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Is there an online psychopath test that is accurate?

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While online tests gauging the presence of psychopathy may provide useful information, diagnosis from an experienced medical doctor is the only trusted source. The PCL-R, or 'Psychopathy Checklist-Revised' test is often used by psychologists to diagnose patients and persons in the criminal justice system, explains NPR health expert Alix Spiegel.

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As many as 5 percent of Americans have psychopathic or sociopathic personality disorders, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, considered the gold standard in mental health expertise. While they may appear outwardly successful, people with psychiatric disorders often have a tendency to manipulate others, find themselves in trouble with the law and exhibit destructive behaviors that may lead to aggression and violent acts.

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