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Would Donald Trump pass the psychopath test?

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Heard of the psychopath test? It's based on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which is what psychologists use to determine whether someone clinically qualifies as a psychopath. If someone fails the test it doesn't mean they're going to be (or are) a murderer. Nor does it mean they can't function in our society. It means they have a specific set of traits that--let's be honest--help them get ahead in a society that often rewards those who profit at the expense of others.

You've probably heard of antisocial personality disorder. A person who fails the psychopath test may very well qualify for one of the many types of this personality disorders . Think about what you've seen so far from the Donald Trump persona on the campaign trail. Does any of this sound familiar? Here's a list of the criteria for antisocial personality disorder:

--- Gets angry often

--- Is arrogant

--- Manipulates others

--- Acts witty and charming to get what they want

--- Lies frequently

--- Steals

--- Acts aggressively and fights often

--- Breaks the law

--- Doesn't care about others' safety

--- Doesn't show guilt or remorse for actions

Trump certainly gets angry quite a bit. Columbia Journalism Review's Trevor Timm counts at least eleven times Trump has threatened to sue the press during his campaign. He threatened to sue The New York Times over that publication's scoop on his million-dollar tax write-off. He's had members of the press banned from his rallies, he had a Vice reporter arrested, he sued Bill Maher for a joke as to whether he was born an orangutan, Rosie O'Donnell--the list goes on and on.

Trump is arrogant. During the first debate, he said taking advantage of tax loopholes makes him smart. Enough said on this one. I don't think I need to cart out more evidence. But one more: he also said that when you're famous like Trump, women let you get away with anything, including trying to sexually molest them.

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