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Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson

September 8, 2019

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)


  • Reply PyramidCeres September 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Wth, they need to free this guy.

  • Reply NoReOz September 5, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I gotta admit that this dude got mad presentation skills, with the background music, effects and all that.

  • Reply K Rel September 5, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    psychopathy is defined by a lack of empathy and being devoid of moral thinking. They also percieve people as objects like a toaster and they have a certain lack of appreciation for art. ie you cant get a psychopath to feel emotions from hearing music and they cant abstract art well. the clearest definition of a psychopath is someone who can only appreciate life as an expression of power. Anyone else might score what id say highly on machiavellianism in terms of being willing to do whats neccessary to survive but the average person wouldnt rob a blind man when no one is looking a psychopath wouldnt think twice about it.

  • Reply Sergio Castillo Vidal September 5, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Hate the background music

  • Reply Alucard September 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    This guy was in the documentary of the Bohemian Grove by Alex jones (@ 39:50)..

  • Reply holdingbacktheflood September 5, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    The weird music ruined this talk so much

  • Reply Stephen Duncan September 5, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Psychopaths run the planet and they help each other , they should be rooted out and locked up then we would have a more sane world.

  • Reply Alabama Woodsman September 5, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Ahhh. Its capitolism's fault. Im calling B.S.!

  • Reply damon2772nomad September 5, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I've always said I'm not the black or white…but the grey in between. 🤦‍♂️

  • Reply Circuit Breaker September 5, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    I thought socialism is psychopathic model, but no, it's free market that's bad 🤣🤣🤣. The guy maybe a good psychopath spotter, but very bad in statistics. If statistics say 1 in 100 is a psycho in the world, it's not gonna tell you how many psychos (if any) are TED Talks attendees.

  • Reply Austin Tuttle September 5, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    NUKE THE PSYCHIATRY INDUSTRY. REBUILD FROM THE GROUND UP! I'm seriously considering devoting my life to this

  • Reply JenjuroX September 5, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I wouldn't have gone to meet Tony. Every time that guy goes to a bar he gets into a fight; screw that.

  • Reply Jesse Spades September 5, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    i wouldve gone. it seems that history has a way of inviting you in. isn't that what journalism is about?

  • Reply Bookishbrooke September 5, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Yeah no self diagnosing

  • Reply frank datank September 5, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    You don’t get five years for “just beating somebody up”

  • Reply J EM September 5, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Its unthoughtful for any person to even use a word in this world that so many people deem scary or bad. There's no need to categories a person when all they are is different…. the word physcopath doesn't exist in my eyes… if anything trying to act normal for people around you to think this is the way to behave is unhuman…. and psychopathic…

  • Reply User Name September 5, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Grandiose sense of self worth…..who does that make you think of? A psychopath huh?

  • Reply James Hickok September 5, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Capitalism has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with psychopathy, but communism does.

  • Reply Pat West September 5, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    The theatrics and noise are really distracting. I'm out, he doesn't have any strange answers, save your time.

  • Reply losingmysamity September 5, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    This was a really good one, I have heard students that I teachers aid for call themselves psychopaths and diagnose themselves with anxiety and bipolar. And I'm never really sure what the right thing is to say but this gave some helpful insight.

  • Reply John davies September 5, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I was thinking he had a pin stripe suit on because he was hoping you were going to help him with something legal and that's what you would wear if your meeting with a lawyer type person and he was trying to use you to help him get out of there

  • Reply John G Cahill September 5, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Having worked 30 years in a high security section of a mental hospital…what is normal???…its not what yoou think…its what they think!!!

  • Reply Patriotic Cat September 5, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I think most people are "mentally ill" but most people don't use their illness in a bad way. I'm "paranoid" Because of previous trauma as a child but if you ever spoke with me or saw me you'd never know I was "paranoid" nor have I ever given a reason for anyone to think I was "paranoid". but some people wanna pass laws and restrict rights like The Second Amendment all because I'm "mentally ill".

  • Reply Keegan Miller September 6, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Tony used to eat cheeseburgers

  • Reply daddy andrew September 6, 2019 at 2:46 am

    i think im mentally insane now.. thank you

  • Reply Cody Crowley September 6, 2019 at 3:09 am

    I'd have went

  • Reply Flibgonrt Sheglis September 6, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Wow! This was so thought provoking!

  • Reply midnights Star September 6, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Is that were all the bees have gone .to the front line 🐝 🐝 🐝????

