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The Psychopath Test ↠ The Psychopath Test ✓ Jon Ronson - The Psychopath Test, The Psychopath Test Tells a story about madness that starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail and

  • Title: The Psychopath Test
  • Author: Jon Ronson
  • ISBN: 9780330451369
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback

↠ The Psychopath Test ✓ Jon Ronson, ↠ The Psychopath Test ✓ Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test Tells a story about madness that starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it As he searches for the answer Jon finds himself on an adventure into the world of madness. ↠ The Psychopath Test ✓ Jon Ronson - The Psychopath Test, The Psychopath Test Tells a story about madness that starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail and

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  1. Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker His work includes the international bestsellers Them Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.A contributor to The Guardian, Ronson is the author of the columns Human Zoo and Out of the Ordinary He writes and presents the BBC Radio 4 series, Jon Ronson OnFor Channel 4, Jon has made a number of films including the five part series Secret Rulers of the World and Tottenham Ayatollah His most recent documentaries are Reverend Death Channel 4 , Citizen Kubrick More4 and Robbie Williams and Jon Ronson Journey to the Other Side Radio 4 In the US, he is a contributor to Public Radio International s This American Life.

  2. 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 belt view 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 screams.If only someone could walk into the scene and drag that man away end him cle [...]

  3. If you re interested in this topic, I d recommend starting with Martha Stout s The Sociopath Next Door rather than this book The problem with this one is that it s Follow me as I delve into this crazy world and have surreal experiences than it is a study of sociopathy And that ultimately makes it less gripping I remember clearly the first section of of Stout s book, as it took the reader on a tour of one man s mind as he faced a simple but telling moment of moral decision making It was so suspe [...]

  4. A breezy, entertaining journey through the public effects of madness, with particular attention to the impact of the psychopath on society Ronson is an excellent writer with a fine sense of humor who knows how to tell a good story in plain language That he is able to do this while making subtle observations about our society shows what a really good writer he is.

  5. 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 frequent misdiagnosis of psychopathy And the misdiagnosis of many other mental illnesses that ma [...]

  6. My first read of the year and it isn t what I was hoping for 3 I decided to jump on this because of my crazy love for Jon Ronson s newest book, So You ve Been Publicly Shamed, but I realize now that I underestimated just how much the subject matter of that book contributed to my enjoyment of it The Psychopath Test has Ronson s humour, similar style, empathetic point of view, and personal life injected into the story, but this research felt meandering I thought it d be clearer, earlier in the nov [...]

  7. To write something like I loved this book or I found it incredibly insightful, entertaining and downright frightful wouldn t give you the exact depth of my passion towards it For the past 48 hours, I ve been thinking about the precise words I need to come up with to describe my joy with the novel Ronson has written, and I can t I can only tell you that if someone like me jaded with years of dealing with mentally ill family members, overloaded with information from 6 psychology classes and dozens [...]

  8. Yesterday I saw a talk show on TV in which a Belgian politician said that the stock market is no gauge for happiness This is so true It reminded me of this book, in which the author, in his quest to uncover psychopaths, visits Al Dunlap This was a man who actually enjoyed closing down plants and firing people Scott, Sunbeam The fact that the share price skyrocketed while he was CEO and fired huge numbers of employees, is really unsettling Ronson s book is filled with stories about people he meet [...]

  9. There is no evidence that we ve been placed on this planet to be especially happy or especially normal And in fact our unhappiness and our strangeness, our anxieties and compulsions, those least fashionable aspects of our personalities, are quite often what lead us to do rather interesting things Jon Ronson, in preparation of writing this book took a course from a top psychologist on how to spot a Psychopath Below is a list of traits from the first factor called Aggressive Narcissism The statist [...]

