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Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson

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Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two. (With live-mixed sound by Julian Treasure and animation by Evan Grant.) TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages at http://www.ted.com/translate. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED If you have questions or comments about this or other TED videos, please go to http://support.ted.com
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lolly yolo (40 minutes ago)
Psychopathic behaviours are encouraged so the "high amount" isn't surprising to me, I'm surprised by how low the amount is considering how most of us are conditioned from a young age and how much those behaviours are rewarded and all that
Enoch Goodfellow (1 hour ago)
Capitalism is the system LEAST like to reward the psychopath!
Darcy Jovic (1 hour ago)
How did he get out with the hospital uniform?
False Prophet (4 hours ago)
Basically, if your similar too trump.... you might be a psychopath!!!
Jonathan Gorr (6 hours ago)
A neurotic jew...weird?
expertTRAINspotter125 (6 hours ago)
Has anyone else seen the episode of Blackadder Goes Forth where Blackadder tries to pretend to be mad by putting pencils up his nose, and underpants on his head.
Enoch Goodfellow (1 hour ago)
Ahwooblle! wooble wooble
Tim Collins (10 hours ago)
Thank you for passing on this scientologist propoganda
okay - 47 (11 hours ago)
Why are the sound effects so unnecessarily loud??
Mike York (12 hours ago)
Anyone can do it how lame!
superowl91 (17 hours ago)
i'm not a psychopath i'm better than that!
louis myers (18 hours ago)
What kind of prison keeps a copy of Ted bundy's biography?? Seriously??
Rhodotron Rhodotron (18 hours ago)
i get a manipulative spiritual vibe from this. the fact that his journalistic investigations into that topic have been supported by scientologists doesn't help his reliability.
TheRatSquid (19 hours ago)
Jesus Christ youtube, I watched it. Now stop recommending it!
Vic Oilsteems (20 hours ago)
America is a huge corporation, psychopaths are running the asylum.
Aye Renee (20 hours ago)
Kinda pissed me off when he said that with so many psychopaths in the room, there could be carnage by the end of the night. I read into it and this is what I found. "the conclusion forensic psychologist J. Reid Meloy reached after studying many of the mass killings that have occurred in the last 50 years. Most mentally ill people, of course, are not violent, but the lurid, over-coverage of these rare events by the media makes them seem like weekly occurrences. A minority of mass murderers includes depressive homicidal individuals, and very few are psychopaths like Columbine shooter Eric Harris." https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-a-haycock/6-incredibly-common-misco_b_5082723.html now I understand that people think this way, with all the media coverage of the bad things that psychopaths have done. I am personally schizophrenic and I have never had even the thought to kill someone, even during a psychotic episode. I, just like many others with severe mental illnesses, am more likely to hurt myself than anyone else. I just think that we need a better understanding before making harsh generalizations.
ArraysStartAtThePowerOf0 (21 hours ago)
*doing terrible in life* ha ... atleast I'm not a psychopath.
Alec Cummings (23 hours ago)
They have the terms sociopath and psychopath confused. They are habitually used together but are in fact different. Psychopaths are inherently dangerous and violent. Whereas sociopaths are just manipulative and have a self centered view.
Rich Bass (23 hours ago)
Very appropriate t-shirt (Last Exit To Nowhere)
Teresa Sellers (1 day ago)
I was married to someone that I believe is a psychopath and killer. I found preteen girl jeans under the middle of his king size bed when we were getting new mattresses...I freaked out, he acted weird and said they were his daughter’s...but she was in college out of state. Years he told me if I ever died in my sleep he would not call the authorities until he had his way with me...then one day 3 gold capped teeth were found in the washing machine...my spider senses were off the chart...he became more weird and abusive and lots of other stuff...We are divorced and I had to flee the country for safety he was stalking me.
BadJokeZach (1 day ago)
Tony backstage with mace, rope, and a thank you card.
Dan T (1 day ago)
Okay so he couldn't deliver this without raising the question? He might not be a psychopath be an idiot perhaps. Got through 13 minutes till I realized this guy is lazy or off kilt. Didn't need to be mentioned at all and he might have actually had something if he wasn't a fool and could have perhaps interviewed dozens of "hush" psychopaths. Clumsy. The klutz doesn't know if he wants to be legit or a terrible comedian. Smh.
That entire story went no where.
SnapCracklePapa (1 day ago)
Yes, capitalism, that's the problem. Because everybody knows there's never been a psychopath in any governmental position. By the way, I did a quick Google search for this Tony character in Broadmoor, and it turns out he did a tad bit more than just beat someone up. He killed a homeless man. This information comes from the Wall Street Journal, however, so it's probably just capitalist lies.
