This Riddle Can Supposedly Determine If You’re A Psychopath Or Not
Every now and then, a riddle appears online that purports to tell you if you’re a psychopath or not. There are several that are often cited, but here are two somewhat notorious examples picked out by Business Insider.
The first is a tale of murder and funerals.
“While at her own mother’s funeral, a woman meets a guy she doesn’t know. She thinks this guy is amazing — her dream man — and is pretty sure he could be the love of her life. However, she never asked for his name or number and afterwards could not find anyone who knows who he was. A few days later the girl kills her own sister — but why?”
There are many ways to answer this question, but if you suggest that it’s because the girl thought the man would turn up at her sister’s subsequent funeral, you’re apparently a bit of a psychopath.
The second, which actually comes from an official questionnaire used in several studies, involves a battle between individual rescue and the greater good — an assessment of utilitarianism.