  10. I thought this would be a great tool for self diagnosis, but actually Ronson skitters from one case to another without really making any definitive point But maybe that s the point Psychopathy is probably not an absolute for most people, as there are many among us who exist in some sort of sociopathic gray area myself included Me, I scored a 10, so I m a partial psychopath Surprise, surprise My downfall Apparently, I don t really care too much about other people.Here, take the test

  11. This was a bit of a disappointment I found the first 50% of the book to be a bit forgettable It was hard for me to see where Ronson was going with each chapter Though I found the examination of mental illness, especially the stigmas around it and the potential harms of labeling to be really fascinating, the book as a whole lacked direction When I read So You ve Been Publicly Shamed, I felt like each chapter really compounded on one another to create a vivid and interesting picture of shame throu [...]

  12. This is what I might call an oddly interesting book I say that because in retrospect I m a bit surprised that it holds the interest so well Mr Ronson begins with a strange little mystery concerning running down the source writer of an to use the same word odd book that has been mailed to certain people From this the book springboards into a look at Psychopathy, its diagnosis and by extension the way in which psychiatric disorders are not only diagnosed but agreed on that is agreed to exist as di [...]

  13. I m a fan of pop psych books, so I was primed to enjoy this one Journalist Jon Ronson was asked to investigate a mysterious, anonymous book that had been sent to numerous academics around the world As he was following up on leads, he developed a theory that whoever sent it was somehow mentally ill a crackpot, to use his term.During his investigation, Ronson heard the term psychopath and learned about a test designed by Robert Hare to rate someone s level of psychopathy Hare described psychopaths [...]

  14. It is self explanatory that this review will make me enemies Fortunately, those who know me are really the only ones at risk Like many people, I took my first psychology class in high school and my interest was piqued My second psychology class was during college, as was my third and fourth I then diverged into the world of sociology which fascinated me and graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor s degree in sociology Yay for me Like the hundreds of psychology graduates, I was now q [...]

  15. An entertaining romp and with a fair bit of food for thought I liked this book, while at the same time being disappointed with it.My main problem with the work was that I had heard that this book dealt extensively with the idea of psychopaths as possessing traits that tended to land them in positions of power This is a fascinating topic, is of personal interest to me, and is a concept well worth a full length journalistic book Unfortunately, this is not that book A clever agent is selling this b [...]

  16. Jon Ronson takes the reader on a journey into madness What starts as a light hearted investigation into a set of books sent to academics around the world, proceeds to be an investigation into aspects of the mental disease industry What is a psychopath How is medication for mental diseases used Each chapter is a different story about an aspect of how mental disease has been treated in the past and currently There are stories that will make you wonder, stories to make you laugh and stories that wi [...]

  17. .This review contains spoilersThis is an hilarious book by a wonderful writer He injects himself into the story in a way not dissimilar to Bill Bryson It had me bellowing with laughter laughing at him, with him and at the strange and startling anecdotes that unfurled themselves one after another as the book went on This book is a glorious example of truth being stranger than fiction Okay, so that is one aspect of the story The other aspect is that he dealt with some important issues In this book [...]

  18. This book is quite lame, to put it simply I watched The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was pretty damn funny, and I thought I d read a book by Ronson This book neither has much to say, nor is it that entertaining It starts off with a bizarre and unrelated to psycopathy mystery that Ronson is called upon to solve During the unfolding of that dull mystery Jonson hears about the true meaning of psychopath and goes off to understand and investigate it If you re like Ronson and don t know the technica [...]

  19. The subtitle, a Journey Through the Madness Industry, should have tipped me off This was to be a self consciously iconoclastic, too cutesy look at psychiatry.I am a fan of Jon Ronson, but less so after this book I enjoyed Them I thought the sly Ronson did a stellar job of bringing the horror of U.S torture at Abu Ghraib to public consciousness in The Men Who Stare at Goats But I now realize I was making excuses for his irritating, postmodern, bemused style He s too intent on inserting himself in [...]

  20. This was a quite different book than I thought it would be when I first discovered it Jon Ronson doesn t seem to follow the conventions of writing a study In fact, it s non fiction but definitely reads like fiction.Many thoughts passed through my head as I was reading it but what I found disturbing was the realization that, or less, people are turning into psychopaths Let me explain Here is the Hare PCL R Checklist which is used to decide whether an individual is a psychopath.Item 1 Glibness s [...]

