Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson

Translator: Timothy Covell
Reviewer: Morton Bast The story starts:
I was at a friend’s house, and she had on her shelf
a copy of the DSM manual, which is the manual of mental disorders. It lists every known mental disorder. And it used to be, back in the ’50s,
a very slim pamphlet. And then it got bigger
and bigger and bigger, and now it’s 886 pages long. And it lists currently
374 mental disorders. So I was leafing through it, wondering if I had any mental disorders, and it turns out I’ve got 12. (Laughter) I’ve got generalized anxiety disorder, which is a given. I’ve got nightmare disorder, which is categorized if you have recurrent dreams of being
pursued or declared a failure, and all my dreams involve people
chasing me down the street going, “You’re a failure!” (Laughter) I’ve got parent-child relational problems, which I blame my parents for. (Laughter) I’m kidding. I’m not kidding. I’m kidding. And I’ve got malingering. And I think it’s actually quite rare to have both malingering
and generalized anxiety disorder, because malingering tends
to make me feel very anxious. Anyway, I was looking through this book, wondering if I was much crazier
than I thought I was, or maybe it’s not a good idea to diagnose
yourself with a mental disorder if you’re not a trained professional, or maybe the psychiatry profession
has a kind of strange desire to label what’s essentially normal
human behavior as a mental disorder. I didn’t know which of these was true,
but I thought it was kind of interesting, and I thought maybe I should
meet a critic of psychiatry to get their view, which is how I ended up having
lunch with the Scientologists. (Laughter) It was a man called Brian,
who runs a crack team of Scientologists who are determined to destroy
psychiatry wherever it lies. They’re called the CCHR. And I said to him, “Can you prove to me that psychiatry is a pseudo-science
that can’t be trusted?” And he said, “Yes,
we can prove it to you.” And I said, “How?” And he said, “We’re going
to introduce you to Tony.” And I said, “Who’s Tony?” And he said, “Tony’s in Broadmoor.” Now, Broadmoor is Broadmoor Hospital. It used to be known as the Broadmoor
Asylum for the Criminally Insane. It’s where they send the serial killers, and the people who can’t help themselves. And I said to Brian,
“Well, what did Tony do?” And he said, “Hardly anything. He beat someone up or something, and he decided to fake madness
to get out of a prison sentence. But he faked it too well,
and now he’s stuck in Broadmoor and nobody will believe he’s sane. Do you want us to try and get you
into Broadmoor to meet Tony?” So I said, “Yes, please.” So I got the train to Broadmoor. I began to yawn uncontrollably
around Kempton Park, which apparently is what dogs
also do when anxious, they yawn uncontrollably. And we got to Broadmoor. And I got taken through gate
after gate after gate after gate into the wellness center, which is where
you get to meet the patients. It looks like a giant Hampton Inn. It’s all peach and pine
and calming colors. And the only bold colors
are the reds of the panic buttons. And the patients started drifting in. And they were quite overweight
and wearing sweatpants, and quite docile-looking. And Brian the Scientologist
whispered to me, “They’re medicated,” which, to the Scientologists,
is like the worst evil in the world, but I’m thinking
it’s probably a good idea. (Laughter) And then Brian said, “Here’s Tony.” And a man was walking in. And he wasn’t overweight,
he was in very good physical shape. And he wasn’t wearing sweatpants, he was wearing a pinstripe suit. And he had his arm outstretched like someone out of The Apprentice. He looked like a man
who wanted to wear an outfit that would convince me
that he was very sane. And he sat down. And I said, “So is it true
that you faked your way in here?” And he said, “Yep. Yep. Absolutely.
I beat someone up when I was 17. And I was in prison awaiting trial, and my cellmate said to me, ‘You know what you have to do? Fake madness. Tell them you’re mad, you’ll get
sent to some cushy hospital. Nurses will bring you pizzas,
you’ll have your own PlayStation.'” I said, “Well, how did you do it?” He said, “Well, I asked to see
the prison psychiatrist. And I’d just seen a film called ‘Crash,’ in which people get sexual pleasure
from crashing cars into walls. So I said to the psychiatrist, ‘I get sexual pleasure
from crashing cars into walls.'” And I said, “What else?” He said, “Oh, yeah.
I told the psychiatrist that I wanted to watch women as they died, because it would make
me feel more normal.” I said, “Where’d you get that from?” He said, “Oh, from a biography
of Ted Bundy that they had at the prison library.” Anyway, he faked madness
too well, he said. And they didn’t send him
