.
    3. If I’m groping for a memory or a word, I’ll hem, haw, er, whatever.

    I blame this on failing age, but who knows? Maybe I’m actually a closet psychopath. Aargh!

    • Jaze -  July 10, 2014 - 8:41 am

      Unfortunately psycopaths are hard to tell until it is too late for the victim(s). We need some method. This “um-ah-method might not be it but suggest something else… A blood test before joining a household with a gun or before marriage or before buying any weapon or before going on line??? Suggest something else.Psychological testing as part of yearly exams at the doctors? There are two ideas. Come up with others. Brainstorm…Take all ideas before throwing any out.

      I like that you and so many others are participating in this discussion.

  60. Somebody... why do you ask? -  October 30, 2011 - 9:09 pm

    And, actually, come to think of it, this article does sound kinda ridiculous, i mean… get a grip! if this is true then i think that some certain people working in the psycology field just may have become a bit paranoid…

  61. Archon -  October 30, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    Police sieving Craigslist and Facebook will be like the neighbor of the psychopath who gets interviewed on TV. It will be a case of subsequent justification. “I lived next to him for twenty years. I never actually saw him do anything wrong, but I just KNEW that there was something funny about him.” After the police “know” who the serial killer is, they’ll trot out this study and prove how industrious and correct they are.

  62. tori -  October 30, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    Guys, the police aren’t going to search facebook for serial killers, but find a suspect and then check their facebook. We’re not all that interesting and they wouldn’t waste their time in doing so. I also thought this article was going to be a lot more interesting. I basically learned that that one kid in my english class who uses word fillers like umm and like is a serial killer…yeah right. I get that it is an example, but let’s find something more interesting in our research before publishing cool-sounding articles. kthanks.

  63. That Strange One -  October 30, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    So because I use the words ‘so’ and ‘because’ when describing things I do, I may be a psychopath? It seems that this thread of thought holds a lot of potential, but at its current stage, I doubt it will really be good for much but for making the general public paranoid.

  64. Concerned Student -  October 30, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    The grammar for the headline to this article is improper; please correct the subject/verb agreement. It’s bad enough that people read grammatically incorrect statements in news articles and on facebook. It’s horrible to see such a thing on a website for a dictionary and thesaurus…Thanks

  65. J -  October 30, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    Please excuse the typos.

  66. J -  October 30, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    I’m sorry, but what’s the point of this article? Never mind the fact that t\mental health professionals haven’t used the term ‘psychopath’ since the 1980s. Are we supposed to conclude that someone “whose self-reported tests reveal them to be psychopaths” tends to say ‘um’ a lot that anyone who says “um” a lot is a sociopath? Well then, apparently, President Obama is a sociopath. Last time I checked, though, that wasn’t listed in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders as one of the criteria for antisocial personality disorder (aka, sociopathy).

    • Jaze -  July 10, 2014 - 8:45 am

      i like your response here.

  67. Baby Powder -  October 30, 2011 - 6:09 pm

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  68. TETO -  October 30, 2011 - 5:23 pm


  69. Some Asian Guy -  October 30, 2011 - 4:30 pm

    Having the police investigate profiles is pointless. Does one not have as much time as they need to plan out a post of any kind and correct anything they see as a flaw before posting said message? For example, (even though I could very well possibly have the FBI come barging in my house in approx. 30 min.) I could be a psychopath myself and neither “so” or “because” have previously been stated in this comment. I for one would think that a psychopath would be very eloquent in his/her speech, for if they were insane enough to commit mass homicide, would they not need a method to sustain innocence or an alibi to continue on with their lives? Also, take into consideration the mind set of a sociopath. In the public eye, they could be anybody whatsoever; the neighbor down the street, the cashier at your favorite restaurant, or the coworker in the cubicle adjacent to yours (if you work in an office building). They would seem to be just like any of your other friends, however, when they are out of sight, they could have a slew of people under their back yard, possibly used as fertilizer for their garden. Thus, if someone you have known for years turns out to be a psychopath…actually, I forgot where I was going with this, but I still disagree with this article, given the examples I have stated.

    • Jaze -  July 10, 2014 - 8:47 am


  70. Loser -  October 30, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    This is scary. But I use um pretty often and i stutter between my words. But that’s not cause im a psychopath. :P I’m jus another teen. lol and i guess if they wanna stalk my FB for my safety, s’all good :D

  71. chris -  October 30, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    i find it pretty ridiculous. in today’s society young people always say things like “Like” “so” “cause”

  72. Kaj -  October 30, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    Umm… I’m not a Psychopath because if I am I would talk like a Psychopath but I don’t so I’m not a Psychopath.

  73. dude -  October 30, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    yo sup

  74. Laina Barrett -  October 30, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Note to Clara Graph who seems to think this is unjustly profiling.
    Member of the ACLU? Regardless, you have never lived through
    a psycho/sociopathic encounter, and I pray have a brush just close
    enough to one to change your closed mind.

    Most of the dangerous socios in the world are MEN. Most police
    are MEN…most victims are females who had better have their
    radar on for such. You won’t get help from the justice system,
    unless perhaps if they find a bloody body.

  75. john -  October 30, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    Although interesting, I don’t see how it will help. For one thing, (although I can understand the government monitoring craigslist) I would feel it as an invasion of my privacy if someone monitors my facebook page just to look for keywords. They already spy on our phone calls and emails, and has anyone used google earth? They can look in on us visually if they want, and they probably do.
    Second, the last thing I want is the swat team bursting through my front door thinking I’m a potential psychopath just because I use umm, uhh, because, so, and so on.

  76. yayRayShell -  October 30, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    OMG! This is epic! Post mystery related stuff more!

    Interesting yet still useful! :D

  77. Eliza -  October 30, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    Okay. People, stop having a spazz about it, of course everyone says “So, and Um” and all that stuff, but they mean about when people are talking about their crime, they are more likely to use those words.

  78. Richelle Polski -  October 30, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    How absurd. Do people really have this much time on their hands? We all use the terms “Um, uh” and we all focus on money as means to get by. Who would profile someone based on their facebook posts? Are you serious? I better look out then, because I uh, posted some, uh, crazy things on Facebook.

  79. R. Bruce Magee -  October 30, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    Ted Bundy was a psychopath who must have said, “Hello,” a lot, considering that he got 40+ women to go with him so he could kill them. I’d be concerned about the true selves of greeters at Wal-Mart.

  80. Mike -  October 30, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    For those that speak Spanish, listen to Hugo Chavez and it becomes clear that his speech characteristics are exactly as described.
    It’s really no surprise, as psychiatrists have long recognized that in fact he is a “psycho”, just confirmation from another angle.

  81. Karen -  October 30, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    anyone who wants to find out more about sociopaths needs to read: Without Conscience -The disturbing world of the psychopaths among us–Robert Hare Ph.D.

  82. Shaniquana -  October 30, 2011 - 11:55 am

    Anyone ever see minority report? I’ll bet psychopaths prefer metaphor’s to similes… Ha, looking through facebook for criminals, not evidence, but to actually find potential criminals — let’s talk about rounding up a city block to find Jews. I especially think this is lame “because” many of these things seem to suggest low emotional intelligence and psychopathic tendencies among introverts (the description of a psychopath sounds like most people with p.h.ds in something other than the social “sciences”). Emotional intelligence and studies like this are ostensibly a joke but when put in the wrong hands (like our blogger’s), under the guise of science they incite ridiculous conclusions. The worst part is that this sort of ignorant profiling is seen throughout history with usually horrible conclusions yet it remains popular, if only through other forms.

  83. Peter -  October 30, 2011 - 10:58 am

    that is way off cause i use so and uh a lot when i talk and i am pretty sure i am NOT a psychopath

  84. Corey Granite -  October 30, 2011 - 10:15 am

    OMG!!! I am involved in a long-term study of POLICE who are in the community dealing with citizens. When we applied [and, eventually discarded] the research to which you refer here, we found less than 2% of the officers were NOT” psychopaths.” It was uncanny, and you can DIY the test yourself providing you are an acquaintance of a policeman [study did not include women = another study did]. Just ask :[1] ‘Why did you originally think you could be successful as a cop?’ [2]‘ Are you a successful cop, and [3] upon what do you base your opinion? Chances are you will need a recording device to count the astonishing numbers of language behaviors and abberrances, mentioned herein. I was a cop in India.

  85. Hal -  October 30, 2011 - 9:34 am

    I find it hard to believe that police would do searches on facebook and craigslist for people who use “um” or “because” a lot. That seem’s a little far fetched.

  86. Lokken -  October 30, 2011 - 9:29 am

    thank you for the thoughtful reply. You bring up a lot of good questions to ponder. I am a fan of Meyers-Briggs. I also think the diagnosis of a psychopath should not be taken lightly, nor without the plethora of variables one’s personality is composed of.

    I also find this rather amusing, in that I am a Buddhist, and also somewhat of a grammar snob, I get very annoyed with how much the word “so” is used in our “right speech.” Even our most realized teachers use it while teaching. A lot.

    In their case, I think it is probably a need to fill verbal space…
    I sure hope Pema Chodron is not a psychopath, or I’m in big trouble.

  87. Dragonion -  October 30, 2011 - 9:18 am

    It’s frankly a little disturbing how many people are misinterpreting this article to basically mean that if you say “so/because/uh/um” more frequently than the average person then this will work as conclusive evidence that you are a psychopath.

    First or all, notice that we are not dealing with a biconditional statement: ‘psychopaths use “so/because/uh/um” more frequently than others’ does NOT imply that ‘people who use “so/because/uh/um” more frequently than others are psychopaths’.

    Secondly, if this observation will indeed be used by some law enforcement entities, it will -at best- be included as a single parameter in the profiling. In other words, if the person being investigated has raised several flags indicating suspicious behavior and ALSO matches the speech patterns described in the article above, then this may lead the investigators to maintain (or even sharpen) focus on that individual — but as a discrete observation it really doesn’t say a whole lot about whether or not the person is a psychopath.

