The Psychopath Test

Psychopath Test

Read the question, come up with an answer and then click through for the result. This is not a trick question. It is as it reads.

A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met a man who she did not know. She thought he was ‘amazing’. She believed him to be her dream partner so much, that she fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number and could not find him.

A few days later she killed her sister.

Question: What was her motive for killing her sister?

[Give this some thought before you answer. Click through to read the answer]

This is VERY interesting!

Answer: She was hoping the guy would appear at the funeral again.

If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a test by a famous American psychologist used to test if one has the same mentality as a killer.

Many arrested serial killers took part in the test and answered the question correctly.

If you didn’t answer the question correctly, good for you.

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  1. By Engel08 on December 12, 2007 at 11:33 am

    No I didn’t answer it correctly in fact it was partially
    a. There didn’t seem to be any possible motivation
    b. I thought it was a trick question anyways and thought maybe the “man” was really her sister and she killed her out of anger.because
    c. I don’t believe in “man/woman of my dreams”
    But I’m glad I’m not a psychopath too.

  2. By LowriHaf on December 12, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Oops I’m a psychopath!!

  3. By Zero on December 12, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Hooray, I’m a psychopath!

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  5. By someone on December 12, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    The regular answer would probably be “because her sister was having an affair with him or something”.

    That woman is a psycho.

  6. By Mackenzie on December 12, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    I thought that the man was her sisters boyfriend, and she thought that if she killed her, he would fall in love with her.

    Im a moron.

  7. By Mackenzie on December 12, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    My little brother is a phycopath..
    hes 9!

  8. By Master L on December 12, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    I honestly think that anyone would answer correctly… what are the other options??? why she killed her???? the only posibility was to see him again…

  9. By loooonatick on December 12, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    I thought she was pissed at her sister because her sister gave the man herpes and she didn’t like her siser anyway because her sister used to always piss in her coca-cola…(uhhhh no that’s not it)

  10. By oh yeah on December 12, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Yes this shows what i have known to be true, not that there is any shortage of evidence. i am a psycho. yes i have a killer instinct, but ive known this since middle school. i never tortured kittens or shived strangers on the streetcar but i know i have it in me, and that i dont act on these impulses shows that i am a good person. I, like charles manson, have the voltage to do forceful things, but am also truly blessed by god and all things with the musical intelligence to influence and act through others. Also, what a good story to tell there kids!

  11. By slickrik on December 12, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Finally a test where you can get a 100% !! nice :D But really, i thought: “Her sister got his number at the funeral and the woman couldn’t bare”. Now my mind wanders and makes me believe the sister was a slut who never really cared about lovingfull relations… Well, that just makes me a porn addict i guess :P (or a loving person)

  12. By Incorrect on December 12, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    I didn’t answer correctly. I thought that she thought her sister flirted with him or something.

  13. By ummm on December 12, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    DUH thats an easy one. i mean come on, its totally obvious. if she kills her sister she’s gonna get to see him again.

  14. By Mr. Boi on December 12, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    I thought that she ended up being her long lost identical twin sister, and the man was her husband, and she killed the sister so the man would think that she was the wife. Maybe being a serial killer is better than whatever I am.

  15. By AttemptingReason on December 12, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    If only it were that easy to test for insanity.

  16. By Cincyknight on December 12, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    I don’t find it obvious that she killed her sister to see the man again. No where was it said that her sister knew him or that he knew her sister, surely at the funeral her sister would have spoken to him if he had known who he was. What would make him attend her sisters funeral?

  17. By zhaja on December 13, 2007 at 12:07 am

    i just thought she was really depressed by losing her mom and the guy of her dreams at the same time.

  18. By Maggot on December 13, 2007 at 12:52 am

    …really, though? It’s like a math problem. They give you the bits you should put together and the context, then, bam–stupid psychopath assessment.

    What really intrigues me is why people will assume and pull things out of the air to try and get their answer… Or why they try to rationalize beyond a simple point.

    I can see where most people would try to block out that kind of logic–murder being currently unacceptable by most standards… But think of it like a science experiment. If, by chance, I spilled vinegar on some baking soda and saw that it would fizz up, I would make the direct connection between the vinegar and the baking soda. I might try it again, at least just to be sure.

    Of course, I will say that the woman will probably be sorely disappointed… That’s the point where anyone should start speculating.