to some cushy hospital. They sent him to Broadmoor. And the minute he got there, said he took one look at the place,
asked to see the psychiatrist, said, “There’s been
a terrible misunderstanding. I’m not mentally ill.” I said, “How long have you been here for?” He said, “Well, if I’d just
done my time in prison for the original crime,
I’d have got five years. I’ve been in Broadmoor for 12 years.” Tony said that it’s a lot harder
to convince people you’re sane than it is to convince them you’re crazy. He said, “I thought
the best way to seem normal would be to talk to people
normally about normal things like football or what’s on TV. I subscribe to New Scientist, and recently they had an article about how the U.S. Army was training
bumblebees to sniff out explosives. So I said to a nurse, ‘Did you know that the U.S. Army
is training bumblebees to sniff out explosives?’ When I read my medical notes,
I saw they’d written: ‘Believes bees can sniff out explosives.'” (Laughter) He said, “You know, they’re always
looking out for nonverbal clues to my mental state. But how do you sit in a sane way? How do you cross your legs in a sane way? It’s just impossible.” When Tony said that to me, I thought to myself,
“Am I sitting like a journalist? Am I crossing my legs like a journalist?” He said, “You know, I’ve got
the Stockwell Strangler on one side of me, and I’ve got the ‘Tiptoe
Through the Tulips’ rapist on the other side of me. So I tend to stay in my room a lot
because I find them quite frightening. And they take that as a sign of madness. They say it proves
that I’m aloof and grandiose.” So, only in Broadmoor would not wanting
to hang out with serial killers be a sign of madness. Anyway, he seemed completely normal
to me, but what did I know? And when I got home I emailed
his clinician, Anthony Maden. I said, “What’s the story?” And he said, “Yep.
We accept that Tony faked madness to get out of a prison sentence,
because his hallucinations — that had seemed
quite cliche to begin with — just vanished the minute
he got to Broadmoor. However, we have assessed him, and we’ve determined that what he is is a psychopath.” And in fact, faking madness is exactly the kind of cunning
and manipulative act of a psychopath. It’s on the checklist:
cunning, manipulative. So, faking your brain going wrong is evidence that your brain
has gone wrong. And I spoke to other experts, and they said the pinstripe
suit — classic psychopath — speaks to items one
and two on the checklist: glibness, superficial charm
and grandiose sense of self-worth. And I said, “Well, but why didn’t
he hang out with the other patients?” Classic psychopath — it speaks
to grandiosity and also lack of empathy. So all the things that had seemed
most normal about Tony was evidence, according to his clinician, that he was mad in this new way. He was a psychopath. And his clinician said to me, “If you
want to know more about psychopaths, you can go on a psychopath-spotting course run by Robert Hare, who invented
the psychopath checklist.” So I did. I went on a psychopath-spotting course, and I am now a certified — and I have to say, extremely adept —
psychopath spotter. So, here’s the statistics: One in a hundred regular people
is a psychopath. So there’s 1,500 people in his room. Fifteen of you are psychopaths. Although that figure rises to four percent
of CEOs 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. (Laughter) Hare said the reason why
is because capitalism at its most ruthless rewards 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. Hare said, “You know what?
Forget about some guy at Broadmoor who may or may not have faked madness. Who cares? That’s not a big story. The big story,” he said,
“is corporate psychopathy. You want to go and interview yourself
some corporate psychopaths.” So I gave it a try.
I wrote to the Enron people. I said, “Could I come
and interview you in prison, to find out it you’re psychopaths?” (Laughter) And they didn’t reply. (Laughter) So I changed tack. I emailed “Chainsaw Al” Dunlap, the asset stripper from the 1990s. He would come into failing businesses and close down 30 percent
of the workforce, just turn American towns into ghost towns. And I emailed him and I said, “I believe you may have
a very special brain anomaly that makes you … special, and interested in the predatory
spirit, and fearless. Can I come and interview you
about your special brain anomaly?” And he said, “Come on over!” (Laughter) So I went to Al Dunlap’s
grand Florida mansion. It was filled with sculptures
of predatory animals. There were lions and tigers —
he was taking me through the garden — there were falcons and eagles, he was saying, “Over there
you’ve got sharks and –” he was saying this
in a less effeminate way — “You’ve got more sharks
and you’ve got tigers.” It was like Narnia. (Laughter) And then we went into his kitchen. Now, Al Dunlap would be brought in
