Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson

  • Published: 15 August 2012
  • 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.)

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Comments • 16 692

  • Smol Bean824
    Smol Bean824  3 hours back

    I dont know how many times I've watched this. Always captivating

    • Victoria Mendez
      Victoria Mendez  3 hours back

      i read his book then this came on my recommendations
      youtube is listening

      • Dutch Defense
        Dutch Defense  4 hours back

        I hear a lot of music/noise during his presentation... am I losing it already?

        • electron2k
          electron2k  8 hours back

          how do they know i'm re-reading the psychopath test right now

          • Ray Renati
            Ray Renati  9 hours back


            • Jacqueline B
              Jacqueline B  11 hours back

              To answer the last question...I would have gone for that drink. But I would have discussed empathy and tried to make him feel it, maybe using the concept of the virtue of selfishness or quantum theories that coincide with religious ideologies allowing people to understand they are just a part of a greater whole. It doesn't sound like this guy is a pathological liar, which is the only thing that would keep me from going for the drink. That is one category I cannot stand to be around, because it obscures reality. I think often times these categories can create ostracizing that contributes to the same qualities that prevent people from feeling empathy, making the field harmful for the world. I have always felt this field is more likely used to control people by governments and cover up corruption. Take ADD for example- usually associated with restlessness because people NEED physical activity, and yet people end up diagnosed and drugged (with manufactured meth basically) instead to help raise statistical test scores. This country is disturbing. Personally, I prefer honest and good psychopaths over normal people, but cannot stand sociopaths or pathological liars AT ALL. Do not even feel comfortable in the same room.

              • social media
                social media  11 hours back

                *What if people with down syndrom are the perfect Human because they are innoncent.. Oppose to regular humans are the ones who commit horrible crimes etc..*

                • André N.
                  André N.  12 hours back

                  How does a crazy person find his way home?

                  He takes the psychopath!

                  • Cassuttus Tshirt
                    Cassuttus Tshirt  12 hours back

                    A psychopath should not be held. Especially a 'partial psychopath'. There are levels to these things. And I absulutely would have went for the drink.

                    • 8gbusby
                      8gbusby  13 hours back

                      don't are right...he's a psychopath.

                      • Cosmic Cucumbers
                        Cosmic Cucumbers  14 hours back

                        "I'm not a psychopath, Anderson, I'm a high functioning Sociopath. Do your research."

                        • Brett Frommer
                          Brett Frommer  16 hours back

                          This guy is a psychopath and he is using people's curiosity about psychopaths to manipulate people into thinking capitalism somehow grows psychopaths. Capitalism is about providing something that someone else wants or needs and then engaging in a MUTUALLY consensual transaction. Capitalism is that you are the owner of the products of your transactions.

                          • Charles Davis
                            Charles Davis  17 hours back

                            I like how you bash capitalism for having psychopaths, then go on to say allot of people have these traits and that doesn't make them psychopaths... Both capitalism and other forms of markets have semi-psychotic people, to say just capitalist have that trait is wrong. Take a look at the democratic debate with that checklist in hand

                            • rock climbing33
                              rock climbing33  18 hours back

                              Scientology still place for pedophile??

                              • ciera leal
                                ciera leal  18 hours back

                                so interesting but the background music is too loude

                                • Jakub Woziwodzki
                                  Jakub Woziwodzki  18 hours back

                                  Try reading catch 22. I can’t stop thinking about that book for years now.

                                  • soolio
                                    soolio  19 hours back

                                    why didnt he go?

                                    • Sofie Hobbs
                                      Sofie Hobbs  22 hours back

                                      Can someone explain why he didn’t go for the drink at the end ?

                                      • The Dave The Flave Show

                                        This is not funny

                                        • Elizabeth Gielen
                                          Elizabeth Gielen  1 days back

                                          Is he the voice of salad fingers?

                                          • 7 6
                                            7 6  1 days back

                                            I wouldn’t have gone either. That little fracas could have been a prelude to your murder. The neuro-pathways could now be in place for him to carry it out. It could be that the fight was over the book you wrote 😳

                                            • J. Kent
                                              J. Kent  1 days back

                                              I am was a practicing CPA for 25 year, Financial Analyst before that for large corporations, doing financial presentations to management. From my observation, oil and gas company owners and executives - perhaps 100% of those men are psychopaths, ruthless self-interest people, zero care of right an wrong, brutal power desires, money is their god. From my studies, there is a race of psychopaths, pure control freaks on a large scale, the media, Hollywood, politics, banking - truly a race of people with psychopath genetics, born into it, nothing can be done to change it - the same people that control who is to be censored on yutube.

                                              • Airborne Filip
                                                Airborne Filip  1 days back

                                                Somewhat disappointed this list in the video doesn't paint me as a psychopath. :D Guess I can't go and tell people I'm a psychopath when they tell me I'm "weird". Oh, well.

                                                • Jim Scribner
                                                  Jim Scribner  1 days back

                                                  As Dr. Victor Szasz, a psychiatrist who wrote "The Myth of Mental Illness" once described it the DSM is like a claim registry prospectors register their ownership of valuable minerals in where various mental health professionals register their claims to precious maladies. The obvious reason that it's grown so much in size over the years is because the more people you can label mentally ill pragmatically the more potential patients you have available to make money from.

                                                  • Sean Reid
                                                    Sean Reid  1 days back

                                                    I have D.I.D. This was a really kewl video!