  19. By pinkbunnydoll on December 13, 2007 at 3:43 am

    I answered it correctly and telling the truth I think it’s a very simple question and the answer is just obvious :)

  20. By easy on December 13, 2007 at 8:07 am

    After a few seconds it’s pretty obvious. The trick is to ignore the reasons you construct in your mind, and just pay attention to what’s being said.

    The woman wants the man. The man is not there. The man came to a family funeral. Therefore it could be argued that it could come to the next one.

    No need to invent anything :)

  21. By AdamMcG on December 13, 2007 at 9:48 am

    i did get the answer correct, but then i realized i had seen this question and answer before(where i dont remember if i got it correct the first time)

    What is interesting to me is how many people comment on how easy and obvious this question is….
    It isnt meant to be hard or complex, the question was intended to see if you could think like a psychopath… if you could not figure out the answer, you could not understand the reasoning of a pyschopath. Ide have to agree with Maggot..”Of course, I will say that the woman will probably be sorely disappointed… That’s the point where anyone should start speculating.”.. Perhaps its worth raising the question of whether there is a greater understanding in this day and age of how people behave, though the answer seems obvious to me

  22. By rob on December 13, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Big sister got the guys number instead. ‘Lil sis came home one evening after a bitch day at work and as she went into her bedroom to get into something comfy was petrified seeing her sister humping her dream-man like a crazy dog on sheets that had been fresh only that morning. Something went cold in her chest. The feeling ran into her toes, her mind was without thought, her toes even were frozen like ice. The police had no idea what evil could have possessed someone – a sister – to kill her own sister in such a rage. The scene is too horrid too describe.

  23. By tony on December 13, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    I answered correctly but I know I am not psycopath.Psycopath’s have lots of issues I don’t have any issues. Just little problems. little ones like finding places to bury the bodys. I’m not a psycopath…

  24. By Shadax on December 13, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Mine was probably the most abstract. I let the “she killed her sister because she found out she was with him” conclusion escape immediately for the simple benefit of the doubt that she’s not a murderer (though the true answer defies it anyway). My conclusion was that she met God at the funeral, loved him but couldn’t actually find him in herself. Her sister did find God and killed her unintentionally (car accident) which was an act of God taking her sister into his hands. Totally out there, I know, and I’m not even that religious. I didn’t want to keep it simple so it’s just how it cooked up in my bran.

  25. By Jared on December 13, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Well I answered it correctly, my brother said: “she was embarrassed to find out the guy was actually her sister who had a sex change?”

  26. By cap-n-crunk on December 13, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    This is actually a type of test called “Lateral thinking ability”
    It is the type of thinking that mensa requires to be part of their organization, so it measures cognitive reasoning and creativity

  27. By Elijah on December 13, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Well, I had thought that it was something to do with the mother… like something in her will…

    So, what does that make me?

  28. By elmo on December 13, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    this test is absolute bogus.
    the suggestions are clear and the claimed “result” is like saying: “90% of psychopaths eat bread – so if you eat bread, you’re a psychopath”

  29. By Jacob on December 13, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Is it that certain that that guy would show up at her sister’s funeral? Just by showing at her mother’s? I mean, what a waste of a kill (probabily).

  30. By Miguel on December 13, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    And why the hell should those two events be connnected? Falling in love with the guy has nothing to do with discovering that her sister poisened her mother. She could commit the murder to avenge her mother’s death and forget all about the man.

  31. By bill on December 13, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    I said “because killing people is fun”. Which means I’m not a psychopath. Hurrah!

  32. By wheelnut53 on December 13, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    I answer correctly , she hope he would attend the sister’s funeral.why didnt she flash him some beaver or Googled him or she could have posted on Craig’s list horney old bat will travel for uncommitted sex

  33. By Emily on December 14, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Hehe, wow I was way off. I thought possibly that she found out that that was her father and she was so in love with him that she killed her sister as so that no one would know she was going to try and get it on with her last remaining family member.

  34. By Justin on December 14, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    I guess being a competent problem solver makes one a psychopath. Ridiculous.

  35. By eddie on December 15, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    the fact that its called the psychopath test makes it much easier to accept the premise. it skews the results in my opinion.

  36. By Coolio on December 16, 2007 at 7:41 am

    It’s not obvious. If she kills her sister shes going to jail and will not be attending the funeral. And even if she does she’ll be chained to a police.

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  38. By thefish on December 16, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    hunhh… I thought her sister may have said something offensive to her sister causing the incident, or maybe there an argument completely off subject of the guy. So… uh guess I am safe.

