TEXT The Psychopath Test

FREE DOC ✓ READER The Psychopath Test Ð JON RONSON ì [PDF / Epub] ☂ The Psychopath Test Author Jon Ronson – 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 fascinaY 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 suad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated abo 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 freuent 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 eg 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

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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 man Warning this review is not for the fainthearted A video recently went viral of a Texas judge savagely beating his disabled teenage daughter with a beltview spoiler Her mother tells her to bend over and take it like a woman moments after the man's sadistic promise to beat her into fucking submission to teach her obedience hitting her while she begs from a corner of the room so all the camera can catch are her screamsIf only someone could walk into the scene and drag that man away end him cleanly somewhere off stage Not in punishment or revenge but as a simple matter of course No such hope Not in the justice system which cannot prosecute him statute of limitations being what it is hey it’s not like he did drugs or anything he was just sadistically beating a child Not even the mother in the video who – both because of her husband’s behavior and in spite of it – exposed her children to his malice in the misguided faith that deep inside we are all essentially the same that beneath her husband’s veneer of cruelty was someone ill and needy someone she could change that he could be a better manOf course she was wrong hide spoiler

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The Psychopath TestUt 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 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 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 cWhen 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 cI supposed there was no reason why psychopaths shouldn't have unrelated hobbies cPeople who are normal ie 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 shitPractically 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 cHe did another experiment the Startle Reflex Test in which psychopaths and non psychopaths were invited to look at grotesue 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 cthe 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 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