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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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Ender Che (10 hours ago)
When was our dear brother’s tragic hot tub accident?
MedWisdom (10 hours ago)
😂 more than 1 Millions psychopath Viewers where watching this video till November 13th 2018. Enjoy the Grey.
Sandy Wasley (16 hours ago)
The music was very distracting.
Mark Shuford (2 days ago)
The music is annoying
Dr One DrOne (2 days ago)
Wtf is going on with the sound? It's screwed up and on the top of that it's intentionally made worse
Kelly McDonald (2 days ago)
Brilliant, thanks! I've long held that hoarding more money than a person (or a family) can use in 100 lifetimes is indeed a form of psychopathy. Just think how equitable things would become if we locked up the billionaires to keep the rest of us safe from them.
Gianluca delvino (2 days ago)
LA musica finale .qual è?
Henrico Potgieter (3 days ago)
My therapist threw my test in the trash saying I must have had a bad day, and he may have saved me a life of trouble
Cassie Oz (4 days ago)
Psychpaths aren't crazy, they're nasty. Organised psychpaths are the CEOs, disorganised psychopaths are more common criminals
Bossman CALL (5 days ago)
I'm a psychopath... heheheh
potwhovian (5 days ago)
you know this 2012 when a psychopath video references the Apprentice to appeal to society/ culture
Priscilla Wilson (5 days ago)
That music ruins it.
Mr Conservative (5 days ago)
Having Depression, a Severe Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome and several other hideous disorders makes life interesting to say the least. Scientologists believing drugs and psychiatry don't work is for me is totally wrong. It took time but now I feel like the cocktail works for most of what I have and fixes some of the symptoms and that's pretty good compared to spending almost a decade going from 1 drug to another and failing, never going outside, hating humans and being so anxious I couldn't answer the front door. Now I sleep like a normal person but my nightmare disorder and sleep paralysis isn't great but at least I sleep which I barely did before. My depression is ok in some areas like general mood and not so great in others but it's ok. Anxiety is still the thing we've yet to help enough. Valium takes the edge off it very slightly but really just makes me sleepy. Some people are doing great which im envious of but I've come to terms with what I am and that I can't be cured of a damaged brain but I do my best to live as close to "normality" as possible.
Harsh Gupta (6 days ago)
First of all, amazing music and animation. Secondly, why does it matter if a person is psychopathic or not if he is not commiting crimes, to the law enforcers. Imprisoning Tony was wrong once they realized he wasn't crazy and just because he was a psychopath, who has already served his time. Lastly, also isn't the last sentence by the Jon contradictory to what he said prior to that, the only part where I didn't get him? Implying we should sequestrate these people after saying that these people are the gray areas we should explore(his words).
stjhinapo Ming (6 days ago)
Much ado about?
AJ Dileo (6 days ago)
This guy simply does not understand capitalism
just Hayley (6 days ago)
Isn't faking madness a sign of being a psychopath..?
felipe martinez (6 days ago)
Ted talks where cool. What's this crap I've just seen
Slow_d0ge (7 days ago)
Gripping, interesting, enlightening, emotional.......but mostly I'd like to thank you for the diagnosis.
Alice Esck (7 days ago)
I loved how he admits that many of the ones, what it's so fast in judge others, are being hypocritical about it! Even ourselves. 👏👏👏
Jarrod D (8 days ago)
Only a psychopath would have the background music that high while giving such a presentation.
Sarah Bonney (8 days ago)
What the heck is up with the music.... It's so distracting!
Liz Johnson (9 days ago)
So only the scientologists are sane? Or insane?
J G (9 days ago)
So... since clinical psychology is such BS, and psychopaths are completely harmless, according to Scientologists; then go ahead and vote for Trump again. People don’t get diagnosed just because they have some symptoms on a checklist. There is much more that is being assessed. Those tests (which are psychometrically validated and researched) just confirm clinical observations that confirm the client’s suffering, history and consistent problems caused by those traits. If you go to a doctor and complain about stomach pains, that affect your everyday functioning, you might get tested for different things and end up with a diagnosis. But if you want to insist that the patient just had an episode of diarrhea, and shouldn’t be labeled with a diagnosis, then you’re just in denial.
Jenna Wright-Sosebee (9 days ago)
I guess I am an idiot.....why didn't he go meet Tony for a drink?
anonymous (9 days ago)
After watching this video.. I can confirm that I am a psychopath and I am going to the doc tomorrow itself
JLCodes (10 days ago)
All the sounds ruined this speech at points 😢
Joseph Blake (10 days ago)
I'm sorry there wasn't more of us in the comments who understood and reflected on the meaning of this talk.
little channel (10 days ago)
Where is my comment?