  • Reply midnights Star September 6, 2019 at 3:56 am

    I once dated such madness he was very very smart and went to college to be a police officer when graduated I asked him why did he want to be a police officer he said " I'm was put here on this Earth to kill the root of all evil . and as he went on to the police academy I would come home from work early to see him with his shirt off pulling a gun on him self in the mirror as if he was shooting at someone else .I had enough .so I parted ways but last winter I ran into his father who told he didn't finish the police academy that he went to join the army and now he with some sort of government task puppet and his father is facing some time for shooting his wife in the head " accidentally"""" and this is what we call the Tru American horror story 🙄

  • Reply Sam N’ Asher September 6, 2019 at 4:18 am

    I need that book

  • Reply Darren Pellichino September 6, 2019 at 4:45 am

    What is a psychopath? Someone who doesn't mind killing humans? I mean lets be logical about killing. Living things have to constantly disappear just to keep YOU from disappearing. I don't see any scientific difference between a human dying vs other life forms. AND I"M 100% sure nature doesn't hold a human above other forms of life. So all the garbage being spewed about defining psychopath is nonsense. It only matters to human society when humans die. It means nothing to the whole of the rest of the universe.

  • Reply Kelli Votel September 6, 2019 at 5:03 am

    This was an awesome Ted talk. Just brilliant. Thank you.

  • Reply zachary pelphrey September 6, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Tony: “what you think you’re better than me?”

  • Reply Kelli Votel September 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Extensive psych background but I had to get out because I couldn’t drink the Kool-Aid. Found the whole thing a big hard to swallow…

  • Reply ophello September 6, 2019 at 5:31 am

    This shouldn’t have audio effects. It’s too distracting.

  • Reply Peter Jeffery September 6, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Amazing self revelation, well done and noteworthy. A totally Ted talk talk. The biggest take away for me falls under the "first do no harm" dictum.Applying a label like psychopath to an individual normally means the end of inquiry into the ailment rather than the beginning of an attempt to understand and heal the wounds the patient bears. I must say the the medical community are able
    co-conspirators with journalists like Jon Ronson in this serial branding and damning.
    Basing consequence laden diagnoses on foolproof eight line "checklists" to identify psychopathy goes along with the creation of broad brush categorizations like ADHD and Autism Spectrum which blurs our understanding of these maladies and adds nothing positive to our knowledge base. These ciphers are concocted by researchers who are doing exactly the same thing as journalists do. Journalism is "literature in a hurry" and "Research" (which is never PURE) too often concludes in the creation of these labels as a way of simplifying complex problems, preferably before the grant money runs out. The same sin applies. In a rush to judgement identifying and documenting clear and obvious symptoms and traits while completely ignoring or outright dismissing the soft blurry (and often contradictory) grey areas in a patients makeup is choosing to be willfully ignorant.

  • Reply Quack Quack September 6, 2019 at 6:13 am

    No system has more psychopaths than those run by Socialists, Communists, Marxists, Globalist or the Climate Change hucksters.

  • Reply Focused FilmW September 6, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Who put the sound effects in the video….geez they are so irritating in this video.

  • Reply Sean Wilson September 6, 2019 at 6:54 am

    7:48 found the psychopath in the room, the one dude who laughed

  • Reply Ed Mahn September 6, 2019 at 7:39 am

    When ever a group of people set themselves aside to measure the performance of others you know there is something wrong. What is Normal? Nudist amongst themselves are relaxed, no add a Monk. Get my point?

  • Reply Master MH September 6, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Anybody help me.

    I have knowledge to the point of dissapointment and depression, have any ideas what is happening to me?.

  • Reply BeyondDreamTime September 6, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I take this as a partial case study of Donald 'Duck Ă  l'Orange' Trump .

  • Reply Marc Perske September 6, 2019 at 12:35 pm


  • Reply Denis Pak September 6, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Wow. This is what TED is about: smart, funny, intelligent and gives you so much to think of and make a decision for yourself.

  • Reply kpunkt klaviermusik September 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Now what is this part, where he mentioned Scientology and the CCHR?
    Is this like a surreptitious advertising for Scientology?

  • Reply XxMidnight WolfxX September 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    The background music was scary.

  • Reply Cold Night September 6, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    why does he phrase his statements like a question?????