  88. jane -  October 30, 2011 - 9:05 am

    Sadly lacking credible qualifiers. I guess Cornell’s psychology dept needs money so they’re allowing half baked theories to hit mass media. We’re talking giving millions of people a sense of licensure to judge people’s goodness and normalcy here. How irresponsible of Cornell. There have got to be dozens of other reasons people might tend to use hmm and so. It’s like saying psychopaths complained of more rashes and webMD listed 30 conditions associated with rashes; or they had more freckles than regular criminals. Rash theories presented to mass peoples are no more than discrimination in its earliest stages.

  89. Portia -  October 30, 2011 - 8:16 am

    This is one of the most absurd articles I have read, and just further ingrains into my head the ignorant ideologies that people use to say “Oh you’re different.” In the poem “Much Madness Is Divinest Sense”, by Emily Dickinson, she delves into “society’s” meanings of what ‘sane’ and ‘insane’ are, and what she writes is the truth. I acknowledge the fact that people are trying to figure out criminal minds and appreciate it, but basing facts on how one speaks is ludicrous in its own right. What next, basing facts on how one eats, sleeps, blinks … I do not believe in other humans trying to undestand the human mind, because they ARE human, so their minds are already biased and contorted and can’t possibly form the right conclusions about other HUMANS and what they are feeling, let alone what they are. Plus this article indoctrinates into the readers that one should judge somebody’s personality and who they are by just how many umms, uhhhs, so’s, and because’s they use. Who wrote this?

  90. Not Released -  October 30, 2011 - 7:53 am

    This article is so vapid and flawed, I’m wondering how anyone could take it seriously. For one, the “psychopaths” interviewed are already identified as such, so whatever they utter cannot flag them as psychopaths. This is specious, or circular, reasoning. Not only that, many people utter those same words and expressions; so, this group could not in any way represent a control group or valid sampling of people manifesting psychopath-specific speech. Finally, why the irrelevant remark about Facebook? How does it pertain at all to the content of the story? This article represents fallacious amateurism at its worst. I won’t take the bait to read this site’s “stories” again.

  91. bh2 -  October 30, 2011 - 7:39 am

    When are people going to realize that psychology isn’t science.

  92. John -  October 30, 2011 - 4:17 am

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  93. Ed -  October 29, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    I hope they use these data wisely. I would not want to see people jumping to conclusions about the way that people speak. No healthy to observe peoples behavior to closely when you don’t have the training.
    Never to be used in a social context. Researches in all areas just publish what they find and don’t appear to give a thought to what the consequences might be. Will they be to better or to the worse??

  94. Sholay -  October 29, 2011 - 10:11 pm

    Uh oh… this seems to suggest that pretty much everyone in my law class is a psychopath. They’re always talking about basic needs and using the words ‘so’ and ‘because’

  95. Jose -  October 29, 2011 - 9:52 pm

    Awesome study. I guess that for common people like ourselves it opens up a new door towards really getting to know the people around us.

  96. Angelica1234 -  October 29, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    I think it is a crock of shit! You may be able to tell someone is arrogant and or narssasitic based on this but my 10 year old uses Um a lot in his sentances and he used to blame everyone else in the world for what he did. Does that mean he is a psychopath. No It means he is narssasitic and he does not see himself as ever being wrong. There is always a rational reason for everything that is a defence mechanism known as Rationalization and even Alcoholics use that are they all psychopaths Hell no. This is just plain rediculous. If a person kills or harms someone for no reason with no remorse then they are a psychopath not if they talk like they are stuck on themselves. That is different I agree that some of them may talk that way because they are both narssasistic and a psycho however I know a lot of people who do the same thing and they are not psycho. You got to be kidding. Oh here is a way that they can tell though people who commit murder have a smaller prefronal cortex in their brain so get a brain scan of your inmates and you will see a pattern I will believe. Damn that shit was dumb that is like the doctor who told my aunt that she has parkison’s disease because she did not swing her arm when she walked. How rediculous does that sound EVERYONE walks and talks a little different.

  97. Rebecca -  October 29, 2011 - 8:26 pm

    What I’m gathering here as the general consensus based on the comments I’m reading:

    Apples are red, therefore all things red are apples.

    Come on people.

  98. David -  October 29, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    I read some of these comments stating that this article is devoid of merit, and I can’t help but shake my head in utter frustration.

    People claim that, if a person is raised by psychopaths, he will talk like them, and should therefore not be judged on his form of speech. This argument, however, fails to address the fact that a person raised by psychopaths will not only talk like them but act like them, as well. They will do what their parents do, and if that just happens to be killing a man (a crime common to psychopaths) then they can be thus classified.

    Others claim that atheists won’t talk about religion, and people who aren’t comfortable sharing their emotions won’t show guilt or sadness. I agree that atheists obviously won’t talk about religion, but it is important to remember that speaking of religion was only a generic example, and nothing specific. It is also true that there are people out there who choose to hide their feelings from others, myself included. However, there is a limit — a breaking point where no amount of human strength can act as a dam to your swelling emotions; and if murdering someone in cold blood isn’t that breaking point for you, then you’re either not human or a psychopath.

    The main argument is that plenty of people use the words “because,” “so,” “umm,” or “uhh” and that this does not mean that you are a psychopath. It is imperative to recall to mind that the article did not claim everyone who used these words were psychopaths. It merely hinted that psychopaths generally tend to use these words MORE OFTEN than most people, and not that they were the only ones who used them at all.

    Some denounce this test as a “pencil-and-paper” generalization of the human mind. However, keep in mind that these test are administered by PSYCHOLOGISTS, who have a degree in PSYCHOLOGY, a science that has studied the human mind for a substantial amount of time. The tests were probably not as simple as “how many times did you use the word ‘because’ ?” More than likely, it took into account many different factors not included in this article, probably because they were decided against as a test of insanity, and thus thought irrelevant.

    Still others claim that the clinicians who administered these tests may have had biases of their own; for example, if one of the psychopaths reminded them of a high school bully. While this may be true in some cases, it cannot be simply assumed that all the psychologists were reminded by the same kind of person of the same kind of event. Wide-spread surveys (yes, they did interview more than a few criminals) were created for just this purpose: to avoid the random bias and find the average, what happens the highest number of times, and thus create a general “best-fitting line.”

    I did not have time to read each and every single comment, and could therefore not provide a counterargument to all the misinformed assertions. However, please keep the factors I have provided in mind when criticizing a well-formulated article next time :)

  99. Lynn -  October 29, 2011 - 7:31 pm

    Yea, right. Does this make me a psychopath? I don’t empathize with others at all, and I have an irregular speech pattern. So to say.

  100. Som -  October 29, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    Psychopaths don’t differ too far from your regular selfish individual. It is after all, logical, but the immoral-sort don’t make the best friends. And having the police reading your facebook messages doesn’t make you safe, it keeps you under control.

  101. Scott -  October 29, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    Now i know how to find phycopaths

  102. Harry Mason -  October 29, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    Very narrow-minded article.

  103. Shelly -  October 29, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    This explains a lot. It sounds exactly like my son’s father. He’s a clinical sociopath. He’s never killed anyone, however, I supposed if he’s pushed far enough, he very well could be.

  104. Mator -  October 29, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    This article makes a lot of generalizations and doesn’t seem to provide much new information.

    Of course the way people speak can clearly represent their actions, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near as simple as this article portrays it. Whether or not the article correctly portrays the research is an interesting question I wish I could pursue. I hope that this article is an oversimplification as often seen in the journalistic industry in regards to scientific research (similar to the whole hype about neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light in a particular study possibly “turning everything we know about physics upside-down”.)

    But, back on the subject of speech patterns. I, and many other people I’m sure, commonly evaluate the speech patterns of other people to establish their personalities, motives, and emotions. However, there’s a lot more than just speech that we go off of. We also look at body language: gestures, expressions, posture, and movement. In the theater these four things combined with voice are the tools an actor uses to portray a particular character. Similarly, in real life these five things are those which we watch to read a persons character.

    In a span of one minute observing a stranger you can deduce quite a bit from their personality if you pay attention to all of these things. In the span of 10 seconds you can tell if they’re extroverted or introverted. In the span of 2 seconds you can tell if they’re hostile or non-hostile.

    It would be great if law-enforcement officers had this in their toolset, but I don’t think it’s necessarily proper for them to go out looking for people who fit certain criteria. At that point we start verging on an omnipotent government, which is but one step away from a totalitarian one.


  105. Solomon Grey -  October 29, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    I have considerable doubts with all of this.

    As a psychotic, I go out of my way to be fluent; I speak casually without speaking too slowly. Not only does it help to articulate, but it allows the maintenance of an almost hypnotic prosody. Disfluency is relatively uncommon among us. It is an insult to the self to have to fill in what should be ominously coherent.

    Keep in mind that the criminals were self-reporting. People in prison are desperate to salvage their egos. What better way is there than by answering questions in a manner intended to frighten? Those of lesser fortitude – with the impression that forgiveness and salvation are even relevant – find God.

    I know it makes you normals feel better to think there might be, but there is no way to accurately profile psychotics. To make any such claim to the contrary is irresponsible and sensationalistic. Remember also that the term psychotic does not automatically imply that the person termed is dangerous. The actual ratio of psychotics to normals in the free population is much higher than the ratio of psychotics to normals who are incarcerated. While misfortune is an equal opportunity hazard, it is less likely to affect the prepared. As psychotics habitually rehearse their activities – to satisfy their vanity primarily – they are less likely to be caught.

    We are everywhere, and we are inclined to hate each other far more than we would ever seek to victimize you. You are less of a challenge by comparison. For those of us aware of our condition, psychosis is the greatest facet of our identity, and to encounter another is as a disturbing, twisted, and perverse mirror. There is one significant exception: two psychotics who love each other share a bond you could simply never comprehend. Yes, we feel. It is rare and generous, like a monsoon.