Enoch Goodfellow (1 hour ago)
Exactly. Capitalism is the system LEAST likely to reward a psychopath!
Worst TED talk ever. Such a bullshit long-winded story. I wasted 18 minutes of my life.
SC EM (1 day ago)
“Tony” is amongst the normal non-programmed group that simply wasn’t conform-ant enough to the puppet masters that be to “play well with others”. (Aka “crazies”) Hence that said “crazies” who refuse to comply to the gated community’s ‘regulations’ to put up the “appropriate colored mailbox” in front of their house like everyone else. “Those ppl have to go.” Therefore “Crazy Tony” has no clue that he’s likely much better off, and much safer inside those “walls”, away from this herd of infected, lynchmob mentality driven, insecure, elitist sheeple. Now, go back to your media “programming” “devices”, take your herd management RFID chips, and continue your meaningless indentured lives of servitude (aka slavery outside, but between the next set of proposed “walls”) by means of digital debt, and societal expectations. (see “Social Credit System in China” for a glimpse into your future)
Time Bandit 12 (1 day ago)
Why is their music?? Cant hear the ted talk
CluelessBeeKeeping (1 day ago)
*there lern how two spel
Xmx2772 (1 day ago)
Another thing that raises your chance of meeting psychopaths is using drugs or alcohol because a lot of them self medicate.
Tinnitusthenight (1 day ago)
This is a highly stigmatizing performance. I wonder if he lacks empathy?
Matthew Furlani (1 day ago)
It was good until he started lying about capitalism
Liv Brooks (1 day ago)
Being psychopathic isn’t a crime. It’s when the psychopathy drives you to criminal acts that it’s a problem. But tons of people are psychopaths and non-violent.
Leah Curran (2 days ago)
The music. Oy.
J Ward (2 days ago)
Wierd sounds by Julian Treasure? This guy is nuts.
ryan brough (2 days ago)
I can’t believe he’s not Tony!
Mikel Whois (2 days ago)
I wouldn't go either, unless I was some kinda pshycho..
InfoFreedomFighter (2 days ago)
TEDs have lost their luster... Wake up... The now, most famous one, advocates Pedophilia - Google it.
Bjorn Wilmoth (2 days ago)
i would have gone
Madeleine Huskey (2 days ago)
can you yourself tell if you’re a psychopath?
Rissa Helene (2 days ago)
But someone told him to fake madnessss wtf
HPB (2 days ago)
As Freud turned to Jung and said, as their ship entered NYC's East Harbor in 1909... "They don't know that we're bringing them the plague." Though I'd imagine Jung knew that..
Samantha Stacy (2 days ago)
Are we supposed to learn something from this?
Dreams are not ruled by the Mental Body, that one is an emotional & soul body jurisdiction, so are many that he listed The mind only carries only 1/4th of all medical, science and buddhist explained issues. The other 75% are our other three bodies. As a professional exorcist, all demonic behavior (the deadly kinds and relative more intense types of illnesses) belong to the soul and its shadow or demonic shadow (astral body) attached to the person. This can consume or take over overrides the mental body and the lighter soul part of us. Science is so asleep.
Cavey Möth (2 days ago)
I wonder why Youtube recommended this video to me- I AM NOT A PSYCHOPATH!
nao sarang (2 days ago)
I am reading the book and its amazing I love it so much
Nicki LovesDogs (2 days ago)
The drama music sucks. The story is compelling enough as it is. And yes drugs suck, too.
Maria Byrne (2 days ago)
I have dreams being chased, but I often enjoy them because I always get away and I think they are fun. What does that one mean?
MiSt 526 (2 days ago)
Scientologists have no problem believing in a Galactic Confederation that in the distant past imprisoned millions of criminals on our planet and then nuked them, leaving their immortal spirits to exist as parasites on humanity, but Psychiatry is OBVIOUSLY fake...
teainthesahara (2 days ago)
The music was just a distraction.
teainthesahara (2 days ago)
Maybe live it was OK.
draft 16 (2 days ago)
a charming and engaging speaker
Samuel Dowdall (2 days ago)
Showing one case is not sufficient evidence to disprove an entire verified field of study
photag216 (2 days ago)
hpod3sx (3 days ago)
Psssssssssycho :)
M akis (3 days ago)
Ted discovers confirmation bias. EleGiggle
Huh What (3 days ago)
Richard Bechtel (3 days ago)
A journalist who believes capitalism is the expression of psychopathy(as compared to any other economic system?) Only to realize journalists and psychiatrists are psychopaths.