to save failing companies, he’d close down 30 percent
of the workforce. And he’d quite often
fire people with a joke. Like, for instance,
one famous story about him, somebody came up to him and said,
“I’ve just bought myself a new car.” And he said, “Well,
you may have a new car, but I’ll tell you what you
don’t have — a job.” So in his kitchen — he was in there with his wife, Judy,
and his bodyguard, Sean — and I said, “You know
how I said in my email that you might have a special brain
anomaly that makes you special?” He said, “Yeah, it’s an amazing
theory, it’s like Star Trek. You’re going where
no man has gone before.” And I said, “Well –” (Clears throat) (Laughter) Some psychologists might say that this makes you –”
(Mumbles) (Laughter) And he said, “What?” And I said, “A psychopath.” And I said, “I’ve got a list
of psychopathic traits in my pocket. Can I go through them with you?” And he looked intrigued despite himself, and he said, “Okay, go on.” And I said, “Okay.
Grandiose sense of self-worth.” Which I have to say, would
have been hard for him to deny, because he was standing
under a giant oil painting of himself. (Laughter) He said, “Well, you’ve
got to believe in you!” And I said, “Manipulative.” He said, “That’s leadership.” (Laughter) And I said, “Shallow affect, an inability to experience
a range of emotions.” He said, “Who wants to be weighed
down by some nonsense emotions?” So he was going down
the psychopath checklist, basically turning it
into “Who Moved My Cheese?” (Laughter) But I did notice something happening
to me the day I was with Al Dunlap. Whenever he said anything to me
that was kind of normal — like he said “no” to juvenile delinquency, he said he got accepted into West Point, and they don’t let
delinquents in West Point. He said “no” to many short-term
marital relationships. He’s only ever been married twice. Admittedly, his first wife
cited in her divorce papers that he once threatened her with a knife and said he always wondered
what human flesh tasted like, but people say stupid things to each other in bad marriages
in the heat of an argument, and his second marriage
has lasted 41 years. So whenever he said anything to me
that just seemed kind of non-psychopathic, I thought to myself, well I’m not
going to put that in my book. And then I realized that
becoming a psychopath spotter had kind of 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, 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 you know, this is a country
that over-diagnoses certain mental disorders hugely. Childhood bipolar — children as young as four
are being labeled bipolar because they have temper tantrums, which scores them high
on the bipolar checklist. When I got back to London, Tony phoned me. He said, “Why haven’t you
been returning my calls?” I said, “Well, they say
that you’re a psychopath.” And he said, “I’m not a psychopath.” He said, “You know what? One of the items on the checklist
is lack of remorse, but another item on the checklist
is cunning, manipulative. So when you say you feel
remorse for your crime, they say, ‘Typical of the psychopath to cunningly say he feels
remorse when he doesn’t.’ It’s like witchcraft, they turn
everything upside-down.” He said, “I’ve got a tribunal coming up. Will you come to it?” So I said okay. So I went to his tribunal. And after 14 years
in Broadmoor, they let him go. They decided that he shouldn’t
be held indefinitely because he scores high
on a checklist that might mean that he would have a greater
than average chance of recidivism. So they let him go. And outside in the corridor he said to me, “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. 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.” (Laughter) Anyway, that was two years ago, and that’s where my book ended. And for the last 20 months,
everything was fine. Nothing bad happened. He was living with a girl outside London. He was, according
to Brian the Scientologist, making up for lost time,
which I know sounds ominous, but isn’t necessarily ominous. Unfortunately, after 20 months, he did go back to jail for a month. He got into a “fracas”
in a bar, he called it. Ended up going to jail for a month,
which I know is bad, but at least a month implies
that whatever the fracas was, it wasn’t too bad. And then he phoned me. And you know what, I think
it’s right that Tony is out. Because you shouldn’t define
people by their maddest edges. And what Tony is,
is he’s a semi-psychopath. He’s a gray area in a world
that doesn’t like gray areas. But the gray areas
are where you find the complexity. It’s where you find the humanity, and it’s where you find the truth. And Tony said to me, “Jon, could I buy you a drink in a bar? I just want to thank you
for everything you’ve done for me.” And I didn’t go. What would you have done? Thank you. (Applause)

