Friday, December 30, 2005

I believe I have 'outed' myself as a psychopath at work

Anyone remember the question that was supposedly created by a psychiatrist, and if you answered 'correctly', it meant that you think like a psychopath:

Psychological Test:

Read this question, come up with an answer--
A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met this guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing, She believed him to be her dream and she fell in love with him right there but did not ask for his number and no matter how hard she tried she could not find him. A few days later she killed her sister.

Question: What is her motive in killing her sister?

This floated around the WD once, and I remember that I got the answer right. It was the only thing that made sense to me, and I couldn't imagine what other answers people might come up with. But I never talked about it with anyone, and never got any feedback.

Flash forward to today. I went into the filing room at work and all the temps (probably 10 of them) were talking about something that sounded intriguing. I asked what was up, and someone said there was this question that some psychologist made up, and if you answer it right it means you think like a psychopath. I said, "oh, yeah, I flunked that one." They asked what I meant, and I told them that I knew the right answer right away, that it was the only answer that had ever come to mind for me, and asked if that was bad. They all seemed a tiny bit stunned and didn't seem to believe I knew it. I asked, "the one with the mother's funeral? Yeah, she killed the sister so (I won't post the answer here in case anyone's interested in playing). Did any of you get it?" Nope. Not one of them. And they seemed a bit stunned or tickled or maybe a bit nervous that I did.



Meghan said...


I kept looking for your blog, but everytime I clicked on your name link - it took me to a profile with no blog.

Man, do I have a lot of catch up reading to do here!

Anonymous said...

Meg, mouse is certainly prolific! It's good in that when the internet is quiet and I need something new, chances are mouse (or bettie) have updated!

I replied in Testing mouse, but I just think that the problem wa sone of the types that yourbrain can solve easily. Those logic problems and things kind of fit into forumlae, and if you're switched onto one type of formula, you'd be able to easily solve any problems which fell into that mould.


Lolly said...

I set my blog so it's private and can't be Googled [paranoid], and for some reason it means that you can't see it from the profile. You have to go through the link to the blog itself, which is in my WD profile. Feel free to add a link to your own blog, so you can find me again. And welcome!

And Helen, I understand what you're saying, and what it boils down to is that I think like a psychopath. ;-)

Meghan said...

This may sound a bit weird... but I'm so happy knowing *you* have a blog I can come read.

You are one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know... and I truly hope to meet you outside of Blog & BG land sooner rather than later.

Lolly said...

Meghan, you have reduced me to inaccurate Sally Field quotes:

"You like me. You really like me!"

You are very kind and very sweet. I would love to meet you in the real world, too.

*big hugs and kisses*