    While I could talk about me all day, being misanthropic, your continued attention is less than desirable. I am sure an American Idol rerun or other vapid form of entertainment would have been more satisfying to you. Thank you, however, for these few minutes of your time – tiny pieces of you that now belong to me.

  106. Brittany -  October 29, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    Uhh umm, ya, so, um, this caught my attention because, uh, well if i ,umm, ever talk to a ,uhh, psychopath, umm, i want to know before they ,uhh, kill me, yea. Lol :)

  107. Nikki -  October 29, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    Uh… My friends call me a psychopath, and this kind of describes me… that’s awkward…

  108. Tochicool -  October 29, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Uh, umm, I don’t know that to say so…

  109. Haru -  October 29, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    “Oh interesting read” ” wow now I know how to watch out for this psychos.” are you people serious? Although the fact of using clues to interpret if a person is dangerous or not is very clever. I was expecting somewhere along the lines of “body language” or something like that. Not words like umm, uh, and so. Everybody has a speech pattern and uses those phrases as well. So if you’re telling me to rely on just 3 words to figure someone else I find that ridiculous. I am 14 years have actually dealt with mental people and will not fall this bull shit.

  110. Patrick -  October 29, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Do people get paid to write this rubbish? Of course they either try explaining a logical reason why they HAD to do it or feel guilty and try and find God for forgiveness, I think they are BOTH psychopaths! They could both do it again and justify it or ask for forgiveness – again!

  111. EM -  October 29, 2011 - 11:50 am

    I wonder how many psychopaths are running Wall Street …….

  112. Alexander Etheridge -  October 29, 2011 - 11:08 am

    So if I use the um or uh in my speech, then I’m a psychopath?? Nice.

  113. Phaux -  October 29, 2011 - 10:18 am

    “or potential criminals.”

  114. Seth -  October 29, 2011 - 9:20 am

    Actually you should be more focused on sleeping disorders…

  115. Seth -  October 29, 2011 - 9:12 am

    Usually you can just look into their eye’s and know.

  116. Seth -  October 29, 2011 - 9:10 am

    Im sorry but I do not agree, I say ummmm and so and because all the time, but then again I made straight F’s in my vocabulary and English classes, as for being a potential criminal I think actually searching for people like this is unproductive and false.

  117. P. Cook -  October 29, 2011 - 8:39 am

    Absolutely outrageous example of pseudoscience. And an even better example of the keystone cop/surveillance society engendered by this pernicious hokum. (One might take a few moments—or, who knows? maybe a whole hour!—to consult Feynman on the dangers of monkeying with the basic tenets of scientific inquiry. Speech patterns in “psychopaths”? Please…Even the irony-free dupes who nod along with crap like this would be able to notice the hilarious coincidence that the “patterns” identified in this pop/entertainment reduction of the dubious study describe cop-talk itself nearly perfectly. And, umm, if you think pigeon-holers from the government cruising FaceBook is for your good, well…hmmm. What are you going to do when their speech pattern recognition algorithms pick out Zuckerman himself as a nut?
    P.S. It’s truly disappointing that a company heretofore pretty good at delivering an online dictionary has to resort to this base agitprop to pay the bills. Why not just charge more for the service and leave the carnival-barking to talk-radio, pulpits and Washington press conferences—where it belongs?

  118. Tee -  October 29, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Interesting study, but I think to using thuis to determine criminal potential is like going back to phrenology.

  119. c -  October 29, 2011 - 6:57 am

    100% bullshit……people really believe anything don’t they.

  120. emi -  October 29, 2011 - 6:53 am

    psychopath people humm. I think “because” or any other words would make them psychopath. I mean you use those words their part of speech, its often use in reasoning, and reasoners who would most likely start with because are not psychopaths. and, Adolf Hitler for instance, he’s a linguistic type of man, a great orator.he can use other words to justify or start his analogy. they’re just probably similar because of how their mind works.

  121. diana -  October 29, 2011 - 5:47 am

    Polititions use all 4 of those words all the time.

  122. Jessica -  October 29, 2011 - 5:06 am

    I think this article is absurd. Not the content, but the suggestion that a status post on someone’s Facebook page may play a part in condemning them. Yes, certain trends may appear in psychopaths’ speech patterns, but then again outliers exist. Furthermore, many of those speech patterns are as common as anything. “So” and “Because” is used a lot just on a regular basis, as well as the disfluencies. I do not believe that something as important as a person’s sanity should be judged on something as varied, or unreliable, as speech patterns.

  123. CR -  October 29, 2011 - 2:04 am

    Very revealing article. As many commentators have stated here, it is fascinating how linguistic researchers come up with new linkages between communication and psychology, in this case, between speech and criminal profiling. However, concerning the concept of “disfluencies” as a psychopathic clue, one must exert caution with people whose primary language is not the native language. In our case, many non-English native spearkers exhibit a lot of “disfluencies” in their communication because they are mentally translating between languages.Depending on their English mastery level and experience, the “disfluencies” may be more or less marked. Do psychopaths show “disfluencies” in their speech? According to the research, yes. Are people who show “disfluencies” psychopaths, definitely no.

  124. CLAYTON NEWBERRY -  October 29, 2011 - 1:47 am

    I wonder how much of this is due to years of incarceration in a dull, routineless, government-managed institution. That’s gotta be a big factor in how the subjects respond to the investigation by these egg-headed experts from the universities– probably much bigger factor than anything inherent in the “criminal” mind. But the criminals whose minds they really need to study are in Washington DC, not on the prison yard. What surprises would turn up if the eggheaded intellectuals turned their spotlight on control-freak bureaucrats and the politicians who sponsor them.

  125. anonymous -  October 29, 2011 - 1:05 am

    This article is fairly useless as it is. It needs to be more in-depth.

  126. Rebecca -  October 29, 2011 - 12:46 am

    I started reading this assuming that the article would be about people who use more words than necessary, like “I hope I have made myself ABUNDANTLY clear,” or, “KINDLY tell your child…” That’s one of my pet peeves. Perhaps I was thinking “pompous” rather than “psychotic.”

  127. Two Buck Howie -  October 29, 2011 - 12:09 am

    Umm, so your going to let the Gestapo looking Police departments of today scan everyone’s Facebook page because they now have the credentials to pick out the psychopaths before a crime is committed. It’s just another example of the psycho-pathetic establishment, ah, umm, so, because, way of keeping good people and democratic movements like Occupy Wall Street from ruining their idea of making this country a two class system! Or, umm, maybe I need help? Naw, its them not me!

  128. zllex -  October 28, 2011 - 10:35 pm

    Pounce on a study you haven’t studied.
    Rip apart a study you disagree w/yet leave no solutions. [Any1 can tear down or say Eff you!
    If you don't agree, why list all your prejudices & yakyakyak to show us how stupid you really are [& waste time by typing lots&lots of obviousness [duh] & negativity.
    Pity the people who hafta live w/all you uneducated buffoons~~most too lazy to use Spell Check. Ack.

  129. Bob Cook -  October 28, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    Examination of TV interviews with politicians also shows repeated use of “so” & “because”, a focus on material needs including money e.g. the constant use of phrases such as “struggling financially” or “putting food on the table”, they also appear have a greater number of disfluencies than non-politicians being interviewed – leading me to concluded that the majority of politicians are psychopathic murderous criminals

  130. Bob Cook -  October 28, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    The study is called “Hungry like the wolf: A word‐pattern analysis of the language of psychopaths” and is available as a Pdf through Google scholar. It’s not very hard to read and quite short so if you’re interested…

    Even if the findings are correct (they seem to match the results of previous research) what I said about procedure in my earlier comments stands.

    Sorry it makes a great story but the study is weak.

    Now read this part of the article:

    “but police departments and investigators hope to use craigslist or facebook posts to determine psychological profiles of suspects or potential criminals.”

    Do you really think that have police departments and investigators have ever heard of the report? I doubt it, but journalist looking to make an interesting story and professors wanting to get attention… it’s called spin

