Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Review - The Psychopath Test

If you've seen the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, you might or might not be aware that it is based on a book by Jon Ronson.His website is here
I've just read Jon Ronson's  book The Psychopath Test - A Journey Through the Madness Industry.

What is insanity?
Do you know how easy it is to convince psychiatrists you are insane?
Do you know how much harder it is to convince psychiatrists you aren't insane once you have been labeled insane?
Do you know what a psychopath is?
Are you a psychopath?
Do the test here and tell me if you are

Jon Ronson's book is a fascinating exploration of all these themes and full of case histories, anecdotes and interviews of psychopaths who have brutally murdered. He gets into their minds by asking questions and the answers are disturbing.
Did you know that psychopaths gravitate towards positions of power such as CEO and politicians?
Read his interview with Al Dunlap, it's fascinating.

This is a brilliant book that opens doors to further inquiry.
A highly recommended book.


Jeannie said...

Looks like an interesting web site. I couldn't see where the score was rated...but it was for Hillary Clinton wasn't it?

I'd be close to a zero anyway.

Lexcen said...

Psychopaths tend to score around 25 -30.
Don't know what the Hillary reference is about.

Mattexian said...

Lexcen, I believe what Jeannie is referring to is the period in Arkansas while Bill Clinton was Governor: there were a series of suspicious deaths of acquaintances of Bill and Hillary, and the subsequent ruling by the Arkansas Medical Examiner ruled these deaths "suicides" (generally involving a gunshot to the back of the head, while the deceased's hands were tied behind their backs). These deaths became jokingly referred to as "Arkancides." The ones I recall hearing about off the top of my head (not checking Wikipedia or anything) included a State Trooper with the Governor's Bodyguards and his wife, some children found along a railroad track, and after the Clintons were in the White House, Vince Foster and Ron Brown were alleged to have been further "Arkancides."