Study claims that if you like Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' you might be a psychopath
It is one of the most iconic songs of all time, and I guarantee that most of the population of the world can at least rap a little bit of that intro. I am, of course, talking about the theme tune of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! Lol, just kidding, I'm talking about Lose Yourself - the smash hit by Eminem that was released in 2002 and went on to go quadruple platinum as well as featuring in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
However, while it may be a song to define an era; if you are a big fan of Lose Yourself, it turns out you are also possibly a psychopath.
That is according to a completely random study that was performed by the New York University, which found that people who liked the songs "No Diggity" by Blackstreet, and "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, are more likely to have psychopathic tendencies.
Obviously, this goes against infamous psychopaths like Alex in A Clockwork Orange and Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, who preferred classical music to hip hop tracks. The results, which are preliminary and unpublished, have caused such intrigue among scientists that they are now set to launch a major study in which thousands of people across the psychopathy spectrum will be asked about their musical preferences.
So if psychos listen to Eminem and Black Street, what do the least psychopathic people listen to? Well, the answer to that is My Sharona by The Knack, and Titanium by Sia.
"The media portrays psychopaths as axe murderers and serial killers, but the reality is they are not obvious; they are not like The Joker in Batman. They might be working right next to you, and they blend in. They are like psychological dark matter," said Pascal Wallisch, who led the research.
It's estimated that about one per cent of the general population is psychopathic, but in prison the figure is much higher, with one in five prisoners having the disorder.
"You don’t want to have these people in positions where they can cause a lot of harm," said Wallisch. "We need a tool to identify them without their cooperation or consent."
The larger study will now investigate whether there is a clear link between musical tastes and psychopathy, and whether groups of songs can predict potential psychopaths. If the team can identify a group of say, 30 songs, they could then create playlists of them for online music providers to use to identify potential psychopaths.
If you're unsure of the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath, take a look at the video below which outlines the key differences.
"The beauty of this idea is you can use it as a screening test without consent, cooperation or maybe even the knowledge of the people involved," Wallisch said. "The ethics of this are very hairy, but so is having a psychopath as a boss, and so is having a psychopath in any position of power."
Fortunately for ethicists, the possibility is some way off yet. "This work is very preliminary," Wallisch added. "This is not the end of an investigation, it is the very beginning."
So next time you're on Spotify or Apple Music, avoid listening to Lose Yourself or Back Street, as it will be giving out the wrong impression of you.