  131. Eh—um—uh, what? -  October 28, 2011 - 8:18 pm

    Give me a moment.
    You know (oh, look, I’m a psychopath) the sound that a heart monitor makes when your heart stops beating? That long beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep…..
    Well, that’s what my mind is doing right now.
    *face palm* This is the worst article I have ever read (sorry Author-what’s-your-name). I just started taking psychology for my AP class and I can tell this is a piece of crap just by glancing at it; no numbers, barely an explanation, not correctly studied at all if everything that the study entitled was written—or even simplified—in this.
    First off:
    Just because you see many psychopaths (which, by the way, isn’t a term used any more—it’s now ASPD. Look it up if you don’t know what it is) say “um” and “because” to explain something doesn’t mean that its a definitive sign that they have a mental problem (even if they were already diagnosed—it just can’t be used as a ‘sign’ or ‘symptom’ for person with the problem). That’s ridiculous. Someone already pointed out they someone who is emotionally detached because of their childhood issues/abuse could easily not have emotional bonds because they don’t want to get close to another person in fear of disappointment and hurt, because they fell like they can’t be understood, or if they just don’t trust people any more. Therefore, people who are not psychopaths can easily ‘sound,’ according to this article, like a psycho. And normal (using this term loosely…) people use disfluencies all the time. English is practically a disfluency, it’s so disconjointed that I find it kinda hypocritical to even call words like ‘uh,’ ‘um,’ ‘eh’ and phrases like, ‘you know’ as ‘disfluencies.’ Pfft.
    Though I appreciate that… Oh, sorry, I was hoping that re-checking the article would show that the researchers ‘may’ think that this can identify psychopaths, but it just said that this law-enforcers ‘hope’ this study will help them look through people’s facebook and computer files. Hurrah for government corruption (shoot, I just used irony…Ummmm, uhhh… I suppose this isn’t verbal, now is it?)
    I want numbers. I want to see how many people they’ve studied—how many were psychopaths, how many were normal murdering prisoners?
    Why was this not tested on everyday people? The psychopaths that have not planned and committed any murder because they can rationally see that that is just a really really stupid idea? Or just because they like their hands clean…
    Was this only tested at one prison? HOW MANY PEOPLE? If not, how many prisons? WHY ONLY PRISONS? What, were they too scared that talking to friendly psychopaths would make them see the same traits in themselves?
    Was the author actually tipping us off? She/he basically told us that the police may be looking through people’s private information.
    Thank you, Author-what’s-your-name
    Who the hell said that the convicts were experiencing guilt? Excuse me? Police can mind read now? What it should say is that the ‘prisoners who expressed signs of guilt.’
    This obviously wasn’t supposed to be a case study, so there really should have been more samples. Or at least give a tiny hint of how many people they actually bothered to test. This just seems like really badly covered case of laziness… I should know, I’m extremely lazy, but at least I learned how to hid it from my teachers. My parents on the other hand have repeatedly told me to finish my essay on religions that I was actually going on to this site to find a word for ‘sacrifice’ (I was too lazy to search my brain for more words than ‘kill,’ ‘murder,’ ‘ritual,’ and ‘creepiness’). I also happen to be a procrastinator that some of my teachers are initially surprised about… but then eventually not,,,
    This study should have been done through naturalistic observation. Though would that be against, you know, the law to stalk psychopaths and normal people to figure out their differing speech patterns?
    Uh, yeaah, but at least it would have shown better results and a better methodology than this… I don’t even know what to call it. Oh, looky there—I’m in need of a dictionary! If only, if only…
    I’m losing my train of thought, I’m getting bored (I get easily bored, I lack motivation—I’m a suppressed introverted gifted kid, I swear! Funny actually, I thought I was a psychopath for a day last year when I decided it would be more entertaining than my math homework to figure out why I was pretty indifferent about my uncle’s funeral. I actually forgot to take into consideration that I only met the man once and I’m not the type to just start crying when I’m watching a man play the star-spangled banner on a trumpet. There wasn’t a coffin, just a jar that didn’t even look like an urn, so I guess I just didn’t really feel like I was staring at someone just just died. But after that little scare I was okay because I started crying when I heard this song that was supposedly from 14000BCE. Its on youtube actually, and I couldn’t stop bawling, it was really embarrassing….thank God, no one was home, I would have died of shame. Er, anyway,,,)
    On the other hand, I have to respect Roxy and look at it from her perspective.
    She said that she studied a psychopath(s?), her husband, for ten years, so who am I, a fifteen-year old kid who is procrastinating on her English assignment, to argue with her? Just by hearing what she experienced is able to sway me on my view that this article is complete BS. I liked the ‘own reality/world’ description of a psychopath—it helps to visual what a person with the mental condition is going through and better understand that they are not just on a higher level of sane than we are because they don’t have emotions or empathy to mess with their focus and thinking.
    So, my opinion on this is that the article is crap, but the study needs further research and articles or reports such as this to be in better detail to cause less confusion and just all around annoyance.
    Hold on a sec—isn’t there something in the ethical guidelines (American-something-something-something— or something with American in it. And there’s a British one…) that says that research is suppose to be given to the public fully and whatnot and let society decide what to do with the research? Well then, I want some records and archives or whatever on this research so that I have an interesting thing to use as my procrastination material! And I’m sure that other people who are interested or other psychologists would appreciate it.
    My sister just walked into the room and told me it was Friday. Noooo (I mean, YESSSSSS!), I swear that I thought it was Thursday! My parents are torturers, they like to do this to me! Great, I would have woken up early and would have walked to the bus and realize that no one is there and I would have panicked and…
    I’m going to sleep now. Bye.
    (remember, I’m fifteen, tired, so everything I could have said in here could be completely wrong… why did anyone bother to read all of this? Jeez… but congrats, I think…)

  132. ViC -  October 28, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    I use a lot of ‘so’ and ‘because’ when I’m talking…
    And I do hope that’s coincidence.

  133. kaka -  October 28, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    WOW now that i know that….. i think a lot of people i know are going to become criminals

  134. Satatorious -  October 28, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    I find it interesting that this study was completed on psychopaths in prison. As proven in many studies, psychopaths are some of the most intelligent people on this planet. After living with a psychopath I can tell you that they can and will imitate any behavior that fits their needs. This includes mimicking emotions, empathy and language. They think through everything they do resourcefully and because they are detached from their emotions, their thoughts are not distorted or clouded by their feelings. Accordingly, they do not often end up in jail. These people are very hard to read because most of us associate our thoughts with feelings although this is not commonly dictated by our use of language. This is why we so often have the proverbial mass murderer living down the street and all anyone can say about him is…”oh, he was SUCH a nice guy! I can’t believe it!” I can almost guarantee that given this same study on the exact same prisoners, after they have read this study, all of their actions of language will have changed. Police will never be able to profile these people because authorities are governed by too many rules including the rules of language. Do psychopaths follow rules? If not, how can we create a study based on a set of rules to categorize people who have none?

  135. Lily -  October 28, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    This was inaccurate. Some people are more drilled in grammar, and frequent public speakers rarely say “uh” or “um” because it makes for less impressive delivery. This would also implicate all job-lovers who work in economics for talking about money. In addition, there are atheistic and agnostic psychopaths. Some psychopaths don’t even care to justify their crime by blaming it on something else, like religion. This didn’t convince me. There is no such thing as “regular” speech. There are no two people that speak exactly the same way. This article also made people illogically paranoid about their speech patterns. Really, people? If you can feel empathy you aren’t a psychopath. And conversely, having a stutter does not clear you of the possibility of this mentality. Behavioral tendencies and your personal outlook are going to tell you much more than your speech patterns. In general, self-diagnoses aren’t very accurate anyway.

  136. Blaine -  October 28, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    Do these people realize that, when a baby speaks, it sometimes sounds a lot like “so” or “uh” or “um?” I suppose that this is meant to mean that even infants are psychopathic. How could this be reversed? How could we reduce the number of psychopaths in society? Population control!

  137. iam dtaunt -  October 28, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    uh, um, i mean, uh, does this count when someone reads from a teleprompter? perhaps we should do a “uh” ‘n “um” count on obama’s next speech?

  138. hihihi..brrr -  October 28, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    SOOO… i think dictionary.com should change the way how they put words here. Majority of the people/commentators dont seem to understand or get it, or misinterpret. Im reading here almost everyday for your new articles, then everyday there are these people who doesnt get it.

  139. George -  October 28, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    ………I know someone who fits this profile perfectly…….

  140. lalala -  October 28, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    Definitely the judgments should be logical, and it is not meant to say that whenever you use the disfluencies, it automatically tells you that you’re a psychopath. Surely it would be based for numbers of analysis thru logical exams before one can tell that u are a psychopath. Dont be paranoid people. :)

  141. Sonya -  October 28, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    I now understand why my DM (he’s a psychologist) tends to use weird talking when acting as a psychopathic villain.

  142. Ivan -  October 28, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    This won’t work. I believe banning anything that alters the brain will work, all these physcopaths will die someday. But in the mean time, I suppose you can judge them on the way they present them selves. HaHa

  143. Tyler -  October 28, 2011 - 2:57 pm

    It’s settled, then: every introvert must be imprisoned. I’ll see you all in twenty-something years.

  144. k -  October 28, 2011 - 2:28 pm

    SOOOO because you use words like “so” and “because” and have reasons to methodically act on an emotion that you manifested your a psychopath, but if you regard to your religion and feel sorry for doing a crime based on your emotional outburst your not… and SO BECAUSE you mention food and money in your speech regarding a crime (probably lacking the two) your also a psychopath.

    I would deem anyone who agrees with this post a psychopath.

  145. sherryyu -  October 28, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    wat a radom topic! ;)

  146. Svenjamin -  October 28, 2011 - 2:00 pm

    Come on, people! Just because you use “so” or “because” doesn’t mean you or someone else is a psychopath. Read the next sentence, it’s the context that can be telling. The way a criminal rationalizes an act is what the article refers to here. To me, it sounds like a psychopath explains their decisions as if they had no other choice, “I did this because it was a means of survival.” or “I needed something badly so I took it and I have no remorse.” Seems to me that attempting to profile potential criminals from a Craigslist or Facebook post is a slippery slope and would most likely only be used as supporting evidence not as incriminating evidence. I don’t like the idea of Big Brother either, but just remember to analyze the context, too.

  147. The Train of Funk -  October 28, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    I just read Lily’s comment up there^^^ and now that i think about it, a lot of my friends and acquaintances use disfluencies all the time (including me, as i said before). Maybe it isn’t because they are mentally unstable that they use disfluencies, but because they’re intelligent. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but me and my friends use “uh” and “um” while we are thinking of a more appropriate word that fits the sentence. Maybe they are unstable because they know too much. That can mess with a person’s head, you know.

  148. The Train of Funk -  October 28, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    I use “uh” and “um” in nearly every sentence i say. Also, I’m paranoid…I hope that isn’t a sign of something……I mean, I always knew i was special, but…

  149. Charlotte -  October 28, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Hmmm, interesting, but it wouldn’t be 100% reliable would it. I mean I use so, and because a lot, and I don’t think I’m a psychopath, but who knows?

  150. LechDharma -  October 28, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    I agree with “EM” above. Narcissists come in two basic types: “somatic narcissists” and “intellectual narcissists.” The intellectual narcs learn how to use language to manipulate people in order to get their “narcissistic supply.” The better ones learn how to edit their language and to mimic affectation (that they don’t actually feel)so they will appear “normal” and not give themselves away. Really good intellectual narcs can even fool their therapists. I don’t think this “study” really has much merit identifying psychopaths from their language patterns.