  39. By James on December 17, 2007 at 1:07 am

    I agree with Eddie.. Since it started out with “Psychopath Test,” I automatically started trying to think what would cause a psychopath to kill her sister. I came up with 3 things:
    1. Her sister fell in love with the same man at the funeral and she found out about it. Wouldn’t a psychopath kill her sister for that?
    2. I figured psychopaths might have random reasons afor killing someone, and she killed her sister because her sister found out that she killed her mother.
    3. Or, I figured the man was her father and her sister promised their mother not to tell her.. But since the mother was now dead, the sister told. The woman then killed her sister because she kept it a secret all her life.

    I think tht if the “Psychopath” part was left out of the title, I would have directed my thoughts differently.

  40. By James on December 17, 2007 at 1:09 am

    Justin said:
    “I guess being a competent problem solver makes one a psychopath. Ridiculous.”

    Are you kidding me? Most, if not all, psychopaths are geniuses in their particular area of psychosis.

  41. By sagar169 on December 17, 2007 at 1:22 am

    common now…even a kid wuda answer that…does that make ‘im a psychopath as well…i dont believe it..

  42. By jasmine on December 17, 2007 at 1:47 am

    Thank god i’m not psychopath coz i answer wrongly…thanx for sharing it


  43. By person on December 17, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    we are all family

  44. By fokelakeyukon on December 17, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    The answers are! in the spectrum of behavioural development. some show talent for a writers’ creative imagination.

    Sure glad I’m not !

    However, I know who you are , I saw what you did AND I know where you live !!! – all of you !

    OK stop that … ” I’ll BE BACK !!!

    “Are you one?”…”No! are you one? two!”
    is this where I put… LoL

  45. By infornography on December 17, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    The test is to see how casual you consider murder to be. If you see it as a means to an end even when the victim has no complicity in your goal then you can think like a psychopath.

    The reason why the correct answer is not obvious is because no rational and sane person would consider that goal to justify the means especially given the meager likelihood of success. If you are able to do so then you either think like a psychopath or are very good at thinking outside the box.

  46. By DemonKing561 on December 17, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    I’ve heard this one before, but the fact is that there is only one way for her to go after you give such a short story. Now, if the story was about a page long or so and then someone guessed it, that’s the time to worry… but yeah, apparently I’m a psychopath (SCORE!!! now I have a reason for doing the things I do). The first time I heard this I guessed it before the story was over.

  47. By What a ... on December 18, 2007 at 7:14 am

    .. load of crap. I think the test probably showed that calculating evil people used their brains .. no surprise there. (That, and the majority of the public don’t tend to use their brains much. Look around you, who does?)

  48. By tiredoldbruce on December 18, 2007 at 12:35 pm – it’s a bunch of baloney like most of the interesting stories that I Stumble Upon.

  49. By stefano on December 18, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve failed the test, I’m not a psycho…

  50. By le petomane on December 18, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    I find that when answering such questions, my gastric methane release rate (GMRR) doubles as well as the heptane and other byproducts emitted from my nether valve produces a miasma or stench which at least temporarily renders others incapable of independent movement or speech. Don’t you?

  51. By The Poo Poo Platter on December 18, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    I think this test just proves that even psychopaths can solve basic problems.

  52. By Jimbo100 on December 19, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    With no more information than was provided, the only conclusion could be because she was hoping the guy would show up at the funeral. You don’t have to be a psychopath to come to the only conclusion possible.

  53. By psychopath on December 19, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    I’m a psycho and I think she did it for the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. It’s always about the money. Doesn’t take a psychopath to figure that one out. Unless she did something like eat her or have sex with her after, then she’s the psycho. What freakin ever. Stupid loser anolagy

  54. By Tom on December 21, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    That’s so stupid! Just cause I got it right doesn’t mean I’m a psychopath – the answer is obvious! How dare you imply that I might murder someone! I’LL KILL YOU, YOU BASTARD!

    …uh oh…

  55. By harjit on December 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    the man she fell in love with was her father and her sister was relay her mum her mum – she work it out from the father not see before and killed her syster for lying to her all these years. and haveing been brought up by her gran

  56. By yeesh on December 21, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    I love how blindly people assume that this test is a definitive acid test for psychopaths without any backing whatsoever… The psychiatric community would be having an absolute field day if you could pick something like that out in one question. makes nice reading.

  57. By onyourwaydown on December 21, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    It is a lateral thinking question and it does not mean you are a psychopath. Only that you have superior cognitive thinking ability.
    Although I do believe that some psychopaths would also answer the question correctly but that they also have those skills.
    Now the definitive definition of psychopath might be influenced by where to put all those bodies.

