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    Default How to spot a psychopath around you

    How to spot a psychopath

    From Broadmoor to boardroom, they're everywhere, says Jon Ronson, in an exclusive extract from his new book

    Tony said faking madness was the easy part, especially when you're 17 and you take drugs and watch a lot of scary movies. You don't need to know how authentically crazy people behave. You just plagiarise the character Dennis Hopper played in the movie Blue Velvet. That's what Tony did. He told a visiting psychiatrist he liked sending people love letters straight from his heart, and a love letter was a bullet from a gun, and if you received a love letter from him, you'd go straight to hell.

    Plagiarising a well-known movie was a gamble, he said, but it paid off. Lots more psychiatrists began visiting his cell. He broadened his repertoire to include bits from Hellraiser, A Clockwork Orange and David Cronenberg's Crash. Tony told the psychiatrists he liked to crash cars into walls for sexual pleasure and also that he wanted to kill women because he thought looking into their eyes as they died would make him feel normal.
    Thrilled by his findings, Hare sent them to Science magazine.

    "The editor returned them unpublished," he said. "He wrote, 'Frankly we found some of the brain wave patterns depicted in your paper very odd. Those EEGs couldn't have come from real people.'"

    Then, disastrously for Hare, electric shocks were outlawed in the early 70s. He was forced to change tack. How could psychopaths be rooted out in a more hands-off way? In 1975 he organised a conference on the subject, so experts could pool their observations on the minutiae of psychopaths' behaviour, the verbal and non-verbal tics. Were there patterns? Did they involuntarily use giveaway turns of phrase? Their conclusions became the basis for his now-famous 20-point Hare PCL-R .

    Which was this:

    Item 1 Glibness/superficial charm

    Item 2 Grandiose sense of self-worth

    Item 3 Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom

    Item 4 Pathological lying

    Item 5 Cunning/manipulative

    Item 6 Lack of remorse or guilt

    Item 7 Shallow affect

    Item 8 Callous/lack of empathy

    Item 9 Parasitic lifestyle

    Item 10 Poor behavioural controls

    Item 11 Promiscuous sexual behaviour

    Item 12 Early behaviour problems

    Item 13 Lack of realistic long-term goals

    Item 14 Impulsivity

    Item 15 Irresponsibility

    Item 16 Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

    Item 17 Many short-term marital relationships

    Item 18 Juvenile delinquency

    Item 19 Revocation of conditional release

    Item 20 Criminal versatility

    More - http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011...t-a-psychopath
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    Is there a test I can self-administer? zg

    See also - Is Obama a Psychopath?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    Is there a test I can self-administer? zg
    Yes of course - here we go: http://www.zenzoneforum.com/threads/...-and-intellect
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    More ways to spot the psychopath --

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    Other signs to look for:
    Source: http://www.dansdata.com/psycho.htm

    Deviant musical tastes.
    Marilyn Manson and "industrial" electronic music are the current chief suspects, but Judas Priest, Deep Purple, AC/DC, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry have not yet been exonerated. Anything sung in German to a heavy beat sounds like a Hitler Youth recruiting song, which means it probably is.

    Drug use.
    Excludes alcohol and tobacco, unless the suspect is over the age of 18 (or 21 in some jurisdictions). In some communities, use of alcohol, tobacco or caffeine is always evil. Check your local regulations.

    Internet use.
    Internet access permits disturbed individuals to find recipes for bombs and poisons. Restricting Net access only to persons over the age of 90 and kept under constant armed guard will drive other persons seeking this subversive information to actually visit public libraries, in which they can be trapped and burned.

    Pornography.

    Erotic books, videos and computer files are obviously associated with murderous rampages. Name one mass murderer that didn't masturbate.

    Quietness.
    For safety's sake, whenever you see anybody of whom it could be said "he was a quiet man", perform a Citizen's Arrest at once.

    Strong interest in war and/or firearms.
    90% of teenage boys should, for this reason, be incarcerated immediately.

    Mood swings and depression.
    We'd better make that 100% of all teenagers, regardless of gender.

    Sympathy for offenders.