  151. Kate -  October 28, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    i think i’ll just stop talking all together….

  152. Lucie Palmer -  October 28, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    A disappointingly inconclusive and misleading article – even dangerous, if it prompts people to judge others on such inconsequent premises.

  153. Polemyx -  October 28, 2011 - 11:58 am

    This is pseudo-science psychobabble–just another version of phrenology.

    Anyone “amazed” by this article needs to research “logical fallacies”, and look specifically for “irrelevant conclusion” and “non sequitur”. “Psychopaths say “um” and “uh”, therefore anyone who says “um” and “uh” is a potential killer!” The police have got to use this new, undoubtably vital and oh-I-can’t-scream-loud-enough true information to protect all us poor, weak, just-waiting-to-be-slaughtered unfortunates!

    Why did the chicken cross the road? To kill the farmer, murder his family and use his truck and guns to rob liquor stores! There’s a study! No, really! The Agriculture department MUST set up road patrols to stop these foul, fowl murderers!

    Get a life, people, then invest in a mind.
    Oh, and a sense of humor, umm, that’d be nice, too.

    P.S., eat more chicken.

    (And keep splitting your infinitives; un-split, undamaged infinitives are a sign of an educated, knowledgeable—but exact, and therefore dangerous, mind!)

  154. Archon -  October 28, 2011 - 11:53 am

    @ Random Poster

    The word is reckless, as in reckon = consider, plan. Wreckless, is a safe driver.

    @ Danny

    Do you really feel this study is any more legitimate than Phrenology? There’s a new one becoming more common, called Irridology, where they scan your eyes and make judgements based on the layout of the blood vessels at the back of the eyes. Ooh, more mumbo-jumbo!

    @ Fred

    “People are smart enough not to absorb this crap”? Ya daft sod. Just look at some of the posts on this thread. They’ll not only absorb this crap, they’ll go looking for more and different crap to absorb.

  155. Myschtifiet_unt_Konfuscht -  October 28, 2011 - 11:47 am

    I meant to say: smite the Sun. a Freudian slip, I suppose.

  156. Myschtifiet_unt_Konfuscht -  October 28, 2011 - 11:43 am

    Absurd! Absurd!

    I would sooner smite the son. So, see I got that goin’ for me.

    When I use those words, I’m just imitating bill murry. So lock me up. Fools! Such fools. Dangerous fools. Listen:

    Anyone who thinks to marginalize a human being for using words such as: so, see, oh, path or because, is to stupid to vote and a danger to be so suggestible and misinformed.

    Psychopath- i commend your comment. Well spoken. Touché.

  157. Kel -  October 28, 2011 - 11:33 am

    This is ridiculous.

    Although I am less in-touch with my emotions and generally have less empathy than most people, I am not a psychopath. I once wondered if I was a psychopath, so I researched it, and found out that if I was a psychopath, I wouldn’t care enough to research it!

    According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am INTJ (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging). A lot of INTJs and other NTs in general may be wrongly accused of being psychopaths simply because we take our emotions into account much less than other personality types.

    Also, since when is being a psychopath – in and of itself – a crime? It’s not. Police cannot detain you simply because they suspect that you’re a psychopath.

  158. Brianna -  October 28, 2011 - 11:27 am

    Well, I agree for the most part with a couple of statements made by my fellow dic.com nerds. Not all psychologists that conduct “research studies” have a completely objective view on things that have to do with the human mind and how it functions. One thing we can all agree on is that it is a complex mystery. Most “diagnosed” social disorders are hoopla anyway. I mean taking a Bean-O just because you have a lot of gas? Chances are it was something you ate. Being diagnosed with severe depression? Its ridiculous in 1770 there weren’t as many recorded cases of these mental disorders; even psychopathy. These are labels created by the society that is always pushing to set a code or standard of living for every individual out there. When will these people realize that all of those so-called societal standards -similar to prerequisites in college or the induction process of becoming a frat-boy/girl- are just delusions of the mind? Frankly, if they are truly intelligent and have illusions of being mentally superior to us, then why did they not think of that first (societal standards being the grand delusion)? Stick two vitamin B12 complex, for your nervous system and think about THAT before you diagnose (label) anybody lol.

  159. Strawberry -  October 28, 2011 - 11:24 am

    They don’t mean that simply saying “so” and “because” makes you a psychopath. I’m pretty sure they mean something like this:

    Psychopath: I had to kill them because I had no other way to achieve my goals. I killed them so I could reach my goals.

    Psychopaths explain the reasons why they killed someone as though it is logical and the only thing they could have done; they try to make you sympathize and understand why they did it. And they truly believe it was the only/best option.

  160. Socrates -  October 28, 2011 - 11:18 am

    “They (Psychopaths) tend to see people as means to their own ends, rather than as individuals.”

    Isn’t that the rule rather than the exception these days, and not just on Wall Street? Yes, there still are some truely wonderful altruistic people. However, we consider them precious finds, if/when we are lucky enough to encounter them. They seem to be this rare nowadays. This wasn’t always the case in America, the generous. But the (Gen-X) “me-generation”, by definition, has pretty much done away with that caring attitude.

    Yet, to categorize all of the “me first” people and “users” as psychopaths or sociopaths, seems to be an exaggeration and perhaps an insult. Such labels are dangerous anyways, because they make it hard for people to redefine themselves. Yet, we can only hope, for society’s sake, that the pendulum will eventually swing back, and more people will rediscover humanity and the “Mensch” in them for the first time again. Who wouldn’t prefer America the beautiful & generous to America the ugly & greedy?!

  161. Sennuba -  October 28, 2011 - 10:54 am

    “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12: 34).
    So, a person’s future actions can relatively be surmised or predicted by
    the regular kind of speech he uses. Or, I can assume what manner of man
    he is by his vulgar speech. Is he inclined toward violence or perversity?
    Listen to what he says, and the adjectives he sprinkles his speech with.

  162. Nichole Miller -  October 28, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Although I found this article extremely interesting, the thought of using Facebook and craigslist to “track down” potential criminals using this strategy makes me giggle until my sides ache. REALLY? Cuz…um…well… I speak that way sometimes (only when I am not paying attention to it) but I very rarely post my comments that way. And I most certainly do not have people tied up in my basement! I also have 4 teenagers that use um, huh, well, and like in an alarming abundance…Does that mean I am raising psychopaths in training a should be getting them all some immediate help? Is the mental health of my children in danger? No. It merely means that we are in a society where language has become lazy. So…um…take it however you wish. Have a fantastic day! =)

  163. mommabear -  October 28, 2011 - 10:36 am

    Makes you wonder about certain politicians, especially in the current administration, huh?

  164. Cimoreen -  October 28, 2011 - 10:23 am

    Wow, there are a lot of paranoid people. As if they would only use this type of profiling. This is just another useful tool to recognize patterns. There are plenty of other ways to “out” a psychopathic personality. It’s called due diligence, people.

  165. vick rogers -  October 28, 2011 - 10:16 am

    lol thats not true i say “so” alot. i say it wen i run outta stuff to say to somone and want them ta talk about somthin. i say “uhhh and ummm” all the ime to not “because” im a physco but a little slow to answer somtimes. so i call bullshit on this one.

  166. bobby -  October 28, 2011 - 10:06 am

    so.. ummm. just because uhh i say these things i’m a psychopath? good to kno

  167. Lily -  October 28, 2011 - 9:54 am

    An interesting article that doesn’t give us enough information about the fascinating study to actually pass judgment on it. It’s easy to pick apart the study in the cursory explanation they’ve given here, but we don’t know the parameters. However, I was also struck by the fact that out of the many university professors I’ve known (having been married to one) that this brief description sounds very much like how they speak in public & often in private- lots of “because,” “so,” “um,” & other various disfluencies. In fact, the gentleman I was married to is a communications professor & I laughed heartily that the very descriptors Dictionary.com chose to point out are his trademark, as well as several of my best friends who are philosophy professors. I wondered immediately if Jeffrey Hancock, who lead the study, noticed the similarities, or if it was obvious there was a larger discrepancy than these little tidbits that Dictionary.com glanced over. Again, interesting article that should make us go investigate, not suspect all who stumble over their speech, searching for their perfect word to explain their thoughts.

  168. geni.k -  October 28, 2011 - 9:51 am

    Trolling FB and other social media sites for the aforementioned speech patterns seems like folly. Generally, individuals do not include disfluencies in writing, unless that writing is fiction. …Actually, social media arguably is fiction…. Never mind. ;)

  169. Anna -  October 28, 2011 - 9:37 am

    So, um, you think this will, uh, help police officers convict criminals? Because, uh, that’s great, so that we’ll help, uhhhh, people. Ummm…so, yeah.

  170. Cici -  October 28, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Wow… That’s something to look out for.

  171. Jasmine Meza -  October 28, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Completely erroneous and flawed. As any psychology buff will tell you, the use of irony and deception is not intentionally evil but rather a means to mentally block emotional pain they are experiencing either from the crime or a bad childhood. Some are abused as children and suffer emotional issues (ie. not able rather than not willing to bond with other people on an emotional level). In other words, they are deceiving themselves rather than those around them; deception is a coping mechanism they developed to deal with a world they do not belong in. It is the result rather than the cause. The use of causal phrases is also because the mind has blocked emotion completely so that only logic remains. It does not mean that they are methodically plotting murders. As for the “disfluencies,” how many of us do not use these in our daily speech? And have the so-called experts considered the fact that perhaps they were nervous during the interviews…or even too uneducated to even string intellectual-sounding words together?

  172. zhou tian -  October 28, 2011 - 9:12 am

    Yet another way for the establishment to profile its citizens. Good work, not.