  21. I ve never read anything by Jon Ronson so I wasn t sure what to expect I heard an interview with him about this book and was fascinated by the subject matter I was not disappointed, this book is extremely interesting I like Ronson s style a great deal, and his writing is very approachable I came to respect him a lot for his ability to acknowledge his weaknesses and then go forward despite them.Ronson has a great ability in communicating his perspective to the reader He is very clear about his ow [...]

  22. Reads very easily and is well written in a journalistic sort of way Ronson meanders through the mental health industry in a rather idiosyncratic way The basis of the book concerns the psychopath checklist developed by Hare and Ronson manages to get himself invited into various high secuity institutions to talk to various inmates His wanderings extend to a brief look at diagnosis of bi polar in childhood and some thoughts on the medication industry The growth of the DSM system is explained and th [...]

  23. A book about psychopaths that I actually liked, minor miracle, and that made me think a lot about compassion.Okay, qualifications the book is about the madness industry the complex of media and medicine and science and big pharma and fucking weirdness that informs our understanding of people who are mad It s a wandering book, tracking Ronson s haphazard introduction to psychopathy, to spotting psychopaths, and then onto a survey of madness criminal, madness florid and newsworthy, madness very s [...]

  24. Jon Ronson goes on a mental illness odyssey in his book, The Psychopath Test, which takes in some extraordinary people and facts, and is, by turns, a funny and serious read in alternating chapters.As always, Ronson packs a ton of enjoyably kooky characters into his books Like the Scandinavian translator sending out mysterious manuscripts to people that pertain to something only his mind knows Also, Tony the Broadmoor inmate who faked mental illness because he was told he would have an easier tim [...]

  25. The non fiction genre can basically be divided into two groups mediocre books by experts well written books by non experts I d normally err on the side of wanting to read the latter kind of book, because who the hell wants to endure shitty prose However, non experts writing about a highly complicated subject matter is not without its pitfalls.Imagine, say, a journalist wandering into a woman s home, observing her kids for a few minutes and drawing the conclusion that they ve been wrongly diagnos [...]

  26. Ok, first of all, I have to admit I have a soft spot in my heart for the pop psy That being said, I really enjoyed this well rounded take on psychopathy from the use of labels to the tests to determine if a person is one He did not take a position and try to convince us, except as a story technique, but that was also done as a full circle Very good writing for what it is I loved the same style turned on scientologists and their crusade against psychiatry, the psychopharmacology industry, and the [...]

  27. While Jon Ronson reveals a great deal about his own neuroses in this book, he casts little light on the psychopaths he is allegedly researching, though he does give some interesting insights into the madness industry of psychologists who have studied, categorized, labeled, and tried to treat psychopaths, mostly without success.Ronson begins with a strange introduction to the field of psychology and mental illness thanks to a group of Scientologists, who chose him to expose the evils of psycholog [...]

  28. A real thought provoker What is a psychopath Are you a psychopath How about your friends or co workers This book will leave you diagnosing everyone you know and becoming all powerful with your new amazing psychopath detection skills, just like Jon Ronson The book really made me think about how mental illness is defined Sure there are clear cut cases of insanity and sanity, but there s a huge area in the middle, with a range of diagnoses that are possible to be made and indeed are being sweepingl [...]

  29. Strap in tightly, there s a scientology rant in here Wheeee Anybody who knows a marginal amount about sociopaths psychopathy would be right in thinking it is dangerous, and can be, an evil condition This book is not so much about that Sure, it is Ronson s journey through the madness industry, but that includes a dally with scientologists, a brief glimpse into the world of diagnosing medicating bi polar children and a tale of reality TV hell.He throws around a lot of big wig psychopathy names He [...]

  30. For a book about psychopaths this was a surprisingly light ish, come on, we re still talking about psychopaths here read The author is a journalist and it covers a wide range of the topic from interviewing a few suspected psychopaths, to speaking with psychiatrists who are involved in psychopathy and the classification there of, to scientologists, to neurologists who examined the brains of normal people and psychopaths It is a fast read of a book that I think does a good job being honest and tru [...]