Don’t walk this way – how your steps tell psychopaths who to attack. by Dr Raj Persaud


US Serial killer, rapist and necrophiliac, Ted Bundy, who shortly before his execution confessed to 30 homicides committed in the 1970s, asserted that “he could tell a victim by the way she walked down the street, the tilt of her head, the manner in which she carried herself, etc . . .”.

This quote is partly what inspired a recent psychology study to test whether psychopaths used the way people walk to decide who to target.

IMG_1445Perhaps predators such as rapists and muggers select their victims by first observing non-verbal behaviour, which they use to decide our dominance, submissiveness, powerfulness, self-confidence, and therefore
ultimately vulnerability to assault.

A new study by academic psychologists based at Brock University, Ontario, Canada and Westfield State University, Massachusetts, USA, has investigated whether psychopaths are skilled in decoding such body language, giving them an advantage in selecting ‘easy’ victims. This skill appears to be part…

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