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Washington DC Ranked as the Psychopath Capital of the US

As we enter the political election season, I came across this study that I thought I would share with you. Do these results have anything to do with politicians and everyone who make up the political system? The fact that the biggest employer in Washington DC is the federal government? Of course, this is a little attempt at humor and for those who are interested. Who knows, there could be some correlation. I can only imagine the frame of mind that is needed to survive as well as be a success in Washington DC.


A first-of-its-kind analysis (link below article) ranking state-level estimates of psychopathy across the continental United States and the District of Columbia has found Washington DC harbors the highest concentration of psychopaths in the whole country. The study, from economist Ryan Murphy at Southern Methodist University, builds off existing research that looked at how the so-called Big Five personality traits are spread across US states, based on personality samples of almost 1.6 million people.

When Murphy crunched the numbers, he found Connecticut was the most psychopathic state per capital. When Washington DC was included in the results alongside US states, it resulted in the single most extreme data point in the entire study - with a standardized psychopath score of 3.48 almost double Connecticut's 1.89.


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