The Good Psychopath


In December 2013, Dr. Kevin Dutton conducted a national ‘psychopath survey’ of the UK. Since it first appeared over 2.5 million people have taken part and found out for themselves.

Psychopathic traits can lead to success in life. Everyone has psychopathic characteristics to some degree. Take the test to get a general idea of where you sit on the spectrum.


You rarely catch me making any plans, I'm far too spontaneous.

I'd have no problem cheating on my partner if I knew I could get away with it.

If I got a better offer, I wouldn't mind cancelling long-standing plans.

I don't get bothered by seeing animals injured or in pain.

It would be fun to drive fast cars, ride rollercoasters and go skydiving.

I think it's OK to step over other people to achieve my own ambitions.

I'm very persuasive, and getting people to do what I want is a real talent of mine.

My ability to make quick decisions means I would suit a dangerous job.

When the people around me are crumbling under pressure, I'm the one with a cool head.

If someone gets conned who cares? They're asking for it.

I'm rarely to blame for things going wrong; it's usually the fault of the people around me.

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Andy McNab… Good Psychopath.

A couple of years ago psychology expert Kevin Dutton invited SAS hero Andy McNab to a laboratory to take a Clockwork Orange style personality test. The results were revealing. Follow their conversation on Twitter as Andy talks about discovering his psychopathic nature and Kevin explains the science of being a Good Psychopath.


All psychopaths are bad?

Contrary to popular belief, not all psychopaths are bad. So you needn’t worry if your test score is high. However, if you got a low score you might be lacking some of the traits that enable Good Psychopaths to succeed in life.

What is a good psychopath?

And how can thinking like one help you to be the best that you can be?

Dr. Kevin Dutton has spent a lifetime studying psychopaths. He first met former SAS hero Andy McNab during a research project. What he found surprised him. McNab is high on the psychopath spectrum but he is a GOOD PSYCHOPATH. Unlike a BAD PSYCHOPATH, he is able to dial up or down qualities such as ruthlessness, fearlessness, conscience and empathy to get the very best out of himself – and others – in a wide range of situations.

Drawing on the combination of Andy McNab’s wild and various experiences and Dr. Kevin Dutton’s expertise in analysing them, together they have explored the ways in which a good psychopath thinks differently and what that could mean for you. What do you really want from life, and how can you develop and use qualities such as charm, coolness under pressure, self-confidence and courage to get it? The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success gives you a unique and entertaining road-map to self-fulfilment both in your personal life and your career.