  58. By jolip on December 22, 2007 at 3:55 am

    good grief!!! i guess the point is that you can deduce this answer without being psycopathic, but it depends on how quickly you get the answer… in any case this all exists on a continuum we all have a bit of the psychopath in us.

  59. By Bea on December 22, 2007 at 5:22 am

    I don’t think that just this one question can say anything about ones psychopath potential. I suppose this question can just say something about ones intelligence – though I didn’t find the correct answer LOL.

    But this answer:
    Shadax said,
    I let the “she killed her sister because she found out she was with him” conclusion escape immediately for the simple benefit of the doubt that she’s not a murderer (though the true answer defies it anyway). My conclusion was that she met God at the funeral, loved him but couldn’t actually find him in herself. Her sister did find God and killed her unintentionally (car accident) which was an act of God taking her sister into his hands.
    appears to me not less pathological than the correct one LOL

  60. By DrSteve on December 22, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Do you have what it takes to pick when someone is a pathological liar (as many psychopaths are)?

    Tip #1 – don’t try reading their eyes – you’ll just become more bamboozled.

  61. By jackman on December 23, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    The girl was ‘the man’s illegitimate daughter and she fell in love with him because of the weird sense of “knowing” one gets when meeting their father for the first time. She killed her sister in hopes that she too was fathered by this man and he would show up to the funeral, the man would take pity on her, having lost her only sister and mother and would then be inclined to offer his daughter a place in his life, this offer would of course be taken advantage of by the girl. makes sense to me… but then again im a psychopath…

  62. By some one on December 25, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    I thought the man was friend of her sister, so she thought of revenging her for snatching her “dream partner”.

  63. By Jessamyn on December 25, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    I thought there was no real motive and she killed her sister by accident, car accident, etc.

    I guess the psychopath answer wasn’t “obvious” to me. Good!

  64. By Rose on December 26, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Well, I said because watching people bleed to death is a nice way to spend an evening, and her sister was an easy target, not to mention probably more entertaining than killing a complete stranger.

    God, I am SO glad I’m not a psychopath, though. That could really ruin one’s day. =o

  65. By THE WATCHER on December 26, 2007 at 6:34 pm


  66. By Geordie on December 27, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    I thought, “So her mother will have company in hell”
    But I guess I’m just old-fashioned.

  67. By Someone on January 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I think the point is if you are given this scenario and think of a motive without the emotional context that is more similar to the thinking of a psychopath.

  68. By damn on January 1, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Wow, no for those of you who say it is a simple question with a simple answer are exactly what is meant by a psychopath. My obvious answerf was that she was so depressed and angry after losing so much in her life at one time that she lashed out when her sister did somthing wrong (anything). It never honestly crossed my mind to meet the dude again, for real. I asked my wife the question, and i knew exactly what she waould say. Bang– a psychopath, of which I already knew. Was a scary thing to do…..

  69. By paradisemusicdreams on January 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I`m not a psychopath :) she didn`t know the man, I don`t think that she had a motivation to kill her (except…if she really hate her sister).
    On other side…if she really killed her sister…would she go to her funeral? [interesting] :P

  70. By jpmorgan on January 22, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Actually, the test seems to angle for a specific psychopath skill. To answer correctly, you need to be able to pare down a fictional person to the essential presented information. Useful for anyone who has to deal impersonally with large numbers of people, it is an invaluable skill for a psychopath. After all, you don’t really want to be wondering if that next potential victim has a family, or what they do on vacation. Everything goes much easier if one can view such people as ciphers.

  71. By Pirate on February 17, 2008 at 1:26 am

    I’m a psycho, apparently! Bwahaha. Because I kind of “got it” why would she kill her sister at once. See the twisted logic behind it…

  72. By rick on March 2, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    i passed but i dont fill iam a psycho

  73. By Steve on March 3, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Well I could still just be a stupid psychopath right?

  74. By Dink on March 18, 2008 at 3:39 am

    I thought the same as Mackenzie, im not a psycho tho. *phew*

  75. By Elkenah on May 9, 2008 at 6:46 am
  76. By Hmm on May 17, 2008 at 10:11 pm
  77. By Enfotainer on June 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Oh.. so this test isn’t real then…

  78. By IRENE R. BARTLETT on October 22, 2008 at 7:49 pm


  79. By jaz on January 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I got it right.
    A lot of people say ‘because her sister was having an affair with him’.
    Think people it’s not a hard fucking question. If this dude was at a funeral and you didnt even know him, chances are he knows your family. So why not kill your sister.

