California is full of psychopaths, ranks 2nd in nation, study finds

Ever feel like there’s something sinister lurking behind the crunchy granola, yoga-loving, avocado-eating facade of your fellow Californians? Now there’s research to back you up.

California is among the two U.S. states with the highest concentration of psychopaths, according to a working study from Southern Methodist University released on the Social Science Research network this week. The study looks at trends in personality traits across areas (the study hasn’t yet gone through the full peer review process, so take the findings with a grain of salt).

The only places with more psychopaths? Connecticut (thanks, hedge funds!) and, shocker, the District of Columbia. Other highly psychopathic states include New Jersey, New York and Wyoming, while West Virginia, Vermont and Tennessee are among the lease psychopathic states.

“The presence of psychopaths in District of Columbia is consistent with the conjecture found in Murphy (2016) that psychopaths are likely to be effective in the political sphere,” the author writes.

The author, Ryan Murphy, combined the findings of two past papers, one that mapped distribution of the “big five” personality traits (neuroticism, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion and openness to experience) across states and one that tracked which of those five personality traits most closely corresponded with psychopathy, to get the results. …

Click here to read the full article from KCRA


  1. Originally fleeing a highly populated state and coming to California in the 1970’s, I am one who has seen the progression of the impact on the population over time as the population increases, as it has in California. I believe there is an effect on the human psyche and the more crazies you have by density. Not surprising that the mid-West is still “traditional” in comparison.

  2. Nobody does psychopaths like Sacramento does psychopaths.

  3. We have a way to keep an eye on our psychopaths in California, we elect them to public office.

  4. Damocles says

    Well I’m inclined to say show me another ” poll ” or ” study ” done by someone other than a religious group who believe that tea and coffee are mortal sins. Plenty of school shootings and mass murder going on in other states but , once again California gets the spotlight . Stinks like more political wrangling to me . I am NOT a democrap .

  5. In California psychopath is the new normal.

  6. CaliExpat says

    If NARCISSISM qualifies as psychopathic behavior, then this is not surprising whatsoever…
    Given the propensity of those in “entertainment” to congregate in California for the mild climate (the same reason that “the industry” congregated there 100 years ago), and their psychopathic need for attention, this is not news to anyone who’s paying attention…
    But at least it’s nice to know that it’s OFFICIAL….
    But the weather’s nice…er, wait….

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