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Washington, D.C., is the most psychopathic of all U.S.

Psychopaths are dangerous people because they are human predators.

Some are violent criminals and serial killers. Many others are not, but are upstanding pillars of the community, found in reputable professions, especially CEOs, politicians, lawyers, journalists, and most alarmingly, clergy. (More on these occupations later in this post.)

The hallmark attributes of a psychopath include a lack of empathy for others, selfishness, lack of guilt, and a superficial charm that manifests exclusively to manipulate others. It should be noted that those attributes, except maybe lack of guilt, also characterize pathological narcissists or the Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Psychopathy is not a binary, either/or attribute, but displays itself as a spectrum of more or less. We are told that as many as 5% of people may possess psychopathic tendencies.

A recent study by Dr. Ryan H. Murphy, a research assistant professor at Southern Methodist University’s School of Business, in Dallas, Texas, found that Washington, D.C., is the most psychopathic of all of United States.

Published as a 14-page online working paper, titled “Psychopathy by U.S. State,” Murphy employed the Big Five personality traits as a measure to estimate the level of psychopathy for each of the contiguous 48 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

The Big Five personality traits are:

  1. Extraversion
  2. Agreeableness
  3. Conscientiousness
  4. Neuroticism
  5. Openness

Psychopathy is loosely correlated with low extraversion, very low agreeableness and conscientiousness, very high neuroticism, and moderately high openness. In other words, psychopaths are introverted, very disagreeable, very unconscientious, highly neurotic, and moderately open.

Methodology

Each of the Big Five personality traits receives a T-score centered on a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of 10. Extraversion enters positively, while neuroticism, agreeableness, and conscientiousness enter negatively.
Using Renfrow, et al.‘s data for the Big Five personality traits for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, Murphy created a raw score for each state by subtracting its scores for neuroticism, agreeableness, and conscientiousness from its score for extraversion. The raw score is then converted into a standardized z-score. The 48 states and D.C. are then ranked in accordance with each state’s z-score, from most psychopathic to least psychopathic.

Rentfrow, et al.‘s data are from:

  • Rentfrow, P. J., Gosling, S. D., Jokela, M., Stillwell, D. J., Kosinski, M., & Potter, J. 2013. “Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States and Their Political, Economic, Social, and Health Correlates.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 105 no. 6: 996–1012.
  • Rentfrow, P.J. and M. Jokela. 2016. “Geographical Psychology: The Spatial Organization of Psychological Phenomena.” Current Directions in Psychological Science 25, no. 6: 393-398.

Results

Murphy found that areas of the United States measured to be most psychopathic are those in the Northeast and other similarly populated regions. The least psychopathic are predominantly rural areas, Wyoming being a curious exception.

The top five in psychopathy are the District of Columbia, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, New York & Wyoming (tying for #5 rank). The states that are the least psychopathic are West Virginia, Vermont, Tennessee, North Carolina, and New Mexico.

Here is the list, beginning with D.C. as the most psychopathic:

  1. District of Columbia, with a z-score of 3.58. Murphy wryly observes: “The presence of psychopaths in District of Columbia is consistent with the conjecture found in Murphy (2016) that psychopaths are likely to be effective in the political sphere.”
  2. Connecticut: 1.89
  3. California: 1.21
  4. New Jersey: 1.09
  5. New York: 1.01
  6. Wyoming: 1.01
  7. Maine: 0.99
  8. Wisconsin: 0.95
  9. Nevada: 0.89
  10. Illinois: 0.73
  11. Virginia: 0.67
  12. Maryland: 0.66
  13. South Dakota: 0.61
  14. Delaware: 0.56
  15. Massachusetts: 0.46
  16. Arizona: 0.45
  17. Florida: 0.40
  18. Iowa: 0.30
  19. Colorado: 0.28
  20. Texas: 0.25
  21. Ohio: 0.22
  22. Utah: 0.09
  23. Arkansas: 0.00
  24. Idaho: -0.05
  25. North Dakota: -0.06
  26. Michigan: -0.07
  27. Alabama: -0.08
  28. Pennsylvania: -0.12
  29. Rhode Island: -0.14
  30. Louisiana: -0.17
  31. Kansas: -0.19
  32. Georgia: -0.11
  33. Minnesota: -0.28
  34. Missouri: -0.33
  35. Washington: -0.43
  36. Kentucky: -0.51
  37. Nebraska: -0.53
  38. South Carolina: -0.64
  39. New Hampshire: -0.79
  40. Oregon: -0.81
  41. Indiana: -1.01
  42. Mississippi: -1.10
  43. Montana: -1.10
  44. Oklahoma: -1.29
  45. New Mexico: -1.39
  46. North Carolina: -1.55
  47. Tennessee: -1.48
  48. Vermont: -1.66
  49. West Virginia: -2.11