Jo LAKE (10 days ago)
The DSM (codes) is the way to biĺl insurance.
H (11 days ago)
Don’t most people fit in the grey area?
Kosta Ilijev (11 days ago)
You denied his humanity by not going to the bar with Tony, the semi-psychopath.
Kosta Ilijev (11 days ago)
Psychiatry is very much a pseudoscience!
Bevinda Collaco (11 days ago)
Brilliant narrator.
Димитрије (11 days ago)
Really thought he was going to reveal himself as tony! Disappointing!
Nat Attack (12 days ago)
I always get tricked into watching these TED talks that somehow ALWAYS turn in to some liberal presenting their agendas like they're facts.
Farshid Behroozian (13 days ago)
I couldn't understand what he's saying.... How unfortunate, such a storyteller....
Rondalyn Reynolds (13 days ago)
I'm a fan of Jon Ronson, but I didn't care for the animation and background sounds. Could have done without all that.
It is very difficult to know what goes on in the patient's mind psychologically , so most of the doctors and psychologists who describe the disease, are originally two real patients , this is what makes Ted use a real patien
Most of the events narrated by Jon Ronson are within the city limits,, of course, the city is the symbol of modern civilization ,,, he therefore describes it as the gray area that forms the subconscious courtyard ,, where the testing process stands out for each of us , because what happens in the civilized world many minds can not afford Either entering into the stage of imbalance and madness , Or to become an analyst and participant in the development of civil events
sarinola (13 days ago)
Witchcraft doesn’t turn everything upside down- witchcraft hunters do.
Vicki. S (15 days ago)
Psychopaths are not mentally ill, so I don't understand why this guy would be detained in a place like broadmoor. Also, psychopaths are born, not made, they cannot be treated. It is fairly unlikely that this situation would occur. In this case they would move the guy to a general population prison. The government cannot afford to detain psychopaths in psychiatric prisons - it is pointless.
Cannella Orso (15 days ago)
this is an interesting topic unfortunately told in a boring way by this man
AviaryGarden (16 days ago)
Very good story-telling. I almost thought the two men who approached him from the dark at the end of the video were guards ready to take him back to "the hospital" :D.
TubersAndPotatoes (17 days ago)
Are they dangerous? Are they a harm to others or themselves? If no, then leave them be.
yusuf oksan (18 days ago)
so so beautifully presented… bravo ..
Ravi Christian (19 days ago)
What the......
Khalid Abdullah (20 days ago)
so when is ted gonna talk?
SnowblindOtter (20 days ago)
This video is utter bullshit... doesn't even touch on the fact that psychiatrists themselves meet virtually all of the criteria for psychopathy.
It is very difficult to know what goes on in the patient's mind psychologically , so most of the doctors and psychologists who describe the disease, are originally two real patients ,, this is what makes Ted use a real patient
Raph Ael (20 days ago)
I dont agree with him. Too soft and fluffy, not clear cut. Too emotional, not rational enough. You can determine psychopathy at the organic level with a brain scan. Its pretty hard science. Not every psychopath is a criminal and even if they are not they can cause a lot of harm in peoples lives. If a psychopath is a criminal an has been convicted they have a very high level of recidivism. So if someone is diagnosed with Psycopathy and abnormal criminal behavior they better be locked up or monitored - for the sake of every person they encounter. He is really making some things sound way too harmless - and that is the dangerous thing - because a psycopath will always give you an altered version of reality.
DoctorArt PhD (20 days ago)
Sound like my narcissistic ex GF.
Sprecherfuchs (20 days ago)
People need to be judged on their actions, not on made up traits that psychiatrists perceive them to have
justin rinehart (21 days ago)
This would have been an amazing talk without the music and cartoons, whatever that was.
You Found Me :O (22 days ago)
If you say you have empathy you’ll be a cunning psychopath, if you say you dont have empathy you’re a heartless psychopath. So if this was a test, what’s the right answer?
headlines (22 days ago)
The sound was too much I had to watch something else
Marc Davis (22 days ago)
Did anyone else find this almost impossible to listen to? Really hard to make out anything he was saying. Unnecessary noise/music/whatever in the background doesn't help when you sound like John Inman.
Mac Dore (22 days ago)
This is just a summary of a book The one with Squanto
Deanne Smallcanyon (23 days ago)
What defines normal
The story about: Don't fake mad.