  • Reply Lili Tincher September 6, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    At least capitalist corporate psychopaths employ great numbers of people. Unlike the socialist/communist psychopaths who have killed millions, imprisoned millions, and enslaved millions.
    Wonder why he doesn't speak about them. Oh, that's right, it's the capitalist corporate psychopaths who are dumb enough to pay to hear him speak bull#$*@!

  • Reply Leon Hostad September 6, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    The fact the DSM has ballooned to that size implies strongly that it's infact wrong.

    If something becomes a catchall and it clearly has, everyone will at least be diagnosed with a few of them, and if everyone is mad, then no one is, abnormal is normal.

  • Reply Luke Cornwell September 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    The music was quite annoying

  • Reply Mia Me September 6, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    How can a clinician be allowed to talk about a patient to a journalist. That seems fake.

  • Reply Doc Holiday September 6, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    So we are a little crazy that's the norm..😋😋😋😋😎

  • Reply kieranpearson September 6, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    …corporatism is the physical manifestation of psychopathy*

    Taxation is theft. Government is psychopathy manifest.

  • Reply PianoGesang September 7, 2019 at 12:49 am

    This guy is dangerous, a dangerous weirdo.

  • Reply R N September 7, 2019 at 12:54 am

    DSM is crap… 1 in 100 are psychopath…. this is 4x more likely in business… is where I tuned out. Who hired this guy off craigslist gigs?

  • Reply k pach September 7, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Why didn’t u let the man buy you a drink?

  • Reply Gribbo9999 September 7, 2019 at 3:32 am

    I read that psychopath list and it reminded me of someone. Chilling who has their hand on the launch codes, isn't it?

  • Reply Darmok September 7, 2019 at 3:56 am

    TED = DSM

  • Reply Michael Atorn September 7, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I've never been a psychopath, but i decided to have no empathy anymore, because people used it for their needs.

    If you cant beat them, join them.

  • Reply Ray Habenicht September 7, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I think he means 'corporate fascists and politicians' not 'capitalists'

  • Reply gamebro September 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Almost everyone is pro-abortion now, so yeah, pretty much everyone is a psychopath.

  • Reply joe kewl September 7, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Psychopaths are the new normal with the rise of the Millennials. All the speed they take all their life for their fake ADD has been proven for a century to cause psychotic reactions. Furthermore, amphetamines in conjunction with cannabis, food coloring, birth control getting recycled in the water supply and the Xenoestrogens in weed-killers,pesticides, Plastic cups,etc are all endocrine disruption hormonal unbalancing toxins. Sexual confused, emotionally overwhelmed, under educated in practical matters, consuming other various psych meds (tranquilizers, sedatives, and even blood brain barrier crossing scary stuff routinely prescribed by general practitioners given at the drop of a hat. Fake everything on their device screens. photo realistic murder simulators to relieve anxiety and let out pent up frustration by pretending to kill everything that moves while being raised with no discipline or real guidance from their self consumed parents. Overwhelmed with non stop noize and peer pressure masquerading as a support group. Totally indoctrinated at school, a stranger at home and it all started before their earliest memory so the have only this to look to for a sense of normalcy? No more families, love or friends unless you count the 1327 on Facebook and none of them care. Is it any wonder the youth are confused and feel lied to?

  • Reply Shimon Friberg September 7, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    140,000 people who watched this video are psychopaths.

  • Reply Jeffrey Shinault September 7, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I wonder what Ken Kesey would have noted about your meeting with Tony?

  • Reply Eric Thomas September 7, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    This, is the trap of the mental healthcare system

  • Reply g00gleyes September 7, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I wonder if asylums get paid per patient, like prisons.

  • Reply janithw September 7, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    The music/sound effects are distracting and don’t really work well.

  • Reply Mike Jones September 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Capitalism has been the greatest engine for freedom ever. Communism and socialism has caused severe despair everywhere it's been implemented. Remember, you can vote a country into socialism/communism, but you'll need to fight your way out of it.

  • Reply James Coulton September 7, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Are lions and animals psycopaths

  • Reply Andrew Whalen September 7, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Thank God I live in the only remaining free country, the USA! 5 years for battery?? The Elites will make everything abnormal behavior to control the population. The EU is dangerous.

  • Reply Andrew Whalen September 7, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    A simple fight at a pub gets you jail time?

  • Reply B Stott September 7, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Psychiatrists work to make everyone insane/sick because:
    1) Too many people want the attention of being a victim;
    2) Everyone becomes a potential customers/patient;
    3) Job Security.

