"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a fully functioning sociopath. Do your research."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes
My PhD student Ryan Cook and I are currently developing/validating a novel measure of workplace psychopathic tendencies based on a the conditional reasoning approach.
The Conditional Reasoning Test of Workplace Psychopathy ("the CRT" for short below) is designed to indirectly capturing psychopathic tendencies of individuals, without the test-taker being aware this is what the test is measuring.
The CRT includes a series scenarios that test-takers must read. Each scenarios is followed by a question and four response options. Some options are associated with what so-called "justification mechanisms" that are typical of corporate psychopaths (e.g., impulsivity, social superiority, insensitivity). As such, depending on the response options chosen by the individual across all the test, their overall score signals lower or higher psychopathic tendencies.
We have already conducted several studies with several thousands of participants from Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. in total. Our results demonstrate the following:
We are currently developing new studies to test the CRT in various organizational contexts.
If you are interested in research collaboration or using the CRT for workplace psychopathy in practice, please contact us.