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  • He looks just like Michael Emerson or Ben Linus from LOST…

  • I thought this was gonna be comedy show….it wasn't.

  • this guy's name looks like a typo

  • I'm Brian and so's my wife.
    No. Really – I'm Brian.

  • Psychopaths are easy to point out because they're trying to hurt you usually. Lol oh wow… No mental illnesses are very real.

  • Below broadmor are full of scps

  • The second he said “overdiagnosed” I stopped taking him seriously. As a mentally ill person, it’s only neurotypicals who think there aren’t as many neurodivergent people than there are. What a quack.

  • Annoying

  • All I could think of is he himself is Tony.

  • -Ridicules Scientology
    -Story proves Scientologists correct

  • Very theatrical but what exactly was the message here? That we are diagnosing too much? Do you know how hard it is to get a mental health diagnosis? They don’t take it lightly. Ps: Not all psychopaths murder people but that doesn’t make them not a psychopath.

  • 16:07 I rewatch and rewatch..stop me someone

  • worst ted talk ever. absolutely painful to listen to with all the sound affects and nonsense. terrible

  • Oh… This video made me realize I am a psychopath. Can I get any government benefits for this?

  • Why didn't he go tho?

  • Well, from greek literally meaning a suffering mind is a good way to describe someone on the ASPD spectrum.

  • I suddenly thought about Gotham I don't know why.

  • I couldn't concentrate with the music in the back, I don't know if it was because I'm not a native english speaker…

  • Yes the defining line is money. If you are wealthy and nuts you are eccentric. If you are poor and nuts you are a regular fool.

  • The music is annoying

  • Just feel like Tony deserved it – karma.

  • so i went to see the Scientologists…as he laughs 😂

  • I'd go for that free drink at a bar.

  • No one:
    Psychopaths in the room:
    Jon: So psychopaths-
    Music Guy in the background: *bangs out creepy music on xylophone mixer*

  • You should have went to that bar.

  • You have to get a wholistic view of people and your own life's path, not from an external checklist.

    Do you feel you like or have any interests or natural sense of affinity in common with Tony?
    Do you feel a natural, wholesome motivation in your gut or heart to hang out with this person?
    Do you owe him anything?
    Also, do you feel you have the resilience and discernment required to perceive accurately or to take care of your own safety and peace of mind in view of the risk factor?

    Sometimes one's gut or common sense conflict with one's philosophy.

    BUT philosophy is thinking
    about thinking.

    Life is experienced and we are equipped with an internal barometer that is accurate and can be relied on the more you use it.

    Would you actually like Tony's company?

  • Why didn't he go to meet tony???

  • Capitalism does not equate with psychopathy. It's a fundamentally voluntary system. Psychopaths are master manipulators, so of course they take advantage and can potentially rise to the top of any power structure. Stalin, Che, Mao, and Pol Pot were psychopaths. Communists. Promoting authoritarian political structures only leads to more opportunity for psychopaths. TED is spreading wrong ideas.

  • 2:23 what if the name was Joe

  • I knew the punchline would be he’s a psychopath. Instead of paying for his crime he tried to manipulate his way out of the consequence. In other words, he was still a danger to society, he did not have remorse for what he did.

  • The book Factfulness by Hans Rosling is a great book on the exaggerated portrayal of “gaps” between people, by the media. It goes on to describe that there is probably 80% similarity between everyone, and that differing 20% and only in its extreme cases is what gets shared. This applies to serial killers, poverty lines, education levels, virtually everything. It’s a way to separate people and play on our fears.

  • I definitely would have gone.

  • The last bit about not meeting Tony at a bar is a perfect ending to the story. It’ a grey area if you analyze why he said no. Did he do it out of fear that Tony is a psychopath. Does he not drink alcohol? Did he realize Tony has a history of being a lousy drunk. Did he not want Tony to go to the bar. Did he just not feel like it? Did he meet Tony somewhere else? Who knows, and that’s why you can never judge.