    Any student who admits to understanding how people who have been bullied might rather like to shoot the bullies is probably about to run amok.

    Possession of weapons.
    Any weapons. Remember, pocketknives don't kill people - people who own pocketknives kill people.

    Belief in evolution.
    It is well known that evolution requires atheism, and that all atheists are amoral creatures, many of whom eat human flesh.

    "Goth" tendencies.

    A teenager with an interest in fastidious dressing is clearly deeply aberrant. Note, however, that some particularly flamboyant apparent Goths may in fact be science fiction geeks dressed up as Centauri noblemen. Since no science fiction geek has yet killed a load of people, the plastic battery-powered phaser is not yet considered to be dangerous.

    Disrespect for authority.

    Today's youth should be as morally upright as are the leaders of the free world, and should never consider violence as a way of settling disputes, regardless of provocation, any more than the USA or NATO do.
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    "The dogs bark but the caravan moves on."
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    Default I’m O.K., You’re a Psychopath

    I’m O.K., You’re a Psychopath

    By PAUL BLOOM / NY Times Book Review
    Published: June 17, 2011


    Do psychopaths enjoy reading books about psychopaths? In his engagingly irreverent new best seller, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry (Riverhead, $25.95), the journalist Jon Ronson notes that only about one in 100 people are psychopaths (there is a higher proportion in prisons and corporate boardrooms), but he wonders if this population will be overrepresented among readers of his book. After all, people do enjoy learning about themselves, and psychopaths in particular have an enhanced sense of their own importance. And they might like what Ronson has to say. He approvingly quotes experts who argue that psychopaths make “the world go around.” Despite their small numbers, they cause such chaos that they remold society — though not necessarily for the better.


    Illustration by Ed Nacional

    If you aren’t sure whether you are a psychopath, Ronson can help. He lists all the items on the standard diagnostic checklist, developed by the psychologist Robert Hare. You can score yourself on traits like “glibness/superficial charm,” “lack of remorse or guilt,” “promiscuous sexual behavior” and 17 other traits. As one psychologist tells Ronson, if you are bothered at the thought of scoring high, then don’t worry. You’re not a psychopath.

    One of the traits on the checklist is “callous/lack of empathy.” This is the focus of another new book, The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty (Basic Books, $25.99), by Simon Baron-Cohen, a Cambridge psychologist best known for his research on autism. Baron-Cohen begins by telling how, at the age of 7, he learned that the Nazis turned Jews into lampshades and bars of soap, and he goes on to provide other examples of human savagery. To explain such atrocities, he offers an ambitious theory grounded in the concept of empathy, which he defines as “our ability to identify what someone else is thinking or feeling and to respond to their thoughts and feelings with an appropriate emotion.” For Baron-Cohen, evil is nothing more than “empathy erosion.”

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    Thanks for the information. Psychopathy is fascinating, more so than sociopathy, or are they the same thing?
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    Mike Adams weighs in --

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    (NaturalNews) One of the more offensive duties of being an investigative journalist is taking out the trash -- exposing liars, fraudsters, con artists and scammers for the people they truly are. Each time we investigate a sociopath, we find that they always have a little cult group following of spellbound worshippers who consider that particular sociopath to be a "guru" or "prophet."

    Sociopaths are masters at influence and deception. Very little of what they say actually checks out in terms of facts or reality, but they're extremely skillful at making the things they say sound believable, even if they're just making them up out of thin air. Here, I'm going to present quotes and videos of some legendary sociopaths who convinced everyday people to participate in mass suicides. And then I'm going to demonstrate how and why similar sociopaths are operating right now... today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    The only thing worse than a psychopath is a bio-robot psychopath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDutton View Post
    The only thing worse than a psychopath is a bio-robot psychopath.
    How about an ugly bio-robot psychopath with big ears and a wart on the tip of his nose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aslan View Post
    How about an ugly bio-robot psychopath with big ears and a wart on the tip of his nose?
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    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 many 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-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkham Knight View Post
    How to spot a psychopath
    From Broadmoor to boardroom, they're everywhere ...
    Thanks Dr. Knight, I think I just spotted one!

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