Was Steve Jobs a Psychopath?

This somewhat bitter article about Steve Jobs on Reuters made me wonder how the self-described Buddhist would have fared on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. Put on your internet-expert psychology hat, here we go:

  • glib and superficial charm – 2
  • grandiose (exaggerated high) estimation of self – 2
  • need for stimulation – 1
  • pathological lying – 2
  • cunning and manipulativeness – 2
  • lack of remorse or guilt – 2
  • shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness) – 2
  • callousness and lack of empathy – 2
  • parasitic lifestyle – 1
  • poor behavioral controls – 2
  • sexual promiscuity – 1
  • early behavior problems – 1
  • lack of realistic long-term goals – 0 (in hindsight, but could also be a 2)
  • impulsivity – 2
  • irresponsibility – 1
  • failure to accept responsibility for own actions – 2
  • many short-term marital relationships – 2
  • juvenile delinquency – 0
  • revocation of conditional release – 0
  • criminal versatility – 1

With a total of 28 Steve clearly exceeded the average non-psychopathic criminal score of 22, but he was not a psychopath. Take that you Foxconn whiners!

Of course, your clinical judgment and scoring may differ. Personally I’ve confined my research on the topic primarily to American Psycho because the complete omission of turtlenecks from the Hare checklist makes if of doubtful validity.

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