Jon Ronson on How to Spot A Psychopath (Video)

American PsychoThe Guardian has an excerpt of Jon Ronsom’s new book The Psychopath Test:

It was visiting hour at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital and patients began drifting in to sit with their loved ones at tables and chairs that had been fixed to the ground. They were mostly overweight, wearing loose, comfortable T-shirts and elasticated sweatpants. There probably wasn’t much to do in Broadmoor but eat. I wondered if any of them were famous. Broadmoor was where they sent Ian Brady, the Moors murderer, and Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.

A man in his late 20s walked towards me. His arm was outstretched. He wasn’t wearing sweatpants. He was wearing a pinstripe jacket and trousers. He looked like a young businessman trying to make his way in the world, someone who wanted to show everyone that he was very, very sane. We shook hands.

“I’m Tony,” he said. He sat down.

“So I hear you faked your way in here,” I said. (Read More in the Guardian)

Ronson also created a video about his new project:

16 Comments on "Jon Ronson on How to Spot A Psychopath (Video)"

  1. IrishPotatoGun | May 23, 2011 at 1:26 am |

     You voted for them.

  2. IrishPotatoGun | May 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm |

     You voted for them.

  3. DeepCough | May 23, 2011 at 2:28 am |

    Just as society likes to throw violent people in violent prisons run by violent people, it also likes to put “psychopaths,” people who do not rigidly fit the narrow ideal of a proper citizen or human being in places with “psychotics” which just so happened to be run by the biggest psychopaths of all.

  4. DeepCough | May 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm |

    Just as society likes to throw violent people in violent prisons run by violent people, it also likes to put “psychopaths,” people who do not rigidly fit the narrow ideal of a proper citizen or human being in places with “psychotics” which just so happened to be run by the biggest psychopaths of all.

    • “…people who do not rigidly fit the narrow ideal of a proper citizen”
      Possessing the ability to experience empathy and remorse isn’t what I’d call a “narrow ideal.”

  5. Anonymous | May 23, 2011 at 11:21 am |

    If everyone’s a psychopath, then being psychopathic is what must be defined as normal.

  6. If everyone’s a psychopath, then being psychopathic is what must be defined as normal.

  7. The whole systems idea is to keep the psychopaths running the show and the sane people who can bring them down in the loony bins.

  8. The whole systems idea is to keep the psychopaths running the show and the sane people who can bring them down in the loony bins.

  9. that was stupid kind of but the sims video was pretty funny heh

  10. that was stupid kind of but the sims video was pretty funny heh

  11. “…people who do not rigidly fit the narrow ideal of a proper citizen”
    Possessing the ability to experience empathy and remorse isn’t what I’d call a “narrow ideal.”

  12. The book talks about 1% of the population.

  13. Navysealteam7 | May 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm |

    You can’t stare into the abyss without the abyss staring back into you… The ability to negate empathy is a trait prized by successful individuals. You can’t climb any ladder of success unless you’re able to seperate yourself from individuals who are just trying to make it and who just want the basic happiness of being alive. Psychopath’s are motivated by a sense of power they desire to experience it exponentially over time. I think Psychopaths Bible offers better insight into this interesting area of human experience >;)

  14. Navysealteam7 | May 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm |

    You can’t stare into the abyss without the abyss staring back into you… The ability to negate empathy is a trait prized by successful individuals. You can’t climb any ladder of success unless you’re able to seperate yourself from individuals who are just trying to make it and who just want the basic happiness of being alive. Psychopath’s are motivated by a sense of power they desire to experience it exponentially over time. I think Psychopaths Bible offers better insight into this interesting area of human experience >;)

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