For me, the very first episode of season one answers that question. After watching it I asked myself, “What if Frank Underwood took The Psychopath Test?”
Keep in mind, Dr. Hare believes the test should only be considered valid if it is given in the correct environment by a properly trained clinician.
If you took the test, here’s how you would score it: For each question answer with 0, 1, or 2.
0= No, does not apply to me at all 1= Somewhat applies to me 2= Yes, this definitely applies to me
If Frank Underwood took the psychopath test, it would most likely be late in the evening. He would be sitting alone, in one of his reading chairs. As he slowly placed his short glass of Blanton’s Single-Barrel Bourbon on a coaster emblazoned with the White House insignia, it would probably go something like this:
“Let’s see now, Frank… on a scale of 0 to 2… do I exhibit…
1- Glib and superficial charm?
2- A grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self?
3- A need for stimulation?
4- A habit of pathological lying?
5- A cunning and manipulativeness about me?
6- A lack of remorse or guilt?
7- Shallow affect? (superficial emotional responsiveness)
8- Callousness and lack of empathy?
9- A parasitic lifestyle?
10- Poor behavioral controls?
11- Sexual promiscuity?
12- Behavior problems at an early age?
13- A lack of realistic long-term goals?
16- Failure to accept responsibility for my actions?
17- Have I had many short-term marital relationships?
18- Juvenile delinquency?
19- Revocation of conditional release?
20- Criminal versatility?”
Now add up the scores you gave Frank for the answers you believe he would have given.
As a true psychopath he would have scored 30 or higher with 40 being his maximum score. If he scored around 5 he’s considered normal. If his score was 2o-22 he’s most likely a non-psychopathic criminal. (I scored him hitting a hard 34.)
So, how did he do when you tested him?