サイコパスという響きはまるで科学によってあらゆる不思議が解き明かされてしまった現代における最後の魔法だ。 魔法は謎に満ちているからこそ魅力的であり、魔女が杖から火を出したらそれはミステリアスな魔法だがライターで火をつけてもそれは誰も気に留めない現代技術であるように サイコパスは曖昧な部分を残したからこそ話題にあがるほどには人々を惹き付けるのだろう。 この公演はそれを逆手に取った、何かを伝えたようで実はまるで何も伝えていない、ただ人の興味を釣り上げた上で答えを投げかける形でそのまま投げ捨てた...放棄したトリックである。 脳は人体における最後の神秘としてこの先1000年は解き明かされないままだろう。人間という種が成熟するまで解き明かしてはいけない分野にも思える。サイコパス診断もそれまでは、眉唾ものであり続けるだろう。
arthur lewis (24 days ago)
Bollocks. His claim that a patient's doctor would discuss their condition with a journo is absurd. What's the name for a mental condition that makes someone lie in front of a few hundred people?
Pablo Pickaxo (24 days ago)
choochoochooseyou (24 days ago)
What's with the distracting racket in the background?
Jasmine Davidson (25 days ago)
“Everyone’s a bit pshycopathic” good job spelling the one word that’s the focus of the whole talk, animation guy.
Dave O (25 days ago)
Geez, terrible acoustics in this talk
lumgs2009 (26 days ago)
I absolutely hated this talk. The background music for starters. His intonation is disconnected. And the talk itself was plain useless in my opinion. He tried to do something "different", an original talk; absolute rubbish.
Ian Knight (26 days ago)
Psychology is not only not a pseudoscience, it's not a science at all. It can't follow the same scrutiny than an actual science can.
absurd heroes (26 days ago)
Yeah, we all have special behavior, but they wanna separate people who don't help them and lable them as psychopath...
yeet it's ya boy (27 days ago)
but why didn't he go?!?!
Zermist TV (27 days ago)
Read this comment to save 18 minutes: Psychopathy is on a spectrum; it isn't black or white.
Amelia Ruth (27 days ago)
He was going down the psychopath checklist basically turning it into 'who moved my cheese'.
Mari Nevin (27 days ago)
Randle "Mac"" McMurphy
Mark Fiorino (28 days ago)
Lost interest and focus because of the music
Elyse Shires (28 days ago)
“So I said, ‘yes, please.’”
richard burnett (28 days ago)
How many commenters over the years have noted . . . S O U N D S L I K E T R U M P
Guppypants (28 days ago)
Only a person who has never had job in the private sector would think that businesses reward psychopaths. Government is the entity that rewards lack of empathy. Businesses reward people pleasing.
Brometheus 322 (28 days ago)
“Manipulation?” “That’s leadership!” Favorite quote
Elizabeth Lawrence (28 days ago)
“People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.” -Harper Lee
Steven Neiman (29 days ago)
I think that most of the evil in the world ultimately comes from people wanting the world to be simple and ignoring the truth because it's complicated. Certainly more than is caused by people who actually have serious brain disorders that make them do bad things. And of course a lot more is caused by the fact that we've created an economy where everybody has to learn to live like a psychopath if they want to succeed.
FH H (29 days ago)
Anyone working for Quora. I was the last one to talk to them, then they thought it's more fashionable to become completely ominous and unknown... I wanted merely moderatorial help and they, instead of seeing harassment of a troll, determined that troll sort of "won". And then they acted as if they themselves were targets by me disagreeing and they never reading anything. They're total psychopaths. That was just the shallow version, it's utterly deranged, in fact it ruined my life so far, though primarily because of the original "troll" psychopath. (And they also reacted super-strongl,. partly in the way of becoming more secretive, expressing their cultlike self-importance they had to begin with. It's not even possible to explain straightforwardly what their fucking deal is in behaving the way they did, just super-stupid and deranged.) Anyway...
FH H (29 days ago)
I'd say easily 3 in a hundred are psychopaths, 9 out of hundred who make themselves heard on the internet (here or anywhere on the internet), in some places 60-95%. Of those latter, maybe only the normal 9% are "real"psychopaths, but the interesting thing about that is, in social contexts psychopathy can be very widespread as a group phenomenon. Anyone "justifying" voting for Trump (or also pretending to "rationalize" their antipathy towards Hillary, which is super-irrational and subliminal) would easily be 70% psychopaths, i.e. it's not possible by normal, everyday, unmanipulative or rational, "sophisticated" thinking. So in various political or social contexts, many of them quite obvious and also normally accepted as such. (This one is actually conveniently inconspicuous, a VERY convenient element, stupidly imagined to be an "argument". This in turn makes it widespread more easily...)
FH H (29 days ago)
Does he know he is on a stage, or is he just rambling in a trance? Seems definitely autistic and a terrible speaker.