  80. By Lostindark on February 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Dam, Im a psycho >.<

  81. By Sutebe on February 5, 2009 at 12:30 am

    She thought the man would show up at her sisters funeral.

  82. By Akolyte01 on February 7, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I just said inheritance…

    Makes sense really.

  83. By fay on February 8, 2009 at 12:08 am

    It’s a bit bold to say that this is actually a test of higher thinking skills. If this type of problem had been set up in another context with no moral repercussions, I should think that some people who got this test “wrong” would have gotten the alternative test “right.” Clearly, the information about the man is imperative to the answer, but I could not personally justify killing my sister for a man I’d just met. Therefore, my mind went immediately to other explanations, even though I knew they did not necessarily follow from all the evidence given. I’m pretty sure a person’s ability to apply/not apply emotional dissociation to a logical problem is what the test is trying to quantify, if it’s even meant to be taken seriously at all.

  84. By Sean on February 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    This isn’t the original test that the psychologist used. It looks like someone wrote this down by memory because the test goes:
    A lady falls in love with a man at the funeral of her mother.

    She never gets his digits, and doesn’t know anymore than his name.

    She meets the guy again in a month, and marries him a year later.

    How did she meet him again?

    Go figure

  85. By Anon on February 13, 2009 at 10:03 am

    This makes detectives psychos

  86. By Lesley on February 13, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I answered the question correctly, instantly! But that doesn’t make me or anyone else a psychopathic thinker. Just a lateral thinker.

  87. By IMRaugh on February 17, 2009 at 11:22 am

    It is a matter of identifying cause and effect.

    She saw the man at a funeral, cause (funeral), effect (man being there).

    So she tried to duplicate the cause to achieve the same effect. Psychotic yes, unfathomable, certainly not.

  88. By Tripwire on February 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I thought perhaps the man was a hitman hired by the sister and the woman was angry that her mother was dead and that the man of her dreams was a hitman…? That explanation doesnt sound as good as it did in my head.

  89. By Me on April 8, 2009 at 3:54 am

    i thot the gal wanted the guy 4 himself and mayb the sis was prettier

  90. By Alpacater on August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I don’t see how anyone could get it wrong. I got it right right away. Although, I have been diagnosed as a psychopath. It does seem like an obvious answer though.

  91. By MaskedMarauder on August 30, 2009 at 9:35 am


    what kind of person falls in “love” with a complete stranger, doesn’t even talk to the guy (or she’d have his name) at her mother’s funeral?

    I figured she was just another Republican.

  92. By thatguy on November 23, 2009 at 3:53 am
  93. By stupid on December 21, 2009 at 4:41 am

    i answered right cuz i read this before but i answered wrong the 1st time

  94. By runpoochrun on February 7, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Terrible test. Psychopaths are emotionally detached and would not think of love as a viable justification for killing someone. It seems highly unlikely that the same man would return to the second funeral. And not only are psychopaths emotionally detached (and would thereby not consider “love”, which they typically do not feel, to be a viable justification for killing someone), but they would not usually be stupid enough to kill a close relative. A woman who does this is more likely to be insane than anything else. Thinking like a killer or insane person is not the same as thinking like a psychopath.

    Only stupid “psychopaths” who aren’t really psychopaths fit this scenario. 1) They would be stupid because it is completely illogical to think that a random man would reappear at another funeral of yours. Chances are they won’t. 2) It’s stupid because the chances of getting caught are extremely high. 3) This person isn’t really a psychopath, because psychopaths are not emotional enough to feel love. Therefore, love would not be a reason to kill. In short, this test is fundamentally flawed.

  95. By AK on May 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Wow…I am crazy!

  96. By Rilic on August 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I want to know what she did when it didn’t work.

  97. By Jim on December 10, 2010 at 5:58 am

    This is easy. Her sister thought that she would have some fun. This guy is her father that left them when they were babies. Now he returned for the funeral hoping for reconciliation with his daughters. The reunion with the one daughter was seemingly successful. However, the daughter (she is the psychopath) told him that her sister had total hatred for him leaving them and would never reconcile and would make a scene at the funeral. The rest naturally follows when a relative tells the one daughter about the evil setup.

  98. By SR on March 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    @runpoochrun-That’s because you don’t think like a psychopath, which I am.

