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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry In This Madcap Journey, A Bestselling Journalist Investigates Psychopaths And The Industry Of Doctors, Scientists, And Everyone Else Who Studies Them The Psychopath Test Is A Fascinating Journey Through The Minds Of Madness Jon Ronson S Exploration Of A Potential Hoax Being Played On The World S Top Neurologists Takes Him, Unexpectedly, Into The Heart Of The Madness Industry An Influential Psychologist Who Is Convinced That Many Important CEOs And Politicians Are, In Fact, Psychopaths Teaches Ronson How To Spot These High Flying Individuals By Looking Out For Little Telltale Verbal And Nonverbal Clues And So Ronson, Armed With His New Psychopath Spotting Abilities, Enters The Corridors Of Power He Spends Time With A Death Squad Leader Institutionalized For Mortgage Fraud In Coxsackie, New York A Legendary CEO Whose Psychopathy Has Been Speculated About In The Press And A Patient In An Asylum For The Criminally Insane Who Insists He S Sane And Certainly Not A Psychopath Ronson Not Only Solves The Mystery Of The Hoax But Also Discovers, Disturbingly, That Sometimes The Personalities At The Helm Of The Madness Industry Are, With Their Drives And Obsessions, As Mad In Their Own Way As Those They Study And That Relatively Ordinary People Are, And , Defined By Their Maddest Edges. 3.5 I m not sure how much I learned about Psychopaths but I learned I like the author a lot He s awkward and anxious in the most relatable way If you re going to read this book, do yourself a favour and get the audiobook A breezy, entertaining journey through the public effects of madness, with particular attention to the impact of the psychopath on society Ronson is an excellent writer with a fine sense of humor who knows how to tell a good story in plain language That he is able to do this while making subtle observations about our society shows what a really good writer he is. I read this in about a 4 hour span, from 12 am 4 am It freaked me out and I slept with the lights on But on with the review So I ve read things about psychopaths previously How their brains are actually wired differently and they are unable to feel empathy, etcetc Psychopathy is incurable Psychopathy, in its violent and sexual strands, is outright fucking terrifying But Ronson s book talks about the frequent misdiagnosis of psychopathy And the misdiagnosis of many other mental illnesses that may in fact just be trying to label and profit off of various human eccentricities I thought it was interesting Especially the inmate Tony who scammed his way into the Mental Hospital hoping for nicer amenities and found himself unable to convince the doctors of his sanity for another 20 years 13 years after his prison sentence was originally intended to be over That s some real life One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest stuff When the majority decides that the only thing needed to stamp a lifelong label of psychopath is a score over 30 on a 20 point behavioral checklist, an incredible danger arises Misuse and misguided priorities in diagnosis can ruin lives, create madness instead of protect against it As relatively new fields, I think psychotherapy and the psychiatric world at large are bound to make huge changes in their approach as they learn and about the human brain and its relation to behavior A lot of the disorders seem, to me, very subjective in their conditions e.g one of the characteristics for psychopathy is an inflated sense of self worth.uhm that s pretty subjective and would probably include the vast majority of my professors The human brain itself is just such an incredible unknown that I think there needs to be a certain level of trepidation in creating absolutes For Tony, the absolute definition of psychopathic tendencies lost him the best 20 years of his life surrounded by rapists and serial killers in a maximum security Hospital Of course, at the same time, there are definitely strands of human beings who objectively act differently and need to be addressed by society They respond differently They do not have the same emotional capacity as the other 99% of the human race There is some definitive consistency in the way their minds work There need to be tactics for identification, for prevention against their possible havoc So basically Ronson s conclusion is that, like with every other thing in this world, there needs to be a balance in the approach There can t be a mass frenzy to diagnose and label every little idiosyncrasy of human behavior, turning the world into a medicated homogenization scared of every feeling outside of complacent and numb But at the same time, we can t ignore extreme human behavior, the kind that is debilitating and sometimes even dangerous Oh wait, back to my review of the actual book It was decent Who isn t intrigued by the minds of psychopaths and the minds of those who study the minds of psychopaths I thought his different chapters and stories were a little too disjointed and he trailed off topic a little toward the end The book didn t have as great of