Psychopaths Talk Different — Like a Wolf

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Psychopaths (relative to their counterparts)

  • included more rational cause-and-effect descriptors (e.g., ‘because’, ‘since’),
  • focused on material needs (food, drink, money)
  • contained fewer references to social needs (family, religion/spirituality).
  • contained a higher frequency of disfluencies (‘uh’, ‘um’) indicating that describing such a powerful, ‘emotional’ event to another person was relatively difficult for them.
  • used more past tense and less present tense verbs in their narrative, indicating a greater psychological detachment from the incident, and their language was less emotionally intense and pleasant.
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