Who can forget American Psycho, the movie that followed a Wall Street antihero through his shallow yuppie existence only made better by his frequent need to chop up prostitutes? The movie highlighted a gruesome truth about our financial system: it is run by many psychos who take massive risks with grandma’s pension without a care whether their half-baked bets leave her penniless.
However, it turns out Patrick Bateman’s home state of New York doesn’t have the highest concentration of psychopaths, according to a new study by economist Ryan Murphy at Southern Methodist University. Connecticut does.
Connecticut rates highest of the high states that rank on the psycho scale. That makes a bit of sense–the most successful New York psychopaths have moved to Greenwich, New Canaan, and Westport. I should know. I see their huge mansions on my walk around my in-law’s neighborhood. They’re the ones that probably wish they could run me over with their Mercedes S-Class on their way to work so they can legally rob some people.
New Englander’s might call foul on this though. The researchers found that Washington D.C. has the highest concentration of full-blown psychos in all the land. They get off on the technicality that it’s not actually a state. Politicians, investment bankers, and lawyers are more likely to score somewhere on the sociopath spectrum.
So do actors and Hollywood producers. I’m not at all surprised that California ranked second on this list. We have psycho potential all over the north with tech and the south with the movie and television industry.
Other psycho states are New Jersey, New York and…Wyoming…which was a tie. What’s going on in the state of my favorite childhood destination, Yellowstone Park, the treasured home of Yogi the Bear?!
Read the whole story and how the researchers broke down the technicals here.
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