How to identify psychopaths using music?
Psychopaths are bold, lack of inhibition, and don’t feel responsible for their actions. These characteristics allow them to commit unlawful acts to anybody. In fact, some of them had killed their own brothers/sisters, parents, and friends.
Approximately, about four percent of the population has a psychopathic disorder. These people go anywhere they want without a trace of their personal characteristics.
Psychopaths are extremely dangerous individuals. They are ready to cause emotional and physical damage without hesitation and remorse.
But up to date, the instrument that measures psychopathy is far from perfect. This is the reason why identifying psychopaths remained difficult.
However, a new study has found a simple solution. A group of researchers found a link between music and psychopathy.
The study involved 200 participants who listened to 260 songs. The researchers then administered the psychopathy test.
The result suggests that psychopaths prefer rap music than pop songs.
In other words, pop songs were correlated with the lowest psychopathy level.
The researchers believe that psychopaths can be identified through their playlists. However, this study was only the beginning. Further investigation is encouraged by the researchers to validate the initial findings. In fact, a larger study will be conducted by the researchers in the near future.
Nonetheless, the previous research provides a clue how experts can easily spot people with psychopathy.
Dr. Pascal Wallisch, one of the authors of the study believes that songs will complement the limited strength of psychopathy tests.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.