  • This dude is the psychopath

  • Why can I smell cheap alcohol from this man through the video

  • More & more psychiatric disorders, mental disorders, whatever you want to call it. The medical industry keeps coming up with more than ever new & improved disorders. Just like the children being diagnosed as ADD/ADHD. Why? It's easier to drug them than correct them. Both my son's the school kept pushing you need to put them on Ritalin. Why, I ask. Grades are good, they aren't disrupting class or you when you are standing up teaching, they are not disrespectful to teachers or classmates, they are not bullies in fact they are & have been bullied since starting school but I've came to you, the principles, other teachers, on report card's there's usually hand written notes about how polite, how quiet they are. After several years ( and by the way it is illegal in my state for any teacher to even bring up testing kids ) but I took both to our family doctor to ask his opinion. As he's turning red faced mad ( not at me ) he just shakes his head. Said you see the brown circles under their eyes? They have allergies, yes allergies can & does cause exact same symptoms as ADD/ADHD & + , he made the appointment to be tested by a specialist. Now I knew both are allergic to bee's & wasp, if it stings they are like me & 99.98 % of our entire family, not just mom but all cousin's, Aunts, Uncles, grandparents. Out of 1,200 things tested that day they tested positive allergic to 987 different items. From grass, corn , potatoes,horses, as already knew the stinging critters they did again test positive. List goes on. They had ate these foods all their lives BUT unlike bees, wasp that I had to give Epi-pen injections for these other allergic reactions I didn't. After I brought the two list home & on a few tested it only took seconds for the skin reactions to show, others within 30ish minutes, I wanted to test some myself, so after one ate corn or potatoes in about 20 minutes it's like he could just suction cup to the ceiling. Do you know how many foods, drinks has a corn by-product? A LOT! Most doctors do not care, does not pay attention like our doctor did. The majority as in. 97.998 % just start labeling kids, put them on very dangerous medications. Did you know the drugs made to treat this was, not sure if Switzerland is still the only Rx manufacturer of each of these drugs and Ritalin is sold under 500 different names, pills look different BUT each is exactly the same med. It is also against the law in Switzerland where it's made to be written or given to any of their own children? The one teacher was laughing about her being the only one in her home Not taking Ritalin, both her kids & husband was on it, said how peaceful, quite her home was. This drug was proven by several doctors & specialist during a trial the factor responsible for a 15 year old murdering his entire family! During the very early 90's. Since then in my state several other trials through the years up to date on this drug that committed same type of violent acts, only one of these murders involved a firearm. It was by knives or hatches. Sorry this is so long a post, point is these so called psychiatrist, psychotherapist keep coming up with more and more mental illness so society has something to blame other than the Person. There is true evil humans in this world, always has been. Pure evil individuals medication cannot help in any way. I'll try stopping here because I could keep writing on things humans can/ has done, how the Psychiatry world just writes another new label, so many times the Soul Purpose at least you knew diagnosed conditions hints to keep violent criminals I'm going to jail for what they did.

  • america is definitely run by psychopaths.

  • Just goes to show how most people focus only on the bad or negative of others, but not when it comes to themselves. Kind of the opposite of people like me. And how quick to judge and demonise others many people are.

  • Great video!

  • That was amazing. I'm a grayish psychopath, for sure.

  • If you think capitalism is psychopathy-driven, you should try looking at communism/socialism. Capitalism essentially means owning your own working capital, i.e. your own life.

  • Both psychiatry and psychology are quack fields based completely on junk science spawned by lunatics who project their own defects and fetishes onto others.
    Did you know you can be turned down for a job by simply not opening a single serving plastic bottle of water offered to you during an interview? All because some unqualified nutbag said it's a sign of a insert whatever bullshit adjective here personality type.

  • Implying that there's a single test to determine a psychopath is a load of bull.

  • “He said he always wondered what human flesh tasted like” I said almost the same thing to my mom when I was five….

  • he sounds like doofenshmirtz from phineas and ferb

  • "Capitalism is psychopathic"

    Why yes, I am sure the leaders of communist and fascist parties who ordered millions to their deaths and endlessly backstabbed each other were upstanding, empathetic folk

  • Capitalism isn’t without empathy. Capitalism teaches, to help someone you teach them to fish, rather than give them a fish. That way, they eat for life, instead of for just one day! Why down capitalism, when it has bought more people out of poverty, than socialism, or communism ever could!