  173. Roxy -  October 28, 2011 - 9:06 am

    I got to “study” a psychopath or sociopath up close and personal for 10 years. I was married to one and believe me those language and personality markers are quite accurate… It is hard for them to distinguish between true reality and their own little private reality which they tend to surround themselves with… If you interrupt their thought process with true reality they seem to get angry and upset… I found that they don’t tolerate any kind of change that they aren’t in total control of… The psychopath I lived with was also a pathological liar…

    But… “Oh my, that wasn’t his fault that the whole world was crazy and he was the only sane person alive!”… That is what he actually believed! The psychiatrists, the judge, me, my lawyer, my family,his lawyer, his family… Everyone was crazy except him!

    One sad fact that you always must remember when dealing with people like this… Is: Crazy people don’t know they are crazy… They can’t even ask themselves the question: Am I crazy? They can not even question the notion that it might be them… That is because in their little world no one else exists… Not really… That is why they have don’t have normal emotional bonds with others and also why they don’t have empathy for others. Other people just aren’t real, they don’t have lives outside of the psychopath’s knowledge of them. It’s like they are cartoon characters in the psychopath’s world. When people leave the presence of a psychopath, they disappear… It is kind of like how infants and toddlers perceive the world… As a normal child develops this perception changes and other people become separate from their lives… A psychopath or sociopath does not develop properly… Now whether they are born that way or it is learned behavior or quite possibly what I believe… Both. That is a nature versus nurture question… personally I believe it takes both aspects to create an actual psychopath… Nature and nurture… as in the case of my ex-husband…

  174. Bob -  October 28, 2011 - 8:58 am


  175. tonichi -  October 28, 2011 - 8:50 am

    There must be a lot of kids in elementary and high school who are PSYCHOs — because they talk peppered with UHHs and UMMs. LOL.

  176. Patricia -  October 28, 2011 - 8:33 am

    This article makes teenagers look like psychopaths, I must admit.
    However, it does make sense, I believe there should be further research into the speech patterns and identification of other people, by way of interest and sensing danger. Very neat.

  177. jfarc -  October 28, 2011 - 8:22 am

    I’m quite sure if these idiots(who performed this study) study the wardrobes of various criminals in colder climates, let’s say murderers for the sake of argument, they would find that most of the murderers wore a warm coat when they committed their crime.

    Therefore, anyone found wearing a warm coat is then more likely to be a murderer!

    One does not cause or affect the other!

  178. john -  October 28, 2011 - 8:00 am

    This is BS. They say um? That means anyone giving a speech is an imminent murderer because they say it incessantly. Oops I said because… this is the worst article ever.

  179. Elise E. -  October 28, 2011 - 7:57 am

    I know I shouldn’t, but I once made an opinion about a person I didn’t realy know based on his speach and I turned out to be right. No, wait, two people.

  180. Stone Butterflies -  October 28, 2011 - 7:55 am

    No!! We’ve given up enough of those rights in the patriot act!

    @This article:
    This is really interesting, but seems pretty inconclusive. More definite ideas seem to be needed…in high school, I hear many because talking in little more than disfluencies and lining up all sorts of reasons with “because.” “I didn’t do my homework because…”
    However, interesting article, and I’m going to look into this more.

  181. Ellen -  October 28, 2011 - 7:51 am

    Interesting. Nothing definite and very general thus, I must conclude that further study is mandatory, but only by ‘willing’ participants in a study. Forgoing peoples private lives through their speech for which they choose to ‘post’ on FB, My Space, etc…is in my opinion pointless due to the differences in actual speech vs. what people choose to write/post. Not to mention I believe you might have a problem on your hands when it comes to ‘privacy’ matters. Not everyone is going to be ‘oll korrect’ aka O.K. with their posts being used in ‘research’ without their consent or knowledge.

  182. ed -  October 28, 2011 - 7:35 am

    Anybody look at politician speech patterns. Seems that would be riddled with self interest.

  183. Galt -  October 28, 2011 - 7:24 am

    Didn’t want to get political with this, but has anyone listened to the president speak? “Uhhh, uhhh, because of the Republicans…” Just saying…

  184. joe -  October 28, 2011 - 7:23 am

    umm, uh, I am hungry, so where is my money, umm, because I need to eat, now!! Do I qualify?

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  186. Col -  October 28, 2011 - 7:19 am

    ”Defined by psychologists, a psychopath is someone who does not forge the emotional bonds that normal people do and do not empathize with others. They tend to see people as means to their own ends, rather than as individuals.”

    Uhm, The second ‘do’ should be ‘does’. And ‘they’ should be ‘He or she’ or ‘The psychopath’, seeing as the first sentence referred to the ‘psychopath’ singular….
    I use ‘but’ a lot in my writing, too….
    Interesting though. (‘Though crops up a lot too..)
    This is a great site, by the way.

  187. KENEDAL -  October 28, 2011 - 7:19 am

    Yet another industry created to keep the psychologists in work. The conclusions are bullshit unless they account for 100% Otherwise the exceptions will suffer. Then they will use the ‘we still dont know everything’ excuse to continue ‘researching’ ,writing papers and making a career out of this ‘hunch’. Perhaps they are the true coldblooded academic psychopaths!

  188. Harvey Wachtel -  October 28, 2011 - 6:43 am

    Uh-oh. Better watch out for Thumpkin, the may-be “introverted psychopathic engineer” :-) See, among others, NYT article “Why Are So Many Terrorists Engineers?”http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=engineers%20%20terrorists&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2010%2F09%2F12%2Fmagazine%2F12FOB-IdeaLab-t.html&ei=pa-qTsf4L-bW0QH72LWkDw&usg=AFQjCNG414_89FXZtbozid10XoQmBovKiA. Dilbert, too, for that matter.

    Seriously, these correlations are interesting but the “authorities” have this frightening tendency to think they mean much more than they do. The excesses to which the PATRIOT act has been put provide ample evidence.

  189. dont care -  October 28, 2011 - 6:42 am

    Just becasue someone created the word psychopath it doesn’t mean that such a thing exists–psychologist are just people who are so full of themselves, and so “superior”, that they think they can classify the others, the inferior ones–the canaille, the mass, the non-psychologists, the ignoramuses…

  190. Jenna -  October 28, 2011 - 6:30 am

    Fascinating article, I would love to read more on this.

  191. Angela -  October 28, 2011 - 6:28 am

    i think this is interesting. although i use umm so and because a lot. i dont think its true that just because u use so a lot doesnt mean ur a psychopath. i most definitely am NOT a psychopath.

  192. smoothius -  October 28, 2011 - 6:24 am

    so, uhm, do you have any money? because, uhh, i’m hungry

  193. John Doe -  October 28, 2011 - 6:21 am

    Sounds an awful lot like thoughtcrime to me. Doubleplusgood!

  194. Fred -  October 28, 2011 - 6:00 am

    I was expecting a bit more detailed explanation on understanding criminal minds, not expecting to just see the words “SO”, “Because”.
    How can you just rely on these two words as these are used on a regular basis by many people.

    The article on this Psycopath topic should be clear or should not have published this rubbish to make people believe with a narrow minded thought..

    Some time later in the future, another ambitious and less capable person in the field would publish another article rubbishing the current one and the pattern goes on and one..

    Stop fooling people with daft articles of yours, people are smart enough to not to absorb this crap.

  195. danny -  October 28, 2011 - 5:59 am

    i like how they used a phrenology model for a picture of a legitimate study haha

  196. ro -  October 28, 2011 - 5:59 am

    be on the lookout when theres the next press conferance at the whitehouse ha ha ;-)

  197. ro -  October 28, 2011 - 5:55 am

    next time how about a study on how an intelligent person wipes there bottom!

  198. CALLMASTER -  October 28, 2011 - 5:44 am


  199. Daquarious Jones -  October 28, 2011 - 5:24 am

    Well now ya know……now im gonna have to actually pay attention to that

  200. jose de claro -  October 28, 2011 - 4:05 am

    nice job hancock.

  201. Julie, J.A.B.'s Freelance World -  October 28, 2011 - 3:49 am

    I think this post is somewhat helpful. However, even some of the most compassionate people of this world get to the point once in awhile where they do not have empathy for others.

    I just don’t know if I could ever judge someone solely on how they speak. I myself have said things I didn’t mean when I was mad. But I never killed anyone and don’t plan to.

    Does those mean or off-the-wall things I said mean I am a psychopath? I hope not. I did apologize though, because I do feel remorse when I realize I’ve hurt someone. Sometimes too, people who are working through emotional issues may put up walls.

    I am just not understanding this article entirely. It does have some value but I have been a person who often would stereotype others based just on the way they talk. There is a possibility of being too paranoid sometimes.

  202. Shades -  October 28, 2011 - 3:38 am

    Uhhh… I use some of those phrases… NOOO! I’m a killer. Lol. I think this study is so-so as some have mentioned.

  203. Brushfire -  October 28, 2011 - 3:37 am

    police departments and investigators hope to use craigslist or facebook posts to determine psychological profiles of suspects or potential criminals.

    ^ I find this extremely sinister. Anyway, the way someone writes differs vastly from the way they speak.

  204. T -  October 28, 2011 - 3:15 am

    It should be noted that this is just one piece of the collective that aids in identifying patterns. The more individual indicators that come together the clearer the pattern. One simple indicator such as a casual speech pattern identified in the article could be the difference between a prevented disaster and hindsight being 20/20.

    We will never know all the prevented harm we’ve averted, but this a small step in the right direction.

    Now, was this study designed well enough that the findings might make their way into the diagnostic criteria for that new DSM – V that we are STILL waiting for…?

  205. mary -  October 28, 2011 - 3:13 am

    OOOHHHH,,,,,ITS PRETTY AMAZING,,,im now watching on my sentence pattern..

  206. Nats -  October 28, 2011 - 2:13 am

    Cool! Another credit to facebook. Their site can be the best venue to determine “potential criminals”. I should support it because some of the crimes’ cause is facebook. Goodluck guys

  207. Shane -  October 28, 2011 - 1:56 am

    This article seems designed to play to the insecurities of all of us who visit this site everyday to learn words. Most of us are probably well aware of how often we say ‘um’, ‘so’ and ‘because’—a lot.

