Secret Psychopath Test Could Keep Dating Apps Safe
BY DANA DOVEY ON 10/21/17 AT 7:28 AM
He lives next door, is an excellent liar, and is only pretending to care how your parents are doing.
No, not your ex, but rather a real-life psychopath. Most don’t realize that psychopaths are rarely tucked away in high security prisons, but often live right down the street.
Thankfully, Dr. Pascal Wallisch has our back, and the psychologist is hoping to protect us, the 99 percent of the population that can physically feel empathy and regret, from those who can’t.
The term psychopath is used so often in media and everyday speech that the true meaning sometimes gets lost. Beyond the Hollywood glamor, psychopathy is a psychological diagnosis affecting a small but very prominent proportion of the global population.
…The disorder is characterized by disregard for others, constant violation of another’s rights, irritability, aggression, and extremely manipulative tendencies.
Overall, not a bunch of personality traits that you’d like someone with power over others to posses. At least that’s what Wallisch believes, and he’s taking an active to role develop a way to prevent this from happening.
….The end product will be an easy and reliable tool to help the users become more aware of the presence of those with psychopathic personality traits, whether in the workplace or on the online dating scene.
There’s no saying if the test will work or not, but is there even a need to pick out psychopaths by stealth?
Modern psychology evaluations do exist and are meant to keep some potentially dangerous individuals from holding positions of power and authority, such as working in law enforcement.
However, Wallisch and Murrough agree that these tests often don’t work as it’s a widely known fact that psychopaths are likely to lie and purposely manipulate otherse.
…As a scientist, Wallisch says it’s not his responsibility to make decisions on policy and ethics. He simply wants to supply society with the tools needed to accurately pick out psychopaths—anywhere any time—whether this is used as the prerequisite for buying a firearm or before you sign up to a dating app.