Psychopaths Say The Strangest Things…

The "Word" is truly mightier then the sword...

As language is the universal “tell”, it makes sense that the better we understand its construction, the more effective we will be.  To this end, researchers at Cornell University conducted a study which analyzed the speech patterns of 14 imprisoned clinically psychopathic male murderers where each were individually asked to describe their crimes in full detail.

The result of the interviews were then subjected to computer analysis by the researchers and the results were interesting to say the least.  As it showed the psychopaths tended to use more conjunctions like “because,” “since” or “so that,” which implied they believed the crime “had to be done” to obtain a particular goal.  What struck me as somewhat scary is isn’t this what most of us do every day to earn a living?  As if you’re not doing something to achieve a goal, than why do it correct?

To this later point, in conjunction the researchers also found that the psychopaths tended to use twice as many words relating to their physical needs.  Examples were things such as food, sex, or money, yet in turn when the researchers studied non-psychopaths they found the use of more words focusing on social needs that included family, religion, and spirituality.

From this research it was clear that psychopathic murderers use words which reveal a high level of selfishness, detachment, along with emotional flatness, in their speech patterns.  While this post might be perceived as a helpful tutorial to identify (male) workplace psychopathic murders.  In actuality the goal ( dare I use that word) is share the dynamics as “man” being a human animal, and his words are a gateway to his psyche.

As in prior posts, I’ve on the written on the topic of magic words, “tells” and reading movements to establish truths and lies.  So this “clinical” research adds the knowledge base of reading the human animal like an open book.  As even as basic understanding will not only help us competitively, however personally too.  As if we just listen to ourselves (which people typically don’t) we can find out a lot about how we really feel as many times we suppress the thoughts we don’t want to deal with, yet we allow them to manifest via our words.

In fact, not only do we do it, others which we interact with on a daily bases do also.  Where understanding what is really under pinning a conversation is in fact more critical then the conversation itself…

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About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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