Tests and Jokes – from the diary of the community learning team

From time to time our team consider the plausibility of using Myers-Briggs as part of an interview process together with the information candidates present. We support student and staff development with regular reviews and evaluation, ‘what are we doing for applicants who wish to join?’ is the question.

According to an article in the Guardian newspaper (11 December 2014), the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can provide opportunities for personal and psychological development. It helps to build self-awareness and becomes a great tool for understanding how we interact with the world and the people around us. One of the experts quoted in this article says that personality tests and stress tests are of great use because they can differentiate the degree to which people are acting positively or are terrified. However, one of the comments, written by a Guardian reader, points out that although most people would struggle to cheat convincingly on the test, “ironically, psychopaths and the intrinsically dishonest” probably would not.

The team, continuing with their research, then came across the following simple test for psychopathy on the internet (thanks to Google search!): “Worried you might be a psychopath, free of all empathy and willing to do whatever it takes to meet your own wants and needs? Spoiler: if you’re worrying about being a psychopath, you probably aren’t one. Psychopaths don’t tend to worry about that kind of thing. But if that reasoning alone isn’t good enough for you, it’s time to put your faith in the internet, which has handily come up with a one-question test to establish once and for all if you’re a psychopath. Kind of. Maybe. READY? Here it is… This is a genuine psychological test. It is a story about a girl. While at the funeral of her own mother, she met a guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing, so much her dream guy she believed him to be, that she fell in love with him then and there. A few days later, the girl killed her own sister. What is her motive in killing her sister? Apparently only psychopaths will get the correct answer. Think about it. Ponder. What are you coming up with? Here’s the correct answer, meaning that if you immediately came up with this, the internet has decreed you are a murderous psychopath. Eek. Answer: She was hoping the guy would come to her sister’s funeral.”


(Source: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/reports/news/a42413/one-question-psychopath-test-is-it-real/) They conclude that answering the question correctly definitely reveals something interesting about who we are. “But maybe don’t trust a simplistic riddle from the internet to correctly label you for life, yeah?”

Image: Jim Fallon.  “There’s something dark about you.” (Source: http://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/child/child-behaviour/kids-can-be-born-with-a-psychopath-gene-heres-how-to-switch-it-off/news-story/ce5750f40408ea2fd2ff593cfb2d6da0)