A psychopath is defined as "a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior." Although it seems that psychopaths are largely misunderstood (they're usually not the knife-wielding maniacs that first come to mind), the thought that you could be one yourself is pretty terrifying.
There have been a lot of meaningless "psychopath tests" circulating on social media lately, and while most of them have been debunked, one recent discovery actually has science to back it up.
We'll give you a hint: it's not great news for Eminem fans.
Music has been shown to be quite beneficial for your mental health.
It can alleviate stress, clear your mind, and even help motivate you, depending on the style.
And while there is a link between music and an improved mental state, there also seems to be a connection that’s not quite so positive.
A recent study by researchers at New York University garnered some surprising results.
They gathered a group of 200 volunteers and proceeded to play 260 songs for them.
They noted which songs were most popular with the volunteers with the highest psychopathic scores as well as the lowest.
And just what were these two songs most likely to appear in a psychopath’s iTunes library?
Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
Head researcher Pascal Wallisch told The Guardian that “The media portrays psychopaths as axe murderers and serial killers, but the reality is they are not obvious; they are not like The Joker in ‘Batman’.”
“They might be working right next to you and they blend in. They are like psychological dark matter.”
The group of volunteers included young, educated individuals from a variety of different economic and ethnic groups.
In order to see where they fell, researchers had them take the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale. The standard personality test for identifying psychopathy, it was first developed in 1995 and is still commonly used today.
Roughly 1 percent of the general population falls under the description of a psychopath.
In the U.S. prison system, about one out of every five prisoners have been shown to have some type of psychological disorder.
And while they were able to identify the songs with the highest link to psychopathy, they also found two of the lowest ones.