Thursday, November 05, 2015

Is Martin Shkreli a Psychopath?

Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, is a former hedge fund manager who has become the public face of the drug pricing controversy after his company raised the price of the anti-infection drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent.

Now the Senate’s special committee on aging requested documents and information from Turing and invited Shkreli to testify.

Shkreli taunted politicians on Tweeter days before the Senate invite, saying he was "In DC. If any politicians want to start, come at me" (read "Senate Invites Turing CEO Shkreli to Visit. Just What He Wanted!") - a taunt typical of a Psychopath. Indeed, Shkreli has been called a "morally bankrupt sociopath," a "greedy sociopath," a "sociopathic bounty hunter," and an "evil sociopathic asshole."

I don't think Shkreli is a sociopath - I think he better fits the profile of a psychopath. To find out, I took a PsychCentral "Psychopathy Quiz" posing as Shkreli and supplying answers I thought indicative of his behavior. So, how did he score?

PsychCentral pulled no punches in its analysis of the results: "You scored a total of 21. You answered this quiz consistent with people who score high on measures of psychopathy and psychopathic behavior. This high score suggests that you likely have psychopathic tendencies."

Here's how I answered the questions. You tell me if I hit the mark or not.


  1. Anonymous4:53 PM

    Sounds like a good deal of narcissism in this profile, as well, a likely link to psychopathology.

  2. Anonymous8:23 AM

    Why don't you ring up Shkreli and actually ask him to take the test himself

    1. He doesn't speak to the likes of me - I invited him to be a guest on my podcast show, but he refused.

  3. or a malignant narcissist

  4. There's a fine line between a sociopath and a psycopath.. but I reckon most big pharma CEO's could fit somewhere on those spectrums..

  5. He isn't narcissist, I've personally have dealt with a narcissistic abuser, psychopath sounds more like it


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