How To Tell A Psychopathic Murderer Just By Listening To Them

Posted by on October 24th, 2011


We’ve all been there.

You are almost positive that a friend, neighbor or even family member is a psychopathic murderer. But how to be sure?

Well wait no longer! Researchers based out of Cornell have concluded that there are tell-tale signs in the speech of psychopathic murderers even specifically different than those of non-psychopathic murderers.

To examine the emotional content of the murderers’ speech, Hancock and his colleagues looked at a number of factors, including how frequently they described their crimes using the past tense. The use of the past tense can be an indicator of psychological detachment, and the researchers found that the psychopaths used it more than the present tense when compared with the nonpsychopaths. They also found more dysfluencies — the “uhs” and “ums” that interrupt speech — among psychopaths. Nearly universal in speech, dysfluencies indicate that the speaker needs some time to think about what they are saying.

The study also found that psychopaths were more fixated on self-preservation factors including eating, drinking and monetary resources to justify their actions.


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