Many in the blogosphere and a few in the mainstream media have noted that, based on his public statements and actions, there seems to be something slightly peculiar about President Bush's behavior.
Some have even speculated that President Bush may have psychopathic tendencies.
One way to judge for yourself is to use the below standard evaluation form used by psychiatrists and see how your insight into the President's public behavior squares with the "psychopath" hypothesis. (You might have to wait a couple of seconds for the form to load.)
Note that you must check off all items before the evaluation can be made.
Added comment: Poll now closed and final results posted below.
This version of PCL-R excludes items that cannot be determined from what is in the public record regarding President Bush. Those items are preselected as "Doesn't Apply" and their omission is factored into the final score. (Please note that the interactive poll functions are disabled.)
POLL CLOSED 1/3/2007, 6:30 P.M., CST - FINAL RESULTS BELOW
|Behavioral Trait||Doesn't Apply||Applies Somewhat||Fully Applies|
|Grandiose sense of self-worth|
|Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom|
|Lack of remorse or guilt|
|Callous/lack of empathy|
|Poor behavioral controls|
|Promiscuous sexual behavior (N/A)|
|Early behavioral problems|
|Lack of realistic, long-term goals|
|Failure to accept responsibility for own actions|
|Many short-term marital relationships (N/A)|
|Juvenile delinquency (N/A)|
|Revocation of conditional release (N/A)|
FINAL RESULTS: Out of 6,595 evaluations submitted, the average score is 32.3850. Discarding both high (40) and low (1) scores produces 5,540 submissions with an average of 31.0404.
4,499 respondents out of 6,595 (68 percent) rated President Bush's public behavior as consistent with that of a psychopath by submitting evaluations with scores over 30.
A score higher than 30 supports a diagnosis of psychopathy (25 in some studies -- 5,566 [84 percent] placed Bush in this category).
US by state breakdown - all scores - (4,460 scores by identifiable state):
Outside US by country breakdown - all countries with >3 submissions - (1,313 scores by identifiable country):
Forensic studies of prison populations have reported average scores of around 22 on PCL-R; "normal" control populations show an average score of around 5.
Scores were adjusted for uncounted items.
Note this reflects only submitted evaluations and doesn't represent a truly random sample.