  208. Postman -  October 28, 2011 - 1:08 am

    A good read. Psychopaths are too clever and complicated to make conclusions about with such a short article.

  209. Archon -  October 28, 2011 - 12:35 am

    In a nearby city, a couple of years ago, a twelve year old girl was raped and murdered. Police arrested a 26 year old man who lived in the neighborhood. Residents found him”strange”. He had an odd way of speaking and acting He had no friends, he lived with his mother and he played the oboe. You know how dangerous those oboe-players are! There was no actual physical evidence to link him to the crime. Police arrested him and “interviewed” him for 43 hours. (Read harassed and threatened) He absolutely denied any connection to the crime, but couldn’t remember exactly where he was or what he was doing when the crime took place.

    The police charged him and took it to trial. He was convicted and sentenced to 25 years with no parole. After about four months in local jail while an appeal was launched, before he got shipped off to a Federal prison, somebody finally processed some DNA and found that it matched a known sex offender. The conviction was overturned and he was released, with his life in a shambles.

    Some author got the smart idea to interview members of the jury to find why they had convicted an innocent man. It turns out that 11 jury members ranged from straight acquit, to, didn’t feel sure beyond a reasonable doubt. They were led by a single forceful woman who coerced them to vote guilty. Her justification was that, when his interview was read into evidence, he was quoted as saying, “I didn’t have anything to do with that, at all!”, and anyone who kept using the phrase “at all” was obviously guilty, and lying about it. Sometimes speech patterns are just speech patterns.

  210. Psychopath -  October 27, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    First of all, I think this is a rather curious article. I mean, to label psychopaths as people who use “so” and “because” too much and having the police investigating through social sites like facebook to prove a person to be a psychopath is preposterous. Judging a person by their use of words and their status on facebook shouldn’t be how you profile a psychopath! Just because I’m the kind of person who use “because” too much in a sentcence, does that mean that I am reasoning my crime? or maybe my mental dictionary is limited to only a few words. There can be many reasons for things like this and honestly this article explains how there are some people in the world who come up with the most obviously stupid excuses to spy on people and degrade them. It seems as though the police are running out of ideas and looks like they are just incompetent. The mind of psychopath is just to vast and distorted to be encased by people who try to define a person through their facebook accounts and their limited terminology. I guess that makes us all psychopaths because don’t we all do that?

  211. Random Poster -  October 27, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    In response to, Annonnymmous
    “Wait, why do the investigators have access to Facebook posts in the first place?
    Surely you don’t mean to tell me that those stupid conspiracy theories are true?
    You know, the ones about Facebook being a way for the government to keep track of us?”

    And in response to, “but police departments and investigators hope to use
    Craigslist or Facebook posts to determine psychological profiles of suspects
    or potential criminals.”

    It’s not about a ‘hope’ to use anything; [it is] happening!

    Of course they are true; that has been the plan almost the entire time!
    Just think, no exaggeration, they have half the world on that site at their grip!
    How could they not think about or want to control and record the world?
    It is being done all the time. Being on Facebook hinders your chance of getting
    a job as well, in which the person who are hiring new emplyees at jobs
    (despite being a form of invasion of privacy [they don't tell you this])
    bring up your info on your Facebook, and if they see something they
    do not like or if you come off as unprofessional/not presentable,
    then they won’t hire you!

    The privacy policy on Facebook is sugarcoated with lies. If you think
    the message in this Article is psychotic or makes no sense to you,
    then you have not yet met those leading Facebook.

    It’s been said many a times, “The blind world needs to wake up already!”
    But alas! it will never come to be, and people will continue to run wrecklessly
    into these cleverly placed traps.

  212. Soph -  October 27, 2011 - 11:02 pm

    Keep in mind that this study is loose and not exact, so not all people who fit this profile are actually psychopaths. I, for one, lose my train of thought while I’m speaking, and yet I’m pretty sure I’m not a psychopath. (I feel bad when I squish a spider or accidentally bump into someone in the hallway.)

  213. E.A.D. -  October 27, 2011 - 10:49 pm

    @tee hee

    ‘lingustic’ is another termf or ‘language’… or something like that.

  214. Siryan -  October 27, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    Hmm, over 19 million people have seen Dictionary.com’s Front Page yet
    there are no comments to be made in over two hours or more now.
    It seems this piece hit home to a lot of psychopath people reading this,
    recalling everything the article stated, sitting back going “Whoa!” and
    to throw all logic out the window, calling it blasphemy despite the facts.

    There are a great many people I know that do everything this article states,
    and every bit of this is true and applies to them. A great article for sure!

    However, they should have included “well” and “you know!” thrown into
    every sentence, riddled in everything with what they say.

  215. David -  October 27, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    I agree with profiling criminals, but not ordinary people.

  216. Baby Powder -  October 27, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    sooooooooooo yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh…

  217. Madcom -  October 27, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    Gee I was hoping this might be more conclusive, like psychopaths used the words murder, kill and blood more often than uh or umm. I think these conclusions would equally fit most of the engineers I have met who tend to be very causal and logical, talk a lot about money and usually are not the most articulate of parrots on the perch.

  218. kadafi -  October 27, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    hellow evryone, im alive!!

  219. 15bubbles -  October 27, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    O.o That’s highly interesting! I wonder what my speech aptterns say about me?

  220. Soli -  October 27, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    So they plan to invade our Facebooks to look for “suspected” psychopaths? Then what, track them down? Sounds like a plan.

  221. roxan -  October 27, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    that would be great…

  222. Emilia -  October 27, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    Criminals has what is called slangs which at times do not exist in english DICTIONARY they use it among themselves and it is being formed by them also.

  223. Kathleen -  October 27, 2011 - 8:54 pm

    Quite interesting…

  224. PETERS ERNEST PRINCE -  October 27, 2011 - 8:50 pm

    Please i need a clearer explanation on the word above. Thanks.

  225. elbastardo -  October 27, 2011 - 8:47 pm

    Completely far-fetched. Calling it a “stretch” is too kind of a description. What does this suggest about profiling practices of police? So, like, because I use these words, I exhibit psychopathic behavioral traits will now be subjected to surveillance, profiling and a potential abuse of authority?

    Although murder should never be condoned, there certainly is a logical explanation for the behavior of these so-called psychopaths–but it’s far too elusive for science to explain when a limited set of variables tries to explain human behavior.

  226. Ipswich -  October 27, 2011 - 8:37 pm

    Anything that nails the sucker is good for me!!

  227. Bob Cook -  October 27, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    Without seeing the report it sounds like some of the conclusions drawn are quite illogical.

    If convicted criminals are interviewed in jail about their crimes it would be normal for them to express remorse, guilt, and religious beliefs. They may genuinely be feeling these emotions as a result of having time to dwell on their crimes, as a result of punishment, or they may be expected to express them to non-convicts in order to gain parole.

    Criminals who have been diagnosed as psychopaths wouldn’t feel these emotions as strongly (if at all) when convicted and in jail. Therefore the language that they use in that specific situation would naturally be different.

    This makes this part of the research less useful as it all it demonstrates is that psychopaths don’t feel guilty or remorseful (which is closely linked to the definition of psychopath), and that non-psychopaths do.

    If other non-psychopathic felons that don’t feel guilt we’re also interviewed for comparison then the research would be more useful e.g. we could find out if they talk basic needs like food and money more as much as the psychopathic felons.

    As I said I haven’t read the study but from the above article it sounds as if it is fundamentally flawed. Put simply I wonder if any of the results of the research done in jail can be applied elsewhere.

    Maybe a better study to help investigators would be to examine the language used by psychopathic criminals and non-psychopathic criminals in police interviews

  228. Branston Pickle -  October 27, 2011 - 8:33 pm

    well, apparently im a psychopath.
    and I thought I was just anti-social.

  229. Annonnymmous -  October 27, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    Wait, why do the investigators have access to Facebook posts in the first place? Surely you don’t mean to tell me that those stupid conspiracy theories are true? You know, the ones about Facebook being a way for the government to keep track of us?

    If that last statement isn’t just a typo or a lack of clarification, the I’m extremely worried about the direction our society is headed. I’m not by any means a cratophobia, but it sure seems like police should need at least a search warrant to search your private digital files, just like they would to search your private paper files. I mean, seriously, random law officers reading your Facebook and profiling your personality? That’s about as ridiculously intrusive as phone-tapping, mail monitoring or the men in black.

  230. creza -  October 27, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    very knowledgeable thought

  231. Concerned -  October 27, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    I think you should remove this post and not write about things you don’t know anything about. This is ridiculous I use so and because all the time, so that means I’m a psychopath? Or in other words using to many qualifiers constitutes as psychopathic? Psychologists and investigators should sdfu and not publish what they are doing so freely. You’ll never catch criminals that way. Retard.

    Another thing is tons of people don’t want to forge emotional bonds with all kinds of people. How can you tell if someone has formed an emotional bond with someone else? How are you going to investigate whether is a psychopath or not. Screw your hot topic this one sucks dick.

  232. Greg -  October 27, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    ummm… I use disfluencies quite often.

  233. Not so fast -  October 27, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    Uh, umm, so because people talk without smooth agility, it means they’re psychopaths?

    I’d have to see all the research done entirely videotaped and uncut first. Tested on a huge sample of people. Then maybe I’d believe it.

  234. Rob -  October 27, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    Hmm, rather interesting. I’m now going to be on the lookout for people who use the words “so”, “because”, “uh”, and “umm”.

  235. Eilonwy -  October 27, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    I don’t know if its just me or not, but I found the title misleading because I expected that it implied how to recognize a psychopath through their speech. Since the study conducted takes into account their speech ONLY about their own crimes, the former can’t be possible to ascertain, because I’m pretty sure that psychopaths would not be conversing about their own crimes directly with just anyone. The dialogue analyzed of a convicted psychopath in a jail cell or otherwise as opposed to one of a person who is a psychopath unbeknownst to the person conversing with, would of course yield completely different results.