  • Psychopathy, like many things, is a spectrum. its very important to understand that

  • Who were the 2 dudes that came into the stage at the end?

  • The music ruins this video, was really annoying. I also found the speaker's delivery too animated and annoying.

  • Awfully bad music

  • I met Jon Ronson once. I nice bloke. I think this is really interesting but the music and sound affects are just distracting.

  • He's all the male voices from Fable 1

  • 11:06 Eagles don't make that noise Hawks do.

  • Big pharmas got a drug for that. I might invent some reason too.__MO MONEY!!!

  • That seems like a stretch but makes sense however most business have to offer something of value to be successful… So…

  • Monty Python: "Spot The Looney"!

  • Sis you have to blend onto the neck at least 😔

  • I remember hearing described a psychiatric condition, which I could never find in the DSM, called something like 'alophrenia' – something like that. Like I said, I could never find it. This 'condition' was described to me as a condition where you go to visit you friend in a mental institution but you start acting so oddly that the staff don't let you go home, they decide to keep you too.

  • The stupidest thing I watched today.

  • Well told story.

  • This is the best Ted talk I have ever watched.

  • I 💵 Capitalism.

  • I am comfortable right here… In the grey area. I despise the black and white, but also realize my area can't exist without them.

  • Lol, a business card ad played before this. I wonder who they think the target market is.

  • I was gonna get scared until the screen behind him said, "everyone's a bit pshycopathic" 😂

  • Grey area doesn't mean you don't need to seek for whiteness. Statistically normal doesn't mean normal in its "ok" sence.
    LOTS of troubles occur because people perceive their psychological problems as something ok, and hurt other people. "Half of the world is like me, so why bother?"
    That's frightening.

  • I wouldnt go with tony to that bar either sounds like trouble good luck tony sorry to pass judgment but you just may be a psychopath who really knows bye bye lol

  • I am sure glad communism doesn't have psychopaths in powerful positions.

  • Al Dunlap was human garbage

  • It's not necessarily capitalism that promotes such behavior, it's scarcity as a ontological part of life.

  • Capitalism at its rawest rewards empathy and understanding of other people's needs and desires. In a truly free market people are rewarded for providing value to other people.
    SOCIALISM and all government interventionism rewards and attracts narcissists and psychopaths. Government is where people who believe they are better that other people go. Government is where the people who believe they are smarter and know better go so they can control all the lesser people

  • Wow, great presentation.

  • democracy works

  • 11:06 The apex animal noises really help me understand. cough.

  • Why the music?

  • I had some psychiatry classes recently and believe me I felt like I and many I know had mild form many diseases…So either Psychiatry is wrong or we all are fcked up by the society.

  • 0747 scary music, laughter, weird images…
    Thank you for the nightmares.😂
    To be honest the music is too loud and it bothers.

  • I really thought at the end when Tony phoned him, he was going to say he had killed someone or something like that and put everything on its head

  • "Capitalism is psychopathy."

    So Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao were capitalists? News to me.

  • When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

  • Capitalism is non moral.

  • The west is the best. Capitalism is best!

  • Yeah, he shouldn't be drinking with him for sure! That's when his impulse control is weakest!

  • Plot twist: He’s a psychopath talking to us about psychopaths

  • This. This is good. I don’t find a lot of Ted talks interesting but this is a super interesting one. I do want to major in psychology though so.

  • This ted talk was great untill he said that the interviewie would say something normal like " I threatened my wife with a knife and told her he always wondered what her flesh would taste like", wait what? this dude definatly qualifys.

  • Psychopaths are very very real. I have seen it.

  • The internet knows two words: narcissist and psychopath.

  • why didnt you go? I would have.

  • Then… what is normal?

  • I hate the use of disorders as crutch… All there trying to do is make everyone feel wrong for being different THERE IS NO IN-BETWEEN TO NORMAL AND ABNORMAL. Its all a way to hook the population on pills we dont need

  • Jesus christ what is with all the background noise it's so fucking disorienting

  • Can someone lower down the background music I can't concentrate on the person talking!

  • He explained all the 'pain' and sick that 'capitalism' causes but and about millions and millions deaths caused by communism? I heard nothing about that.

  • Wait. Bcos Jon didn't go to the bar with Tony does that mean he's the psychopath? Bcos he didn't care either way for the thanks?

  • Isn't this what we generally call sociopaths?

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