a flow or dynamic as it could ve But overall, pretty interesting and worth a read. Q he DSM IV TR is a 943 page textbook published by the American Psychiatric Association that sells for 99There are currently 374 mental disorders I bought the bookand leafed through itI closed the manual I wonder if I ve got any of the 374 mental disorders, I thought I opened the manual again And instantly diagnosed myself with twelve different ones c Q We journalists love writing about eccentrics We hate writing about impenetrable, boring people It makes us look bad the duller the interviewee, the duller the prose If you want to get away with wielding true, malevolent power, be boring c Q When I asked Robert Spitzer about the possibility that he d inadvertently created a world in which ordinary behaviours were being labelled mental disorders, he fell silent I waited for him to answer But the silence lasted three minutes Finally he said, I don t know c Q I supposed there was no reason why psychopaths shouldn t have unrelated hobbies c Q People who are normal i.e., sane, sensible don t try to open lines of communication with total strangers by writing them a series of disjointed, weird, cryptic messages c Seriously No shit.Q Practically every prime time program is populated by people who are just the right sort of mad, and I now knew what the formula was The right sort of mad are people who are a bit madder than we fear we re becoming, and in a recognizable way c Q He did another experiment, the Startle Reflex Test, in which psychopaths and non psychopaths were invited to look at grotesque images, like crime scene photographs of blown apart faces, and then when they least expected it, Bob would let off an incredibly loud noise in their ear The non psychopaths would leap with astonishment The psychopaths would remain comparatively serene c Q the American physician Samuel Cartwright identifying in 1851 a mental disorder, drapetomania, evident only in slaves The sole symptom was the desire to run away from slavery and the cure was to whip the devil out of them c Q if you re beginning to feel worried that you may be a psychopath, if you recognize some of those traits in yourself, if you re feeling a creeping anxiety about it, that means you are not one c My first read of the year and it isn t what I was hoping for 3 I decided to jump on this because of my crazy love for Jon Ronson s newest book, So You ve Been Publicly Shamed, but I realize now that I underestimated just how much the subject matter of that book contributed to my enjoyment of it The Psychopath Test has Ronson s humour, similar style, empathetic point of view, and personal life injected into the story, but this research felt meandering I thought it d be clearer, earlier in the novel, how dangerous it can be to misdiagnose people, and how truly nuanced, complicated, and personal each diagnosis should be, but I felt it took to long to get to that angle of this story A lot of it also didn t feel like a story, it felt like a collection of similar case studies, but honestly a bunch of them could have been cut out and I wouldn t have noticed.Overall this has cemented that I like Ronson s writing and his journalistic storytelling methods, but that this topic, and the scattered structure, wasn t for me This is like a 2.5 stars for me. Yesterday I saw a talk show on TV in which a Belgian politician said that the stock market is no gauge for happiness This is so true It reminded me of this book, in which the author, in his quest to uncover psychopaths, visits Al Dunlap This was a man who actually enjoyed closing down plants and firing people Scott, Sunbeam The fact that the share price skyrocketed while he was CEO and fired huge numbers of employees, is really unsettling Ronson s book is filled with stories about people he meets in the madness industry He encounters some experts in the field, some scientologists, a criminal labeled as a psychopath, a death squad leader These encounters were interesting enough to me to enjoy reading this book I especially liked his encounter with Robert Spitzer, who worked for six years on the DSM III edition Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.However, it s a lightweight read and not everything he writes in his book fits the title The author is not an expert, and he makes himself too central to the narrative, which is really sad because I thought he was a bit lame Not mind blowing, but a worthwhile read 7 10 This is what I might call an oddly interesting book I say that because in retrospect I m a bit surprised that it holds the interest so well Mr Ronson begins with a strange little mystery concerning running down the source writer of an to use the same word odd book that has been mailed to certain people From this the book springboards into a look at Psychopathy, its diagnosis and by extension the way in which psychiatric disorders are not only diagnosed but agreed on that is agreed to exist as disorders.Rambling a bit and full of introspective thoughts by the author most of which are interesting and entertaining if not always germane we go through a series of interviews that