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Donald Trump has more psychopathic traits than Adolf Hitler: Oxford study

India TV News Desk New Delhi August 23, 2016 17:29 IST
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In an embarrassment to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a new Oxford study has come to the conclusion that he has more psychopathic traits compared to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

The study was conducted by Psychologist Kevin Dutton from Oxford University who ranked all US presidential candidates and historical figures comparing their psychopathic traits

Dutton used a standard psychometric tool -- the Psychopathic Personality Inventory -- Revised (PPI-R) – for measuring the psychopathic traits of these people.

Even Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton would be embarrassed by this study as she far exceeded tyrannical Roman emperor Nero, who ranked 10, on traits such as Machiavellian egocentricity.

The only consolation for Hillary is that she ranked lower than Donald Trump on the parameters set for studying  psychopathic traits.

Trump outstripped Hitler on factors including social influence and fearlessness, while the Nazi dictator scored higher on cold-heartedness and Machiavellian egocentricity -- which describes a lack of empathy and sense of detachment from others for the sake of achieving one’s own goals.

Experts on the political figures were asked to answer 56 questions from the psychopathic personality inventory-revised (PPI-R) test to determine a score.

The test measures personality traits including fearlessness, cold-heartedness, egocentricity, ruthlessness, self-confidence, charisma, dishonesty and deficits in empathy and conscience.

While Hitler scored an overall 169 points, Trump ranked slightly higher with 171 points. Margaret Thatcher scored 136 points and Elizabeth I scored 130, ‘The Telegraph’ reported.

Former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, topped the list with a score of 189.

“The PPI-R does not say that someone is or is not a psychopath. It scores them on eight traits that contribute to a psychopathic character,” said Dutton.

Trump outscored the other candidates in “fearless dominance,” the area associated with successful presidencies.

The findings were published in the journal Scientific American Mind.

(With PTI inputs)