Brigman (3 days ago)
I’m not a psychopath. I’m a sociopath.
David Smith (3 days ago)
'Researchers' say that one out of four people have a mental disorder of some kind. To test this out, get with three of your best friends for a few social drinks or game of cards. Observe them closely. If, say over an hour or so, they all seem fine...who does that leave?
verrymerry1 (3 days ago)
I don’t think it was tied together well at the end. “The gray areas are where you find the complexity and the humanity and the truth”. WTF does that even mean? Sounds like some fuzzy logic to justify mentally ill who are only dangerous sometimes to walk the streets.
Lee Yee (3 days ago)
My friend Emma is a impulse liar or pathological liar, she can come up with these stories and answers on the spot and can’t really help it. Like she lead us to believe she was kidnapped, and it was an impulse, she does it all the time and is barely aware of it.
Roy Guidry (3 days ago)
Never getting that 18 min back!
T rump
Greg Pavlakis (3 days ago)
the rapist hmm i dont think that should of been broken up on that sign.
Sonya Carlson (3 days ago)
I would have gone lol
Mark Christopher (3 days ago)
Tf does capitalism have to do with this? Quit injecting your freaking political views!
tamazight kb (3 days ago)
because the pharmaceutical companies are making billions off of these "disorders" and doctors are paid by drug companies to endorse their new drugs etc it's a business .
Najat57 (3 days ago)
"...or maybe the pychiatry profession has a kind of strange desire to label what's essentially normal human behaviour as a mental disorder" Gee, like the fact that it's not only normal but at times healthy (self-preservation response) for an individual to experience a degree of anxiety in certain situations; depression as a natural response to certain life events (provided it isn't long-term, severe or systemic) or, the latest, masculinity as an expression of being male? None of this might have anything to do with self/industry promotion or political agendas, might it?
William Appelquist (3 days ago)
The music was too loud and made it hard to listen to the presentation.
Bara'a Alamayreh (4 days ago)
Amazing. Absolutely the best TED talk I've ever watched 👍👌
ironman5454 (4 days ago)
Dull, no affect etc 99% of the commentators on this page. I can NOT BELIEVE how many people watched this and do not get that this is a comedic/satirical act for the pleasure of those in the audience. Get your self checked it if ya don't get this !!
tutioalucard (4 days ago)
I hate this guy's voice
Aya L (4 days ago)
poor guy... :(
METUBE (4 days ago)
Yea bet he had no remorse turning Tony down for a drink..psychopath
Noah Mick (4 days ago)
This dude is an idiot, I literally want to punch him through my screen. Minimizing serious mental problems in the first 30 seconds of the video yet I’m sure he’d get offended if you assumed his gender. Which I am actually questioning currently. Journalists smh.
Noemi Renteria (4 days ago)
Wow this blew my mind
ReverendNillerz (4 days ago)
Capitalism is psychopathy? Figuring out what people want and giving it to them is psychopathic? I mean, that's a pretty low-brow analysis of economics... it's like a kids show version.
tamazight kb (3 days ago)
yes because it makes the pharmaceutical companies rich , these disorders are always medicated and doctors are paid to endorse new drugs by drug companies it's a business
fandude7 (4 days ago)
Capitalism? *ANY* system in our society can be manipulated by psychopaths. Why single out capitalism?
WolfGang (4 days ago)
Truly insane people are the ones who drive others crazy to hide their own madness.
WolfGang (4 days ago)
The guy in broadmoore should have pleaded guilty to his crime. He would have got a shorter prison sentence.
WolfGang (4 days ago)
He went to scientologists to try to understand psychaitry?
WolfGang (4 days ago)
So in short anyone who "dresses normally and fakes mental illness" is a psychopath?
Texas Ray (5 days ago)
Psychopaths are the chosen race. Destined to dominate.
Max Self (5 days ago)
He has a bid of salad fingers in his voice lol..
Querty Beighteen (5 days ago)
This dude got in trouble for getting into fights after drinking....twice. There's no fucking way I'd go to the bar with him.
Texas Ray (5 days ago)
The very word "tribunal" shows the nature of psychiatry. Of course they want to find problems, that's their bread and butter. If they say that people are normal and displaying a normal range of behavior they are out of work. For all the psychs that now exist, even according to their own statistics the world is crazier than ever. They are not doctors, despite their pretenses. They are the modern version of the inquisition. And no, I'm not a scientologist, nor do I agree with scientology about anything whatsoever. I don't even capitalize the cult's name.
steadfastcoward (5 days ago)
I spent a minute listening to the Grammarly ad before I realized it was not the TED talk. It made a lot more sense.