    Actually, I don’t kill ants or fantasize about murdering people, but I’m told there’s something vaguely creepy about me, and when they stare into my eyes, it’s like “looking into the eyes of a serial killer”.


  99. By Somechic on March 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I don’t know if I got it right or wrong. My answer was that the man was the funeral director so she would obviously have to see him again. Maybe I am just semi-psycho.

  100. By nicole on March 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmmm i kinda answered it correctly but believe me i’ve not got a killer mentality i thought it was an easy just semmed the most obvious!!

  101. By Satchel on April 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I know how to kill someone with 2 feathers it is pretty easy. ; )

  102. By kim on April 27, 2011 at 5:34 am

    i got it correct

  103. By Ashley on May 11, 2011 at 1:16 am

    The psychopathic answer sort of makes sense…

  104. By Kathleen on May 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I started thinking about the rest of the animal world and my answer was that she killed her sister in case she was competition in the pursuit of that man. More IMPORTANTLY my BOYFRIEND’S answer was that the sister was married to the man she wanted. I say “more importantly” because that means my boyfriend doesn’t think like a serial killer! yayyy :) What more could you ask fron life?

    If it is indeed true that this is a landmark test, I think it’s very clever and I appreciate you sharing it with us, thank you.

    Toronto, Ontario

  105. By Clinton Fisher on May 25, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Sorry to pee on everyone’s bonfire, this test is entirely bogus. There is no authentic reference to the “famous American psychologist” anywhere on the net.

    One: a psychopath does not feel ANY emotion or empathy towards another person. Many psychologists state it is not possible for them to feel love, fear, guilt remorse. So the first part of the question cannot be true. She would not have fallen in love with this man.

    Two: psychopaths aren’t stupid. A psychopath would know that killing her sister would most likely result in a criminal investigation which may result in her imprisonment. In any case, she would be very unlikely to see this man again.

    Three: a psychopath is only interested in themselves. A more “psychopathic” answer would be that she killed her sister to get all of the inheritance from the estate after her mother’s death as oppose to just half. However, there are a RANGE of different answers that could possibly be given. Amongst the normal healthy population a certain number of people will answer one way, and others won’t. Does not mean they are psychopaths.

    This question is just a silly made-up game by idiots looking for a way to distinguish their ‘normal’ friends from their ‘psychopathic’ friends. There is no such thing. Were it that easy to determine psychopaths in the general population, the REAL psychopaths would have been caught and imprisoned before many of them committed their crimes. To determine who really is a psychopath, you need many many tests, questions, and long periods of behavioural observation. Entirely healthy people may answer one single question one way and then be wrongly labelled as a psychopath.

    And just for the record, I know what I’m talking about. I am a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

  106. By BillC on June 2, 2011 at 6:01 am

    If the woman were a true psychopath she would not have the ability to fall in love; killing her sister would be for something stupid (she can’t stand the way her sister snores, for example) or so she could get her sister’s share of the family inheritance. With psychopaths it’s all about using people to get what they want; there are no emotions all all, and no boundaries. They have intellect, so killing the sister would also mean a one-way trip to the big house if discovered; therefore it is unlikely. Sadly, most psychopaths do not have the mental faculty to think that they will ever be discovered, or just plain do not have the social restraint to understand what they do.

    Sorry, false test results.

  107. By Kris on September 5, 2011 at 5:17 am

    My first instinct was maybe the man had nothing at all to do with the motive for the woman killing her sister. Like it was distracting information. My gut reaction was the mother’s death was foul play, too. The one who killed her sister found out the other sister was a killer who murdered their mother.

  108. By Brittany on November 30, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    This is more so a logic question than a psychopathology test.

  109. By Angie on January 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Stupid question and even more stupid explanation, what stupid person thought it up in the first place?

  110. By Peter on January 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    This looks like a load of tripe! Oh it is by a famous psychologist is it? Too famous to mention the name though, but i’ll take your word yeah? yeah…

  111. By AK on February 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Now, that’s just a load of BS. A psychopath is not automatically a killer. As you said yourself most psychopathic killers got it right. If you get it right doesn’t mean your a psychopathic killer. If you get it wrong, doesn’t mean your not a psychopath.

  112. By ABJ on March 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    It should have been!

    A woman, while at a family members funeral, met a man who she did not know. She thought he was ‘amazing’. She believed him to be her dream partner so much, that she fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number and could not find him.

    How did she meet him again??

    If you say: “Kill a family member hoping he would come again” then your a psycho path :)

  113. By aifeAG on April 8, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Oh, I thought she must have seen her sister with him or something. And if she were that in love, I guess she would have done it.

