Dr. Robert Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R)

Dr. Robert Hare

“If I wasn’t studying psychopaths in prison, I’d do it at the stock exchange”, says Dr. Hare

Dr. Robert Hare is a Canadian psychiatrist who’s a world-renowned expert on psychopaths.  His Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) “is a diagnostic tool used to rate a person’s psychopathic or antisocial tendencies. People who are psychopathic prey ruthlessly on others using charm, deceit, violence or other methods that allow them to get with they want. The symptoms of psychopathy include: lack of a conscience or sense of guilt, lack of empathy, egocentricity, pathological lying, repeated violations of social norms, disregard for the law, shallow emotions, and a history of victimizing others”.

The twenty traits assessed by the PCL-R score are:

  1. glib and superficial charm
  2. grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
  3. need for stimulation
  4. pathological lying
  5. cunning and manipulativeness
  6. lack of remorse or guilt
  7. shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
  8. callousness and lack of empathy
  9. parasitic lifestyle
  10. poor behavioral controls
  11. sexual promiscuity
  12. early behavior problems
  13. lack of realistic long-term goals
  14. impulsivity
  15. irresponsibility
  16. failure to accept responsibility for own actions
  17. many short-term marital relationships
  18. juvenile delinquency
  19. revocation of conditional release
  20. criminal versatility

Read more: Hare Psychopathy Checklist

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