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Jon Ronson: Strange answers to the psychopath test

The strange answers to a Psycopath test
The strange answers to the Psychopath test

Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test (Public Library), illuminates the gray areas between the two. (With live-mixed sound by Julian Treasure and animation by Evan Grant.)

In his nail biting and gripping story telling about “Psychopathy”, he revealed some interesting points….

Watch it with sub titles and sound & See the Full transcript here…..

Excerpts:

One in a hundred regular people is a psychopath. So there’s 1,500 people in this room. Fifteen of you are psychopaths. Although that figure rises to four percent of CEO’s and business leaders. So I think there’s a very good chance there’s about 30 or 40 psychopaths in this room. It could be carnage by the end of the night.”

“Capitalism is at its most ruthless rewards to psychopathic behavior — the lack of empathy, the glibness, cunning, manipulative. In fact, capitalism, perhaps at its most remorseless, is a physical manifestation of psychopathy. It’s like a form of psychopathy that’s come down to affect us all.”

And then I realized that becoming a psychopath spotter had turned me a little bit psychopathic. Because I was desperate to shove him in a box marked psychopath. I was desperate to define him by his maddest edges. And I realized, oh my God. This is what I’ve been doing for 20 years. It’s what all journalists do. We travel across the world with our notepads in our hands, and we wait for the gems. And the gems are always the outermost aspects of our interviewee’s personality. And we stitch them together like medieval monks.And we leave the normal stuff on the floor. And this is a country that over-diagnoses certain mental disorders hugely.”

“You know what, Jon? Everyone’s a bit psychopathic.” He said, “You are. I am. Well obviously I am.”I said, “What are you going to do now?” He said, “I’m going to go to Belgium because there’s a woman there that I fancy. But she’s married, so I’m going to have to get her split up from her husband.”

  Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker who dips into every flavor of madness, extremism and obsession. <a class="l3 talk-speaker__link" href="http://www.ted.com/speakers/jon_ronson">Full bio</a>
Jon Ronson, Writer and filmmaker

Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker who dips into every flavor of madness, extremism and obsession. Full bio…..

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