By Grace Vasquez
We all remember that unsettling scene in “Silence Of The Lambs” where Dr. Hannibel Lecter is listening to classical music when he attacks the guards and well, takes a big bite **CHOMP** and kills them! Well now a study has found that unlike most movies, where they portray psychopaths being fond of classical music or jazz, their taste may be quite the opposite.
A new study of volunteers’ tastes in music along with scores from a personality test to see if there was any correlation between music preference and psychopathic traits. What did they find? Well, they’re not listening to classical that’s for sure.
The study found of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, those with the highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of the Blackstreet number one hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself rated highly too. On the other end, whatever their other personality traits might be, fans of The Knack’s My Sharona and Sia’s Titanium were among the least psychopathic. The volunteers were all young and educated but came from different ethnic and economic groups. Interesting huh?
Now, here’s some scary information about 1% of the general population meets the description of a psychopath, but the figure is far higher in prisons, where about one in five has the disorder (and that may be why they are in prison!).
And while the two songs listed imply these people may have psychopath tendencies, researchers said other songs had greater predictive power but declined to name them “out of concern that doing so might compromise any future screening test.” Oh great, just leave us like sitting ducks!
Researchers now plan a larger study to investigate whether the link between musical tastes and psychopathy is real, and if it is, whether groups of songs can predict potential psychopaths. Oh oh, you know what that means right? They’ll be snooping into our radio playlists from Pandora! Delete. Delete. Delete.
The most unnerving information from the study is unlike what the media portrays psychopaths as axe murderers and serial killers, the reality is they might be working right next to you; they blend in. Whaat?! So the next time you think of calling a coworker a “psychopath” you may not be so far off. I’d ask, “hey, do you like ‘No Diggity”? If yes, RUN! ~grace