  • Reply Al Sillman September 7, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Finish it!

  • Reply Frani Dance September 7, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I heard that the brain of a psychopath is different in certain areas from a 'normal' brain and this shows up on a brain scan, so if this is correct then why not scan crims to determine whether they are a psychopath or not ?

  • Reply Jae Lynn September 7, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    What is weird is that there is a man named Ron Johnson who is a Senator from WI.

  • Reply Jae Lynn September 7, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    That's Trump described.

  • Reply B-263-54 Bee Boobs September 7, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I'm a psychopath.

  • Reply Anna Protsenko September 8, 2019 at 12:29 am

    “I was desperate to define him by his maddest edges.”

  • Reply Eagle T September 8, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Would you go to a bar with a dude who went to jail for a bar fight?

  • Reply nikolayus larssonian September 8, 2019 at 12:43 am

    The music!

  • Reply Gary Sugarman September 8, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Lawyers, and shrinks, and journalists, oh my!

  • Reply roxoto September 8, 2019 at 1:32 am

    this punchline is heartbreaking

  • Reply 50u1m0r741 September 8, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Soo…I'm a pyscho path.

  • Reply doodr September 8, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Do you support communist? Oh you do, You are a psychopath

  • Reply Dale F September 8, 2019 at 4:44 am

    At the 1:30 mark he speaks truth. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is definitive.

  • Reply Kemkaz September 8, 2019 at 5:33 am

    I can think of a few people that fit this character reference, and usually they are the ones in charge or think they are 😉

  • Reply Skeeter McSwagger September 8, 2019 at 7:05 am

    This is one of the crazier things my inner voice told me not to watch anymore……….

  • Reply Jacob Christensen September 8, 2019 at 9:42 am

    All greatness of the human race comes from psychopaths who does not has feelings attached to their physical appearance.
    All great science- all great leaderships- all great changes comes from phycopaths. The definition of alturism is bound to be a phycopaths. Reducing one self to be simply an idea

  • Reply Doan Xuan Bach September 8, 2019 at 11:32 am

    The first people to stand up after the talk are psychopaths.

  • Reply Tanja Sipilä September 8, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I can't be the only one who yawned uncontrollably immediately when he said yawned

  • Reply All Me September 8, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    This was my favorite TED talk, so far. I'll answer his last question: What would you have done? Answer: I'd avoid that semi-psychopath at all costs

  • Reply paul jr carty September 8, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    These test make employment difficult and seem to intimidate prospective employers

  • Reply Dexters Devil September 8, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    They say psychology is a psuedo science becuase a lot of doctors are judgemental and bias and don't judge objectivity like say a cop doing a case might. When cops use psychology its valid when psychiatrists do its opinion a lot of times. For example a psychologist might say "This child has a mental disorder for playing violent videogames". Not that much of society enjoys violent games, action movies and horror flicks.

  • Reply Topgun God September 8, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I have a pin stripe suit, a grandiose sense of being, a manipulative cunning and a lack of empathy.
    Not sure what to do, now. LOL

  • Reply A Keeper Of Odd Knowledge September 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    So if you succeed at failing, what have you actually done?

  • Reply roynexus6 September 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    It's funny to watch how he projects all of the sociopathic and psychopathic Communist traits, on to Capitalism. A typical brainwashed leftist projection.

  • Reply samler pill September 8, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Capitalism? You mean Chrony capitalism? Cuz competing business are great for an economy nothing is wrong with capitalism

  • Reply Di bear September 8, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Of course this became an anti-capitalism piece. Did you know that large corporations actually LIKE heavy regulations? It's because it raises the barrier to entry for competition. Now that we understand that, capitalism is NOT the issue.

  • Reply Andrea Ray September 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    I won’t go so far as Scientology’s belief that no one should ever be medicated but I will say that they overmedicate and over diagnose people because it keeps them in business. I think far fewer people need mental health help then get it at a tax payer expense when they are incarcerated. Furthermore I think children are over diagnosed and Over medicated and at larger numbers in the foster care system when really they need to be addressing the trauma of being separated from natural parents and what ever the children may have experienced that lead up to that separation in that case a therapist someone to talk to a good support system for the child a genuine one not a social worker and attorney for the child but people who are in contact with the child daily to support them emotionally

  • Reply Uncle Davey September 8, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Got quite a few of his audio books on Audible, nice to put a face to the voice.

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