Researchers at Cornell University have published a study based on interviews with convicted murderers that outlines what to look for to recognize a psychopath:
- A lack of emotion. People who show a lack of emotion might not just be tired after a long stressful day, or even just over-medicated by their quack doctor – they may be unfeeling killing machines.
- Speaks in terms of cause-and-effect when describing their crimes. Of course, if someone is volunteering information about crimes they have committed, that might be a tip-off right there.
- Focuses their attention on basic needs, such as food, drink and money. Anyone who talks about food, drink, and money is someone to run from, possibly screaming if it seems warranted. So Emeril and Niel Cavuto are real suspects here.
- Psychopaths are typically profoundly selfish. So if you know anyone who thinks of themselves first, chances are they want to behead you and eat your esophagus.
- Psychopaths are known for being cunning and manipulative, unlike say CEOs or insurance salesmen.
- Psychopaths use more dysfluencies — the “uhs” and “ums” that interrupt speech. Nearly universal in speech, dysfluencies indicate that the speaker needs some time to think about what they are saying. With regard to psychopaths, “We think the ‘uhs’ and ‘ums’ are about putting the mask of sanity on.” So if you know someone what actually thinks about what they say before they say it, you should kill them before they kill you.