    Not a serial killer.

  114. By Someone on April 26, 2012 at 4:49 am

    This question is easy.

    If you didn’t answer this correctly it doesn’t mean you don’t have a mind of psychopath… it means you’re just dumb.

  115. By Norwegian on April 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

    If you’re in the mood for a riddle, you would look for a sollution that is far more complicated… If told that this is a psycho test one would try to find the most cynical and sick answer… and many would be correct. You don’t have to be a psychopath. You don’t have to take this test serious eighter, and get the correct answer withouth knowing what its supposed to “proove” or “measure”… Like you don’t have to be a psycho to tell a mean “The aristocrats joke” ;)

  116. By Harold on June 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

    This test is fake, yo’.

    Here is a real one:

  117. By fattx on November 20, 2012 at 7:23 am

    u people scare me

  118. By patriot on November 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    The answer to this riddle is indeed a legitamite question used by profilers, both mental health and law enforcement. Not only does the answer (to lure the man back so the sister can see him again)indicate sociopathic tendecies, the timeframe in which the answer comes is important. I have asked this myself numerous times with inmates, mostly lifers for murder. IF the answer is given instantly (i.e. ‘that’s an easy one, to lure the guy back to a funeral so she can see him again) along with the attitude of “it’s simple, anyone knows that!”, it says most assuredly that this person is very socialpathic, if it takes them a bit to figure it out, their tendicies are less but still present, so watch out! Most common answers I received were (a) the first sister killed the second sister because the first discovered the guy was really the second dressed as a man (b) the first sister discovered the second sister was his girlfriend. Both scenerios would still constitute murder but not of a socialpathic type, more understandable though not condoned.

  119. By patriot on November 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    #105 above,

    Your post is old and I doubt you will ever see this, but, you wrote:

    “Were it that easy to determine psychopaths in the general population, the REAL psychopaths would have been caught and imprisoned before many of them committed their crimes.”

    You stated you were a psychiatrist at the Institute in London, just curious, which London? Is there a London in North Korea, Cuba or China? Because if you are talking about Great Britian, you sir are lying becuase in Great Britian, NO ONE is ‘caught and imprisoned BEFORE many of them committed their crimes. Did you read your post before you posted it? Brits, as US citizens, must be tried and convicted BEFORE imprisoned….psychopaths or not…and they are not tried until AFTER they commit a crime. Jeesh, what a crock!

    Put the brew down, Dude.

  120. By k on November 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I thought it was a stupid joke and trued to think of the most bizarre “joke” answer, and that was the the only one that made any sense with what little info, and was also presented after words as a test for sociopathy. Am I? I could have been in an alternate universe. Am I a multi-paradigmical genius who tries to understand human behavior through observation and practice? Definitely:)

  121. By k on November 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Here’s a joke: A journalist, writing an article about a mental health ward, asks about techniques used to diagnose insanity. The Dr. replies “I hand them a tea spoon, a cup, and a bucket to empty out a bath tub.”
    “Oh, because a sane person would choose the bucket.”
    “Actually, the sane person would pull the plug, so would you like a bed near the door or the window?”

  122. By sonny on November 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    First off the question is incorrect to start with, but i did answer it wrong….i thought long and hard before answering….you said she fell in love with the guy, well that was the first red flag b/c psychopaths and sociopaths don`t fall in love, they simply are incapable of love, they have no empathy for people and they have no conscience….so when i read the part about her falling in love with the guy, then i had no answer b/c psychopaths don`t fall in love, they have victims, not lovers….

  123. By sonny on November 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I`ve studied Psychology for a long time and i`ve never heard a doctor anywhere on the planet say a psychopath can fall in love, they can memick love but thats all, all they can do is say i love you, but it means no more than when you pull the ring on a chatty cathy doll and she says i love you, well do you think the Doll really means it? same with psychopath, they are like a talking minor bird, the Bird just repeats what it has heard someone say…

