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…..


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="">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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The most popular TEDx talks everyone must listen….

the 10 most popular TEDx talks
the 10 most popular TEDx talks

TEDx events unleash fresh ideas from local communities. Close to 50,000 talks have been given at 10,000 events since the program launched in 2009.

Here, we are presenting you the 10 most popular TEDx talks.

1.  Tom Thum

     The orchestra in my mouth

In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers … (Filmed at TEDxPugetSound.)

3. Brené Brown

    The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

4. Shawn Achor

    The happy secret to better work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

5. Cameron Russell

    Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

6. Ash Beckham

    We’re all hiding something. Let’s find the courage to open up

In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.

7. Louie Schwartzberg

    Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. (Filmed at TEDxSF.)

8. Larry Smith

    Why you will fail to have a great career

In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.

9. Thomas Suarez

    A 12-year-old app developer

Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames — Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like “Bustin Jeiber,” a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers.(Filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach.)

10. Colin Stokes

      How movies teach manhood

When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of “Star Wars,” he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

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