  236. Amanda -  October 27, 2011 - 7:50 pm

    I find this very interesting because I desire to go into the career of criminal profiling. It would be another thing that one would have to study but in the long run, it may be useful in catching criminals.

  237. Kat slatery -  October 27, 2011 - 7:31 pm

    Wow… I didn’t think that someone would talk differently because they are a psychopath. At first I just thought that these were gangster kinds of words that they used because of growing up in a city in a gang. Not that there is anything wrong with cities, just gangs which are typically located in cities.

  238. Naggem -  October 27, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    This doesn’t really help much because everyone uses those words.

  239. Dale -  October 27, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    Well…ummm…so, this is interesting because….ummm… (heh heh heh, I’m going to have a lot of fun with this!)

  240. Pennee -  October 27, 2011 - 7:14 pm

    This is quite fascinating. Although the study seems to be done on unsuccessful psychopaths – ie they have been caught and jailed for their actions – it would be interesting to hear about how every day psychopaths communicate (ie ones who know not to kill people but may still manipulate or emotionally damage, rip people off etc).

    • rosey -  July 15, 2014 - 4:07 pm

      Its not interesting to know such people.. and falling in love with one.. how do I explain it…
      Its like you don’t know what to do.. nothing you do is good enough because they always want more.. and its always about money.. profit.. give and take.. charity.. help.. these are words they dont know… and dont even think of asking them anything related to them… pointing a fault of theirs is like the worst crime… they will ‘explain’ for hours but what they are saying is not even close to what you asked.. and if you insist on an answer, they will turn everything on you and insult you.. say mean things to you.. basically break you and hurt u so bad that you start to wonder if you were wrong to ask the question… ask again is like asking for death penalty.. this is where they bring out their weapon that doesnt fail… the ‘I cant keep doing this” card.. where all you’ll hear us.. you are full of drama.. im tired of this… we are different… blah blah blah.. and then u stop because you love him/her and the moment you cry, they know they hit jackpot.. and they will not stop there.. they will win and then break you so you can’t play again for a while at least… and at the end of the night, they are angry and have the right to be.. and you are upset and crying cz you apparently are not good enough…

      but with all this.. your question was still not answered… and will never be!!!

      And this is just one thing…

      the sad part is we still look for that man we fell in love with and hope everyday that this phase will pass by and we’ll be happy together again.. and deep down even though we know there is a high possibility it will never happen, we still stand by them because we love them and just cant even think of leaving them…

      And they know this and use it everyday to break you further..

      I don’t wish this pain on anyone

  241. Mundungus -  October 27, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    Source please.

  242. Dave -  October 27, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    Fantastic work, Professor Hancock. Another tool to help identify broken people.

  243. EM -  October 27, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    How unbelievably irresponsible of these researchers at Cornell to report this drivel. Everybody says “so” and “because”! Everybody says “uh” and “umm”. And if you don’t dwell on basic needs like food and money, then you don’t MEET basic needs like food and money!

    What they should have identified was the extent to which psychopaths exhibit ‘narcissistic personality disorder’. Because of that, I am convinced.

    I have dealt with narcissists (including type-A personalities) all my life. I am certain that these people are inherently psychopaths. What is disturbing is that there so many narcissists out there. In fact, a psychopath who turns to crime is simply a narcissist who has crossed a certain line.

  244. Tiana -  October 27, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    Interesting research! I wonder how useful this will ultimately be.

  245. jj -  October 27, 2011 - 6:27 pm

    that is sooooooo radddical:)

  246. John -  October 27, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    Nice article. Makes me start to doubt the mental stability of some of my neighbors lol.

  247. Aedan Finn -  October 27, 2011 - 6:07 pm

    I feel that this article somewhat encourages an unhealthy way of thinking. It’s as if it exists to encourage people to judge others based on how they talk or think. I have relationships with people who are not neurotypicals, and many of them tend to experience empathy in “abnormal” ways. I think our (once accepted as fact) definitions of “sane” and “insane” are not valid, nor were they ever. People’s brains work in various ways, some more dissimilar to the neurotypical than others, and I do not believe that this is grounds for labeling them as “insane.”

  248. Johnny D. -  October 27, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    Way to make me feel like a psychopath! I say “so” and “um” without realizing it sometimes! Wait, I already knew I was a psycho… In that case, thanks for helping me learn about meself! At least I empathize with people, ehh? :) Interesting article!

  249. Clara Graph -  October 27, 2011 - 6:00 pm

    We aren’t supposed to call little people “midgets,” we aren’t supposed to call Native Americans “Indians” (though I know individuals who prefer it), and we never, ever call the mentally disabled “retarded.” But we are allowed to say the word “psychopath?” It is appalling.
    I would like to know whether police departments are going to go through each and every one of my posts. How are they going to do that? Get a word counter and count every “so,” “because,” and “um?” Are they going to appear on my doorstep because I type the word because too much?
    Basically, I don’t think someone can be considered a psychopath based on word usage. There should be a lot of other clues, too, and language shouldn’t be the only way the police judge criminals to be pycho. Include some other examples of how you might decide someone to be a pychopath killer or a person who likes the word “so.”

  250. Monica -  October 27, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Everyone says these phrases in everyday conversations. This is not a pragmatic process of identification

  251. Kevin -  October 27, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    So, this was an umm… interesting read, because I learned something all for me.

  252. Rebecca Xiong -  October 27, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    Interesting. Maybe we can find some useful knowledge about criminal minds and emotions from their nomenclature.

  253. LaLaFeril -  October 27, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    I think it is a great subject to go into but the human’s mind is too vast and possibilites too grand to actually pin point the patterns of a psychopath. To be a psychopath there lack the emotional attachment, as you’ve said, but the other reasonings of response are very much debatable.

  254. Thumpkin -  October 27, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    I use “so….” and “uh”/”um” more than the average speaker. I thought that it was because I am an introverted engineer that needs a lot of time to phrase my ideas. Maybe I’m an introverted psychopathic engineer?

  255. adam saleh -  October 27, 2011 - 5:34 pm

    what does this have to do with my homework

  256. Arcanis -  October 27, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    great, another way to make some people feel more alone

  257. Malik -  October 27, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Weird… and very interesting! Amazing that just listening to the choice of words can help you to figure out someone’s personality. Good read!

  258. tee hee -  October 27, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    ummmm what does linguistic mean?

  259. beast -  October 27, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    Hmm… I might have to register some of my friends in the psychopath ward!

  260. Elizabeth -  October 27, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    Weird, I came on thesaurus.com to look up another word for “people” for my paper about psychopaths…

  261. Serge Jean-Louis -  October 27, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    People like this have a “blotted” conscious, unable to justify what is right or wrong. They’re handicapped internally.

  262. Lex -  October 27, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    There might be some merit to this but what about people raised by psychopaths? Even if they weren’t psychopathic themselves, might they not adopt some of the speech patterns? Also, it was rumored that psychopaths talk about logical outcomes of their crimes more often than non-psychopaths an that convicted criminals who are not “psychopaths” tendto speak of religion and their own guilt more often. If someone is an atheist, right off the bat they aren’t going to be talking about religion (unless they know their audience is religious and are telling the audience what they want to hear, which is manipulative) and some people are less inclined to talk about feelings that bother them (sadness, anger, guilt, etc). I am interested, when it comes to causal phrases like “so” and “because” how many individuals who feel the need to be very precise use those phrases more often, or those that feel that their actions may be misunderstood. I have also been curious for a long time whether certain crimes are commited by certain members of the Myers-Brigg spectrum. Extroverts are already the majorit of the population at 70% and in my experience more people tend to be sensory, feeling and judging types than the alternatives. If the clinician administering the test is a religious ESFJ studying an atheist INTP how will that affect the outcome? Signs of psychopathy generally include grandiosity, glibness, deceitul speech and actions, etc… but what about the reserved, taciturn types that rank on pencil and paper tests as more psychopathic? Is their lack of speech and emotionality interpreted then as apathy and indifference or shyness (I am betting the former)? In order for the social sciences to seem like anything more than hokum many other factors need to be analyzed for any of this to have merit. The clinicians produce the reports on the “psychopaths” but how objective are they? What are their previous biases? Does the psychopath in question in case x remind the clinician of the schooll bully who tormented him or her daily in high school? Until human beings can remain completely objective and detached I can’t take much of this seriously. Incidentally, some of the most condecending, glib and self-important people I have ever met have had jobs in the “social sciences”.

  263. DictionFan -  October 27, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    Words and language is important to us just as it is, but the simple act of analyzing the way a person speaks working as a crime fighting technique? Simply ingenious! As for the innocent people, this may add a little pressure on how to speak for the future. People with disabilities and accents may be considered criminal just because the way the speak.

  264. K -  October 27, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    Uhh… Hmmmm… This post is so-so.

  265. Tyler -  October 27, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    Ya psychopaths creeps me out, now I know what i’ll be looking for!!

  266. Rin -  October 27, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    Whoa. That’s kinda cool and scary. I wouldn’t want police officers stalking my FB, but if it’ll keep me safe…I guess it couldn’t really hurt.

  267. N7xMartinx666 -  October 27, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    interesting articule, it is amazing how the various fields of psychology have worked towards a better understanding of the human mind, in this case fo rthe specific purpose of criminology.

    • Stan Doric -  August 21, 2014 - 10:01 pm

      The comments from this article was a worthwhile read and it is nice to see so many people giving up their time to the concern that people may be misunderstood due to their decision to act as they do without necessary being a psychopath.Thank-you.Although according to this article and some of the comments I appreciate why I have come out second best on many occasions when my motive’s and involvements should have resulted win win for all equally.


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