TED Talks: Jon Ronson on strange answers to the psychopath test

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A fascinating and entertaining talk about psychopathy by journalist Jon Ronson. It begins with Ronson unwisely looking at a manual of psychiatric disorders, continues through an encounter with a Scientologist, who introduces him to a mental patient who faked his illness, and includes an interview with a CEO who showcases all the psychopathic symptoms. There seems to be a Catch-22 situation in the diagnosis of mental disorders in general, and psychopathology in particular, that interprets signs of “normality” as symptoms of a disorder. Highly recommended. You never know where Ronson is going next, and it’s always challenging and stimulating.