Murphy hypothesizes that the level of psychopathy of a state has to do with at least these two factors:

  1. Rate of urbanization (and therefore, population congestion).
  2. Occupation

Murphy writes on page 5 that:

  • The “most disproportionately psychopathic” occupations are CEO, lawyer, media, salesperson, surgeon, journalist, police officer, clergyperson, chef, and civil servant (or politician).
  • The least psychopathic occupations are care aide, nurse, therapist, craftsperson, beautician/stylist, charity worker, teacher, creative artist, doctor, and accountant.

Religious clergy are among the most psychopathic occupations! I am reminded of what the late psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, M.D., wrote: what better place for evil to hide than in the church, by camouflaging themselves as good.

Murphy concludes:

The District of Columbia is measured to be far more psychopathic than any individual state in the country, a fact that can be readily explained either by its very high population density or by the type of person who may be drawn [to] a literal seat of power…. Additionally, Wyoming is an odd data point, ranking very high in psychopathy given its lack of population.

To find out if you’re a psychopath, go to “Are you a psychopath” and take the test!

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~Eowyn

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Proof that Hillary Clinton is a psychopathic liar

Wed, 18 May 2016 18:00:38 +0000

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We know politicians lie.

Hillary Clinton, howeer, takes bold-faced, looking-you-straight-in-the-eye lying to a whole new level.

Watch this video: It’ll take your breath away.

Being a pathological liar is one of the defining attributes on criminal psychologist Dr. Robert D. Hare‘s psychopathy checklist-revised (PCL-R), a 20-item inventory of personality traits and recorded behaviors of psychopaths.

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How politicians are like serial killers

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:23:30 +0000

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After the (now former) Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) sex-photos scandal, the oh-so-useful media must have decided such scandals are no longer newsworthy. There was another Weiner-like scandal that happened in August, but you never heard or read about it, right?

A “progressive” Puerto Rico senator, Roberto Arango, posted explicit photos of himself on the gay cruising app Grindr.

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens; their President is the same as ours (Obama); the United States Congress legislates many aspects of Puerto Rican life. The islanders elect their own governor, vote in U.S. presidential primaries but not in U.S. presidential elections. Arango’s New Progressive Party wants Puerto Rico to become America’s 51st state.

The AP reports that Puerto Rico’s local news media published photos from the application showing “a man’s nude upper body with a cell phone obscuring his face,” and another showing “a rear view of a nude man on his hands and knees.” The fuzzy image of the face seemed to match Arango’s, and the man in the photo was also wearing Arango’s trademark necklace.

When exposed (sorry for the pun), Arango gave this incredible denial:

“You know I’ve been losing weight. As I shed that weight, I’ve been taking pictures. I don’t remember taking this particular picture but I’m not gonna say I didn’t take it. I’d tell you if I remembered taking the picture, but I don’t.”

He then promptly presented a letter of resignation.

The best part of this story is this:

Arango had previously voted in favor of Resolution 99, a proposal that would block any attempt to permit same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico. He has also opposed adoption rights for gay people.

In other words, like so many politicians, Arango is a hypocrite and a liar and utterly without conscience or a sense of remorse.

And it just so happens that those personality traits that are so common to politicians — superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others — are also common to psychopathic serial killers.

Jim Kouri, a vice president of the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, came to that conclusion by using his law enforcement experience and data drawn from the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit. Kouri notes that both groups of criminals are psychologically capable of committing their dirty deeds free of any concern for social, moral or legal consequences and with absolutely no remorse.

Violent homicide aside, our elected officials often show many of the exact same character traits as criminal nut-jobs. The only difference is that serial killers run from the police, whereas politicians merely run for office.

Find out if you, too, are a psychopath by going HERE!  😀

A big h/t to FOTM’s Dennis Kolb

~Eowyn

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