                                                    • glasslinger
                                                      glasslinger  1 days back


                                                      • Frodo
                                                        Frodo  1 days back

                                                        Being a psychopath doesn’t make you a bad person by default. The defining characteristic is a supreme lack of empathy. A lot of the other traits are the result of the psychopath learning how to appear more normal. After that, it can go either way. But when it goes bad, it often goes real bad. You have a highly trained manipulator with a severe lack of empathy on the loose...

                                                        • dogone gone
                                                          dogone gone  1 days back

                                                          No need for all the sound and visuals.

                                                          • Fred Schartz
                                                            Fred Schartz  1 days back

                                                            Hmmm. It can be said that a good number of politicians are psychopaths.

                                                            • Andreas Høydalsvik
                                                              Andreas Høydalsvik  1 days back

                                                              374 mental disorders: the the so called genders plus a bunch more

                                                              • DanishVikings
                                                                DanishVikings  2 days back

                                                                well, all behavior is psychotic, if you do it to much

                                                                • Zingara Joe
                                                                  Zingara Joe  2 days back

                                                                  As an old shipmate was telling me some story and I said 'that's nuts'.  He said, in reply "you might be crazy but I'm not and I've got papers to prove it".

                                                                  • Jay 7
                                                                    Jay 7  1 days back

                                                                    Lol, is that true or is that a joke? Either way it's funny lol

                                                                • Doc Simo
                                                                  Doc Simo  2 days back

                                                                  I'm a clinical psychologist. Not all the mental health professionals are so eager to diagnose people with some condition just because they match the criteria on the DSM (or ICD). They are just tools, not the bible. Clinical experience, common sense, years of studies are applied before even thinking about diagnose something. And the majority of the times there is no need for a diagnosis

                                                                  • Lopiklop
                                                                    Lopiklop  2 days back

                                                                    Well last time he went to the bar he got into a fight

                                                                    • Lara Bradley
                                                                      Lara Bradley  2 days back

                                                                      While I agree that in some cases mental disorders are over diagnosed some are under diagnose eg; female aspergers
                                                                      I am a girl with Aspergers. Me and my mum knew something wasn't right since I started middle school. Nobody believed us.
                                                                      3 middles schools and 2 high schools filled with bullying later, guess what? I have Aspergers and I want to call up those schools and tell them what they put me through.

                                                                      • Zara for universal lord
                                                                        Zara for universal lord  7 hours back

                                                                        They didn't put you through anything, the bullies did, but it's up to you how words affect you... now go be normal

                                                                    • Nicki Knox
                                                                      Nicki Knox  2 days back

                                                                      yes they want to label people as crazy so when people come out and say something they can just say that's a lunatic why would you listen to that.

                                                                      • BLITZ
                                                                        BLITZ  2 days back

                                                                        YOUTUBE :

                                                                        • 9Finger-Frodo Baggins
                                                                          9Finger-Frodo Baggins  2 days back

                                                                          Scary stuff. Done in very good humor!

                                                                          • dirtwhisperer
                                                                            dirtwhisperer  2 days back

                                                                            Wow that was deep. I don't even know what to think about what I just watched. I think it went over my head but then again I am still stuck on crashing cars into walls. What really got me to thinking was they guy trying to convince people that he was actually sane. I think I would have a lot trouble myself.

                                                                            • Ancient Aspirer
                                                                              Ancient Aspirer  2 days back

                                                                              Sanity is overrated

                                                                              • Mary Poole
                                                                                Mary Poole  2 days back

                                                                                Dismantle the Corrupt DSM-Psychiatrist Bible---FDA-AMA-Allopathic Doctors--Psychiatrists etc. are Glorified Drug Dealers for Big-Pharma---FDA legally prescribed opioids--antianxiety//antidepressants//antipsychotics etc. causes suicidal/homicidal tendencies and ideation---!!!

                                                                                • Tim Dolan
                                                                                  Tim Dolan  2 days back

                                                                                  I wish, but... some of those drugs can help people. They just don't need to be on them FOREVER. Take for a couple weeks, MAYBE 2 or 3 months, and then see if they helped your body/mind fix itself. The human body is VERY good at that. It worked for me. I think (which I know is NOT proof) if I would have kept taking them I would have become dependent.

                                                                              • b.j. stoner
                                                                                b.j. stoner  2 days back

                                                                                😎I really enjoyed this‼️

                                                                                • Lady Odessa Von Rothbart

                                                                                  By far my favorite Ted talk😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

                                                                                  • Slickpickle
                                                                                    Slickpickle  2 days back

                                                                                    There’s a psychopath test? Can anyone take it or is it a guide for medical pros? Asking for a friend 🤨

                                                                                    • Erik Olson
                                                                                      Erik Olson  2 days back

                                                                                      that really pissed off how they locked to tony up for being a psychopath when he hadn’t actually done anything

                                                                                      • Hankdafishtank A
                                                                                        Hankdafishtank A  2 days back


                                                                                        • David Gregory
                                                                                          David Gregory  2 days back

                                                                                          fuckin great!!

                                                                                          • Barry Barry
                                                                                            Barry Barry  2 days back

                                                                                            There's no need for tests, we all have this trait (sick fucks)... Children dying from starvation (approx 3 million per year), wars, murder, rape, child abuse, domestic violence, haves/have not's etc etc etc!. There's no need for tests, we all have this trait (sick fucks)!!!