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Robert Hare (psychologist)
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is conscience to a psychopath?
(a) A puzzle to be solved.
(b) An emotional safeguard.
(c) A barrier to be jumped.
(d) An intellectual awareness of someone else's rules.

2. What reaction from professionals often frustrates spouses of psychopaths?
(a) Professionals often believe the psychopath rather than the victim.
(b) Professionals often want to incarcerate the psychopath.
(c) Professionals have little useful advice to offer.
(d) Professionals are more easily tricked than lay people.

3. Why did the Australian Supreme Court pronounce Garry David mentally ill?
(a) David's behavior was clearly anti-social.
(b) Anyone with David's history must be mentally ill.
(c) David was obviously schizophrenic.
(d) No psychopath could possibly be sane.

4. What did Dr. Jerrold Post predict that Saddam Hussein would do?
(a) Commit suicide.
(b) Publically apologize.
(c) Back down from confrontation with the U.S.
(d) Escalate the conflict with the U.S.

5. When is the best period for changing the behavior or psychopaths?
(a) Before adolescence.
(b) In early adulthood, when comprehension is best.
(c) In adolesence, when change is inevitable.
(d) After midlife, when emotions become calmer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author see as the antidote to inaccurate diagnoses?

2. What will help you identify a new acquaintance as a psychopath?

3. How did a psychopath flatter forensic psychologist J. Reid Meloy?

4. How can you protect yourself from a psychopath's flattery?

5. What is the danger in placing psychopaths in mental hospitals instead of prison settings?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is a bilateral brain, with each side having separate spheres of influence, more efficient?

2. Why does Kiki Olson say that the inclusion of more women in the workforce has opened new pathways for psychopaths?

3. Why are nurturing, kind-hearted women ideal victims for psychopaths?

4. What theory does the author feel may possibly explain the self-contradictory nature of psychopathic speech?

5. How have family members often unwittingly contributed to a psychopath's misbehavior?

6. What benefits came from public exposure to the man who claimed to be a Berkeley Ph.D. in psychology and was discovered by a local reporter to have faked his resume when he ran for the school board?

7. What characteristics distinguish psychopathic use of non-verbal communication?

8. What "uncanny" ability of psychopaths helps them find potential victims?

9. What is a hypothetical, and why is it dangerous in arriving at a diagnosis of psychopathy?

10. What is it about the speech of psychopaths that may reveal the condition to an astute observer?

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