Stop me if you've heard this one before. Oh, yeah, you can't.
Okan sent this to me yesterday, and I'm still not sure whether I'm dismayed that I got it right immediately or kind of proud because I love doing well on tests, even when the test measures total derangement. (I was once looking up the signs of clinical depression on the Internet to see if I was depressed and in need of treatment, rather than just blue. I cheered up so much when I got a perfect score on the Hamilton Depression Index that no further intervention was necessary.)
I maintain that calling it "the psychopath test" is such a huge giveaway that the question couldn't possibly have any diagnostic value. But because there's that little niggling concern in my mind, I figured I'd run it up the Ricochet flagpole and see who else shoots it dead without so much as a measurable change in his galvanic skin response and then goes out for a box of donuts and never thinks about it again.
So, the e-mail goes like this:
Read this question, then come up with an answer. This is not a trick question. It is as it reads. No one I know has gotten it right. Few people do.
A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met a man she did not know.
She thought the man was amazing. She believed him to be the man of her dreams--so much that she fell in love with him right there, but she never asked for his number and afterwards couldn't find him.
A few days later she killed her sister.
Question: What was her motive for killing her sister?
Suggest your answers; I'll tell you the right answer at the end of the day. Apparently, if you come up with that answer, it's a bad, bad sign.
The e-mail says it was a test used by an American psychologist to determine whether the subject had a killer's mind. (This could of course be nonsense, and I'd guess probably is.) But the legend says that many arrested serial killers answered the question correctly. And so did I--without having to think about it much, frankly. I mean, it's obvious, isn't it?
UPDATE: The Psychopath Answer