FH H (29 days ago)
"No u."
Random GirlSinging (29 days ago)
Shane Dawson viewers also watched:
This has got to be one of the best ted talks. The background imagery and music match the incredible talk and it’s theme with such a creepy and mysterious air. I love it! Very well done.
Yeaaahh Braaahh (30 days ago)
For those who didn't understand it. This is what I summarized from my point of view. The psychopathic test is his book. He's telling the audience that many people are defined as "mad" or "crazy" by just listening or seeing the things a person does but for them are normal. Just like Tony asked, how do you sit in a sane way? Jon realizes that everyone has "this" disability or "that" mental illness but, exactly, how do define normal when everyone has their own perception of what is normal or not. Their own definition of normal. Tony was called a psychopath for being manipulative and grandiose. He said he was going to break the marriage of the girl he liked, which already shouts "no remorse" that is also a trait of a psychopath. He was sent to jail by some "Fracas" he called it. Tony told Jon if he could buy him a drink. Now thinking about everything that Tony did and what he experienced, would you judge Tony because he was a psychopath or accept the offer? What would you have done? In the end, probably egotism (which I'm sure isn't really), Jon didn't go because of those reasons.
The reason capitalism is the best system ever devised is that it makes use of non violent psychopaths without having to coerce or extort people like socialism does. Capitalism makes no assumption about human nature except that those who want to succeed should have ample opportunity to do so. If that statistic about corporate psychipaths is true (which I doubt) then psychopaths are pretty much carrying normal, low achieving people on their backs.
Adrian Jutronich (1 month ago)
The world needs sociopaths and psychopaths. It's not illegal to be one, unless you do illegal activities. Most do the necessary things we need in this world that need cold, calculated actions without remorse. Think Generals, CEOs, Diplomats, ICU Doctors, Lawyers and so on. I'm not saying every person in a position of authority is one, but it certainly helps.
mew SP_on23567 (1 month ago)
im not a psychopath. im a sociopath with a concience. and a psychopath. im aware of it and i dont really care. dont see why i should really as only idiots should be.
Logan Byrne (1 month ago)
I am the grey area, cause i am insane, psychopath, but functional.
Philipthe Dragon (1 month ago)
the sound effects :o
betenoireindustries (1 month ago)
hey, that's a Last Exit t-shirt he has on.
fay (1 month ago)
The five days I spent in a facility after cursing at a cop (I'm white, so they didn't just point-blank shoot me.) gave me symptoms that resemble PTSD. My family was charged thousands of dollars for my "treatment". I can't imagine what a month would be like, let alone a year, or twelve. The truth is that in America, they keep the beds full to make money. That's it. Seeing this was so validating and so shocking at the same time. It seems to be the era of "pro-recovery," and any distrust of an industry that undeniably harms people is, of course, seen as paranoia. I'm so glad that there are people in the world who still see victims as humans. You should have gone with him.
Fortress Europa (1 month ago)
Obviously its sarcasm. The activist media is fear mongering to keep you in a perpetual state of fear, you should see it for what it is. The Washington Post does a great job at compiling statistics of police shootings where fatal force is used. Deaths are proportional to population. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/police-shootings-2018/?utm_term=.e9526177eb72
fay (1 month ago)
I honestly can't tell if this is sarcasm or not, but have you ever seen The Wire? I live in Baltimore. Things like our local news outlets can confirm that things like that do indeed happen on a daily basis! In fact, just the other day, a witness in a county- and city-wide police corruption case that was set to testify was found dead. The police are saying it's suicide-- so weird, right? :) :) :) So yeah, I don't know about the whole world, but I understand how things work in my own town.
Fortress Europa (1 month ago)
Oh yeah, cops just hunt black people for sport. Black person curses at the cop and they just pull out a pistol and blow their brains out. Thats exactly how the world works.
Masha Mitchell (1 month ago)
The CEO sounds like a sociopath.
Zachary Cranmer (1 month ago)
Honestly, most of what I got from this was, "Capitalism is bad and American's are psychopaths."
Lower Tones (1 month ago)
If Tony was buying, I'd have gone! Then, if he had any money left at the end of the night, I'd have rolled him LOL LOL!
Inga Turner (1 month ago)
Think about this... every point that was given, Trump qualifies. And this man has the nuclear codes to our arsenals.
Inga Turner (1 month ago)
I would have gone for the drink.
Russell Chapman Esq. (1 month ago)
The music is horrible, Had to turn sound down and use subtitles
rizul dahiya (1 month ago)
Moral of the story : *DON'T LIE*

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