Sa'ir (5 days ago)
Psychopathy can be a strength, just as much as empathy can be a weakness. Psychopaths can fake empathy and persuade an audience, while an empath can make an irrational movement through the masses. We have both existing because that is what makes the balance, but I would prefer to see people do more with empathy but also while using their brains.
Michael Alexander (5 days ago)
we're all mad here
Mateo Visbal (5 days ago)
When he said 1 in 100 people are Psychopaths i think he meant sociopath... Maybe idk but just seems that those statistics are weird..https://www.quora.com/What-percentage-of-people-are-psychopaths-sociopaths that link is a point i'm gonna make how that people don't know the difference between the two but they are really different... a psychopath is a sociopath but a sociopath inst a psychopath
YnnyY&nne OilRyser (5 days ago)
The DSM is the psychopath's bible.
cent25 (5 days ago)
"Capitalism is a physical manifestation of psychopathy". Really? How many politicians do you suppose are psychopaths? Seems likely to be higher than 4%
Chantal-Denise Ortega (5 days ago)
Pshycopatic hahahahaha
DerpToni616372 (5 days ago)
I have no charm so yay I'm not a pshycopath
David Perez (5 days ago)
I`dve taken the drink.
Mike Krier (5 days ago)
Haha yea Jarod's comment is correct. It's also not just the music but the graphics that his two DJ-bald-ninja team were trying to hypnotize us with. You can't trust an expert ins psychology stuff when he's using manipulative bullshit like that.
THX 4488 (5 days ago)
+Mike Krier You are right, even when you say "most". Thats what so many things on earth are based on, like economy, business, politics, religion, communication, etc, etc, etc... There are peope who can sell a refrigerator to an eskimo, but if the eskimo smart enough, he will suss the intent and stop the fuss.
Mike Krier (5 days ago)
+THX 4488 ah I see. well most people are easily manipulated
THX 4488 (5 days ago)
+Mike Krier No i didnt but i focussed really strict on what Jon was talking, because English is not my native tongue. Apart from that, i'm generally not easy to cheat with anything, based on my "lifeexperience" and knowledge.
Mike Krier (5 days ago)
+THX 4488 The music and graphics... um.... did you miss that?
THX 4488 (5 days ago)
Sorry if i cant see it but where is he manipulative? I really dont know
Meredith Blaney (5 days ago)
I would have gone for the drink but taken someone for protection.
Jeffrey Johnson (5 days ago)
I'll just come straight out and say it, psychiatry is not a science and probably doesn't even qualify as a pseudo-science. The human mind has thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands or millions of aspects that make it what it is. A highly intelligent, logical, psychopath is probably one of the most trustworthy people in the world in the sense that they are highly predictable. Emotional people aren't nearly as predictable because emotions are antithetical to logic. If I were to unknowingly have an affair with a married person and then found out that they were married, I'd hope her husband was an intelligent psychopath rather than a stupid, emotional man because the stupid emotional man is likely to kill me in a jealous rage while the intelligent psycopath would consider what option is best for him and would probably decide that; a) he has no reason to be angry with me if I didn't know she was married, b) that killing me might result in his spending the rest of his life in jail which isn't good for him, c) that the person who wronged him was his wife, d) that perhaps his wife had valid reasons to cheat on him, and e) that his best option is to divorce her and get on with his life. Unfortunately, in society we only hear about psychopaths who commit heinous crimes or are well known business leaders who lay off workers, replace them with robots, or outsource their jobs to low wage countries. If 1 in 100 people are psychopaths and we have a population of 325 million in the US, that means there are roughly 3.25 million psychopaths in our country. If we assume a stable population number, a life expectancy of 80 years, an even age distribution in the population of psychopaths, and assume that every psychopath commits one violent assault or murder in their lifetime, then we would have over 40,000 violent assaults/murders every year by psychopaths (plus all the assaults/murders that are committed by non-psychopaths). So, obviously, everyone who would be deemed psychopaths by the psychiatric community is not committing a violent assault/murder during their lifetime.
AnCap Dawg (5 days ago)
Forget corporate psycopathy. Look for it in government workers.
Futureb0y (5 days ago)
Background sound effects kinda ruin it.
Nora Fitzgerald (6 days ago)
I would have gone to have that drink with Tony. Because Ronson got a lot from him. This talk, a chapter in his book and maybe one or more articles, etc. He used him, he ought to give that much back.
Kav (6 days ago)
He sounds like Salad Fingers
No problem No problem (6 days ago)
Mish375 S (5 days ago)
I'd say that David Miscavige, the Scientology leader, is very likely a psychopath. He ticks off all the boxes.

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