range from Tony to Bob Hare who basically formulated the most used Psychopath test Tony was a young man who has been in Broadmoor for years, sent there after a relatively minor offense The author was brought there by representatives of the church of Scientology in an attempt to discredit psychiatry in general Other interviews included Emmanuel Constant, a former Haitian death squad leader He also interviewed a corporate hatchet man type exec who was known for blithely firing people and joyously shutting down plants There is a lot that s interesting here and the book will I believe keep you involved After looking into how disorders get into and are pulled out of DSM IV TR, considering the implications of Hare s list and how it effected the author as he found himself setting out to find and identify free range psychopaths and the attitudes around these he came to an interesting conclusion That they may be dangerous tools leading to over diagnosis.I suggest you take a look at this, especially if you like me have been concerned about statements like 1% to 10% of the population may be psychopaths While this book may be a bit disjointed than some of the author s other worksit s well done and interesting. If you re interested in this topic, I d recommend starting with Martha Stout s The Sociopath Next Door rather than this book The problem with this one is that it s Follow me as I delve into this crazy world and have surreal experiences than it is a study of sociopathy And that ultimately makes it less gripping I remember clearly the first section of of Stout s book, as it took the reader on a tour of one man s mind as he faced a simple but telling moment of moral decision making It was so suspenseful and kind of harrowing This is much less profound Nonetheless, it s a genial read and certainly a good book. There is no evidence that we ve been placed on this planet to be especially happy or especially normal And in fact our unhappiness and our strangeness, our anxieties and compulsions, those least fashionable aspects of our personalities, are quite often what lead us to do rather interesting thingsJon Ronson, in preparation of writing this book took a course from a top psychologist on how to spot a Psychopath Below is a list of traits from the first factor called Aggressive Narcissism The statistics show that 1% of the population is psychopathic.gulp One person out of one hundred.Come along with me and play spot the psychopath.shall we 1 Glibness superficial charm 2 Grandiose sense of self worth 3 Pathological lying 4 Cunning manipulative 5 Lack of remorse or guilt 6 Shallow affect genuine emotion is short lived and egocentric 7 Callousness lack of empathy 8 Failure to accept responsibility for his or her own actionsSarah Palin 1 Everything she has ever said is Glib 2 Truly believed she could be vice presidentNO, PRESIDENT 3 What newspapers do you read Sarah Ah, you know, all of em LIAR I can see Russia from my house.sure 4 She got herself nominated for the vice presidency didn t she 5 Enjoys shooting wolves from a helicopter without a care in the world 6 Duh.check 7 Does not give a fuck have empathy for the poor and the sick 8 Has not accepted the responsibility for destroying the Republican party.or maybe that falls on McCain.Dick Cheney 1 Glibness sure Charm Well you can t win them all 2 Made himself president 3 Weapons of mass destruction Anyone 4 Again, made himself president 5 Shot his friend in the face He not only wasn t sorry, he made the friend apologize for getting his face in the way 6 Do cyborgs have emotions 7 Does not give a fuck about anyone, for any reason 8 Started an unnecessary war that has killed thousands for personal profit and has never I m sorry once AlexStart reading at comment 49 Okay a personal joke..I kid, Alex Sort of This could go on and on, so I ll stop hereSuddenly, madness was everywhere, and I was determined to learn about the impact it had on the way society evolves I ve always believed society to be a fundamentally rational thing, but what if it isn t What if it is built on insanityI thoroughly enjoyed this book Jon makes us look twice at the world around us and how we are all defined by our maddest edges all of our edges are a bit mad He shows us a look at the madness industry and how one Doctor took the DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from 40ish pages into the 800s Being normal is a disorder these days.Here is Jon s TED talk on this bookIf you are worried about the above traits, wellAt the end of our conversation she Martha Stout turned to address you, the reader She said if you re beginning to feel worried that you may be a psychopath, if you recognize some of those traits in yourself, if you re feeling a creeping anxiety about it, that means you are not one


About the Author: Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker His work includes the international bestsellers Them Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.A contributor to The Guardian, Ronson is the author of the columns Human Zoo and Out of the Ordinary He writes and p


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