  124. By sonny on November 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I misspeled mimick. sorry.

  125. By sonny on November 26, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Patriot i`m sorry but you are very wrong, clinton fishers above post is spot on, psychopaths and sociopaths can fool Doctors, they can pass polygraph test with flying colors, so yes they are as fisher points out, very very hard to detect…..who ever put this test together knows absolutely nothing psychopaths..# 1 Psychopaths and sociopaths don`t fall in love. # 2 they are incapable of feeling love or giving love. # 3 they have victims not lovers. # 4 they have no empathy. # 5 they have no remorse. # 6 they have no conscience. # in short they care for nobody except themselves. they don`t even love their own children, so how pray tell can they love someone as a husband or wife or g/f or b/f? simple, they can`t……so the question is bogus…some on here give an answer to the question saying this that and etc. they are not psychopaths b/c if they were they would know psychopaths can`t fall in love….the truth is a psychopath doesn`t even consider you a friend let alone love you, even after they have run you up dry and took your money your health and even your life, to them you were just an idiot that deserves what they did to you….they even bragg about the idiots whose lives they have ruined and people they have killed…this is how they get their jollys….they stay bored most of the time, so ruining peoples lives is what they thrive on, and all the money and property they can get on this ride the better for them…they like sex, money and control…the military loves them, b/c they can kill a thousand people a day and never lose a winks sleep. they can do every evil thing you can imagine and sleep well…some say i wish i could do that..well would you really want to go through life never knowing what love is and miss out on all the good things life has to offer?

  126. By sonny on November 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

    psychopaths and sociopaths hide what they are…their biggest fear is you will figure out what they are, b/c then the game is over and they have to find another sleeper.

  127. By Taylor on December 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

    All this tells me, is that I think of the best possible reason. Nothing more, nothing less.

  128. By Arud on March 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

    So maybe not better than the actual answer, but,
    I thought she met her estranged father. Unknowingly had sex with him, and later had an abortion.
    Somehow I don’t feel like any less of a psychopath for that answer.

  129. By RaeBlair on April 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Her sister and her haven’t talked in years and years, due to family troubles – their mother was ill and father abusive. Not to her knowledge, the man she fell in love with at her mother’s funeral was actually her sister – who is transgendered and had recently undergone her/his surgery after years of hormones that caused physical changes making her unrecognizable. Too ashamed to say anything, as she hasn’t seen her sibling in years and didn’t want to cause any more dismay than the funeral of their mother did, she – now he – didn’t mention this and decided to once again leave and continue not having contact with her sibling. The sister, asking around friends and family, finally finds this out and breaks. She has lost her mother, feels angry that her sibling has lied to her, broken her heart, and blames her for leaving and not being there throughout her sick mother’s life before death and kills her in a fit of shame, anger, depression and psychosis.

    … am i psychotic?

  130. By Vahida on August 31, 2013 at 12:51 am

    What if the guy does show up in her sister’s funeral… what would be her next action to get to that guy?

  131. By sylvia rice on December 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    at first I thought sister did get his mumber and they became lovers, then I thought she killed her sister for no reason because she was unstable, she had been through a lot and letting this man go was the last straw, it was manslaughter!

  132. By Vekas on March 8, 2014 at 8:19 am

    It is difficult to determine psychopathy with out face to face interaction. It needs professional and trained psychologist and a good psychopath test like this

  133. By DanVzare on April 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

    My answer (which as far as I can tell is very unique) was that she finally got in contact with the man, and he told her to kill her sister. And that she was so madly in love with him, she was willing to do it.

    That would then prompt the question, what was his motive?

  134. By chrismakaveli on June 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I’ve been trying to figure out this answer for a long time..being that my girlfriend used this as my security question on my email costing me a job etc…well I guess I’m not psycho because I couldn’t come up with a rational answer without having more information…but on thing I realized is I kept directing the question to myself thinking she was talking crap about me…but now I realize maybe she could have been talking about herself.. how ever I’m not shamed to admit Iam Krazy…I’ve sceen murder deception and more unexplainable life situations that has led people into the point of I’m very cautious and expect my partner to be the same..kuz Iam the 1 YES #makaveli

  135. By chrismakaveli on June 2, 2014 at 12:31 am

    o and k I would have to say where ever u feel comfortable…shit u could put it n the middle of the ocean and Id still b game kuz dat pussy g21d lol

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  140. By SwiftBlade on October 21, 2014 at 5:56 am

    A man was hungry, Inn-keeper place a bucket of KFC. What do you think man will do?

    If you said, he would eat it then simply your logic-faculty is working. Imagining beyond that is just overplaying your hand & perhaps a psycho would dive in to deep thought.

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    Phew! I was a little worried about my answer, but I never would of thought of the true answer. I’m going to try this on a few people I know.

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  143. By muxamud on July 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm

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  144. By tmagikal1 on August 30, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I got it right and ill tell you im not psychopath lol. This is totally about deductive reasoning. How well can you follow a pattern of facts without injecting your own theories….simple.

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