Friday, December 7, 2018

Time Paradox -- Please do this Quiz!

One thing that Daniel and I talked about in our hitchhiking and other Italian adventures was the different ways that people perceive time and how we thought sociopaths tended to experience time.

I learned that Philip Zimbardo (of Stanford Prison Experiment fame) had a book out in the last decade talking about the different ways that people can and do perceive time.

I wonder if y'all wouldn't mind completing this short test Zimbardo uses to suss out who perceives time in what ways:

And then if you could report what you got in the comments with a rough score on what you are 1-10 in terms of sociopathic traits (bell-curve style, like I was probably an 8 at my peak, now a 7.5 and 10 is basically not functional in modern society without a ton of special accommodations), I'm interested to see if Daniel's observations are correct. Maybe even tell me what type of sociopath you consider yourself, male/female, low or high functioning, successful or struggles, that sort of thing.

Thanks friends!


  1. Time Perspective

    Past-negative: 3.20
    Past-positive: 3.56
    Present-fatalistic: 2.78
    Present-hedonistic: 3.93
    Future: 2.92

    Not sure what my sociopath score is... but evidently I am pretty well rounded according to this :)

    1. I also do not believe I am a full blown soc either maybe tendencies and high functioning.

    2. 2.50

      Maybe 7.5 on a bad day.
      Or good day.
      Depends on the viewpoint I guess.
      High functioning.
      On a good day.


    3. Past-negative: 2.00
      Past-positive: 2.56
      Present-fatalistic: 2.56
      Present-hedonistic: 3.47
      Future: 3.46

      Not a socio. More schizoid. But maybe we should post our Levenson self report scores.

      Primary: 2.6
      Secondary: 2.4

      But I don't relate to the frame of reference in that test

    4. Decided to take the levenson test out of curiosity and i got a 3.5 for primary and 3.9 for secondary

  2. Past-Negative: 2.1
    Past-Positive: 3.67
    Present Fatalism: 1.67
    Present Hedonism: 4.33
    Future: 3.69

    My score is about 7.5-8.7 at most. I am a female. I consider myself to be pretty high-functioning (I've consulted a psychologist about my sociopathy and it was nice overall). I can't exactly predict whether or not I will be a successful professional yet, since I am just starting with college.

  3. Past-negative: 2.00
    Past-positive: 2.11
    Present-fatalistic: 2.89
    Present-hedonistic: 3.73
    Future: 3.08

    I'd say I'm a 6ish, I'm pretty functional, no empathy but I'm not that impulsive either. Kinda in the middle.

  4. socios appear to think that the past is just a misty dream & that today is the only reality? Bad psychos in prison seem to think that its rather pointless to dwell on past crimes, and just seem to think that do-gooders that keep reminding them about those events are more boring than grey paint?

  5. Thanks for this key which is going to help me to understand my struggles

    My results :
    Passé négatif: 3,40
    Passé positif: 2,11
    Présent fataliste: 2,67
    Présent hédoniste: 4,47
    Avenir: 3,15

    Not supposed to be a sociopath but a woman with borderline personality disorder, high functioning and emotional hypersensitivity

  6. Past-negative: 3.20
    Past-positive: 2.56
    Present-fatalistic: 3.33
    Present-hedonistic: 4.20
    Future: 2.00

    Maybe a 4-6? Unlikely much higher.

  7. Time Perspective

    Past-negative: 1.90
    Past-positive: 2.67
    Present-fatalistic: 1.78
    Present-hedonistic: 3.60
    Future: 3.77

    Definitely not a sociopath. But I was bitten by one about 8 years ago. People do change. I am one of them.

    1. Just did the levenson test.
      Primary: 2.6
      Secondary: 2.1
      I am quite sure it would have been different 10 years ago. I am female and consider myself successful in my personal life as well as my professional life.

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  9. Past-negative: 2.00
    Past-positive: 1.78
    Present-fatalistic: 1.89
    Present-hedonistic: 4.00
    Future: 1.62

    As for sociopathic traits... 7-ish?

    My levenson self-report score: primary 3.3 and secondary 3.9

  10. Past-negative: 3.80
    Past-positive: 2.67
    Present-fatalistic: 2.00
    Present-hedonistic: 4.53
    Future: 2.85

    sociopathic traits: 7-7.5???

    go to here see what the score mean:

  11. Past-negative: 1.80
    Past-positive: 1.22
    Present-fatalistic: 2.89
    Present-hedonistic: 2.13
    Future: 3.54

    The past can eat a dick. It happens, process, integrate, move on. The present is fine, because you've structured everything about it to generate and accumulate the only thing that matters for the future: optionality.

    Self-rate? 6.5? 7? "Bell-curve" was the request but that implies that a perfectly normal person is a 5, and I'm thinking that wasn't the intention. Regardless, very high functioning, successful, but getting more soc as I get older so we'll see how that works out.

  12. Past-negative: 2.90
    Past-positive: 2.78
    Present-fatalistic: 3.11
    Present-hedonistic: 3.60
    Future: 2.31

    Sociopathic traits around 7 (not even sure how I'm supposed to measure that accurately)
    I'd say low functioning at this point in time though I have been very high functioning in the pas. I am exhausted by the mask and don't bother wearing it as much as I should, but that's fine since I have basically isolated myself from human contact. Who knows, maybe I'll recharge and become more functioning again in the future.

  13. "-Don´t give me the travel & friends crap" said a dragon in a fairytale. And continued: "-A rather sure sign sombeody is a psycho is when the person (so to speak) weighs everybody in a room and comes to the conclusion that he´s the smartest person there. It´s somehow so important. I´m not a cuddle-dragon and don´t like to be have my scales polished."

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  15. Past-negative: 2.00
    Past-positive: 2.11
    Present-fatalistic: 2.89
    Present-hedonistic: 4.07
    Future: 2.62

    Sociopathic score 8.5
    19, female, very high functioning

    I heard that each time you look back on a memory it becomes less accurate. So there's literally no point recalling a memory for the sake of pleasure, because chances are you are 95% lying to yourself, trying to make it better than it actually was in that moment. You can never move forward if you are thinking of the past, good or bad - because nothing exists outside the present moment, in which everything that you know, all your resources at that point, is supremacy. Like now.

  16. Past-negative: 3.70
    Past-positive: 2.22
    Present-fatalistic: 2.78
    Present-hedonistic: 3.00
    Future: 3.31

    Female, 7 at this point of my life. High functioning.

  17. Past-negative: 3.40
    Past-positive: 2.11
    Present-fatalistic: 2.22
    Present-hedonistic: 3.20
    Future: 3.46

    Male, 40, not sure about my sociopathic score and may see about taking similar tests to get an idea.
    Having said all that, I have no idea what the above scores indicate (!)


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