The Psychopath Detection Computer Program for CEOs

Boss-Yelling

A team of researchers at Binghamton University claims it has developed a computerized content-analysis tool that reliably and validly measures narcissistic and psychopathic traits in leaders of Fortune 100 companies. The analysis program employs a built-in dictionary of words, phrases and rules that can be used to help predict certain negative personality traits.

The study’s co-author William Spangler, an associate professor in the School of Management at Binghamton, said the program first looks for self-focus words, such as “I,” “me,” “my,” “mine” and “myself.” It then looks for words related to several personality traits.

“Narcissism and psychopathy are aspects of maladaptive personality which can have a serious impact upon individuals and those with whom they interact,” Spangler said.

Via Mashable for the full story.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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