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 • 19 223

  • Bobby Fenris
    Bobby Fenris  1 hours back

    Ugh, it was so good... until the very last line... even if it was genuine, why would you not take him up on the offer? Well, I suppose... not concerning safety, it was more for helping your own mental state.

    • O B
      O B  2 hours back

      Does anyone else find this extremely uncomfortable due to the music and the two guys standing in the back?

      • Embittered Drunk
        Embittered Drunk  3 hours back

        You can always spot a psychopath if you go to their Bonfire Night party and there's no Guy Fawkes. Apparently they lack an effigy.

        • Mark Newman
          Mark Newman  4 hours back

          Total BS. There aren't 374 mental disorders, there are barely any. It's just BS created in America. Oh wait, what, America, the multi billion dollar prescribed drug capital of the world? And what's that, the rest of the ENTIRE world - that doesn't have a massively powerful drug industry - has nothing to do with this utter BS. Because it's bollox. Disgusting. Shame on everybody associated with these drug lies.

          • Savage Panda
            Savage Panda  6 hours back

            did he wrote a book on it? whats the name if there's any

            • Jordan Richards
              Jordan Richards  12 hours back

              He only offered a free drink? If he wanted ME to give him MY time he should have offered a little more. Everyone I know is always trying to buy ME drinks anyways.

              • Dcstar5
                Dcstar5  13 hours back

                What’s with the background noise? Takes away from what might have been on ok story.

                • Lillian Faith
                  Lillian Faith  13 hours back

                  He didn’t go for the drink because both times he went to jail was for a “Bar fight” maybe he poisoned the drink

                  • NA NA
                    NA NA  15 hours back

                    its almost like a varying degree of "psychopathy" is a normal spectrum of human behavior.

                    • Vincent Bradshaw
                      Vincent Bradshaw  15 hours back

                      Psychiatry today is nothing more than quackery. Also convenient for the propaganda purposes of any given State. There is 0 physical evidence to support this entirely theoretically so called medical profession. It is essentially theoretical science 100% speculative and ever changing. Yet however it is the only so called medical profession whereby treatment may be enforced. Oh how so convenient for the state and billion dollar pharmaceutical industry, that's a revolving door for its existence, as a massive money spinner. Ohhhh woe , where art thou Hippocrates?....V

                      • Darthmufin
                        Darthmufin  16 hours back

                        Those sound effects are incredibly distracting and take away from him entirely. I can't tell if the audience is murmuring and snickering at non jokes or if it's the sound effects.

                        • Not Important
                          Not Important  18 hours back

                          Broadmoor? Isn't their a movie based on this English facility?

                          • Terrific
                            Terrific  18 hours back

                            you might go sane into one of those hospitals but if you ever get out of there you wont be sane anymore

                            • MrGerdbrecht
                              MrGerdbrecht  23 hours back

                              By the videos list Trump is a psychopath, king of kapitalism.

                              • Leslie Nicole Johnson
                                Leslie Nicole Johnson  1 days back

                                So you’re telling me you researched a guy and then didn’t speak to him because he said he wasn’t insane but you thought he was insane so considering that you think he’s insane then he’s insane even if he’s telling the truth. And then you went to a psychiatrist to diagnosis people who have no history of psychiatric health and started to make normal behavior of self care and self love become apart of what is considered sociopathic and psychotic. So you can take everything that the person worked for if they were ceos because you didn’t like the way they liked themselves or had money because you were jealous. And then you went on an expedition where you diagnosed a person who was fixing the problem in the capital society to better that society and wrote a book. So psychiatrists can scam people into thinking that they are actually crazy when it’s actually the psychiatrists who are actually insane but are saying that other people are insane. So you let the guy out but he went back to jail for just a month because someone was paid to attack the guy and put him back in jail. And when he gets out he wants to thank you by buying you a drink. But then at the end of the day you didn’t go because you come up with the conclusion that he wasn’t insane but he’s insane because he’s a psychopath which is considered normal by human behavior but because he went back to jail it concluded that he is really mentally insane and that he needs to go to a permanent psychiatric ward. When in fact it just concluded that you manipulated him into thinking that he was insane by diagnosing him with a diagnosis that was based on normal human behaviors. So you’re basically sayin that because you didn’t like him that you went through all that trouble to kill him but not kill him but you’ve could’ve just paid someone to kill him in the first place without leaving a trail? Idk sounds likes someone’s dumb. So basically in the end what becomes of the police officers or federal government officers who are trained to think in the span of their criminals mindset?

                                • Joshua Bailey
                                  Joshua Bailey  1 days back

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                                  • Paula Bear
                                    Paula Bear  1 days back

                                    Love what Lily Tomlin’s “bag lady” says... “What is reality really, but a collective hunch”. Sooo- what is your normal?

                                    • Hazel Cohen
                                      Hazel Cohen  2 days back

                                      FRACAS ~ a noisy argument or fight:

                                      -He was injured in a Saturday-night fracas outside a disco.
                                      The prime minister has joined the fracas over the proposed changes.

                                      • Tom Alvim
                                        Tom Alvim  2 days back

                                        One of the best TED Talks I've ever heard!

                                        • Albert Nygren
                                          Albert Nygren  2 days back

                                          I worked as a Registered nurse on the inpatient psychiatric units of 2 hospitals for 20 years. The DSM is a good and needed manual. Those who poke fun at it don't know what they are talking about.

                                          • jeff atomos
                                            jeff atomos  2 days back

                                            We are all psychopaths when we need to be.

                                            • Pamela Varas
                                              Pamela Varas  2 days back

                                              was Tony a slender man? meaning the impulse to kill? or hear him? let him in? is outside? the predator, the children abuser

                                              • Football 365
                                                Football 365  2 days back

                                                After the second time watching, I finally get why he didn’t go to the bar.

                                                • Hermione xo
                                                  Hermione xo  24 hours back

                                                  Why? Because he didn’t want to meet with a psychopath?

                                              • Sivart3
                                                Sivart3  2 days back

                                                So why exactly didn’t he go to the bar?

                                                • Flash HarelKrash
                                                  Flash HarelKrash  3 days back

                                                  The music gets so annoying

                                                  • A B
                                                    A B  3 days back

                                                    You were afraid of your own creation!! You told him what “statistically” was and tony believed it!!

                                                    • robert stewart
                                                      robert stewart  3 days back

                                                      Please, give him a southern accent and you would all think this is bullshit

                                                      • Hortense Weinblatt
                                                        Hortense Weinblatt  3 days back

                                                        Skip ahead to 12:21

                                                        • Pamela Varas
                                                          Pamela Varas  3 days back


                                                          • The Backroom
                                                            The Backroom  3 days back

                                                            i like his t shirt, funny with that shirt and the name Tony

                                                            • Jack Hunt
                                                              Jack Hunt  3 days back

                                                              "what he is, is a psychopath" _cue ominous pipe organ_
                                                              . (also)
                                                              Tony was Danny Torrence's imaginary friend in "The Shining" -- this guy's wearing an Overlook Hotel shirt

                                                              • Ianis Caratti
                                                                Ianis Caratti  3 days back

                                                                he sayed: I would like to buy you a drink
                                                                and I didn't go...
                                                                what would you have gone?

                                                                get that free drink for sure

                                                                • Anastasia Ozerova
                                                                  Anastasia Ozerova  3 days back

                                                                  I don't know why I was expecting some guy to say he hallucinates blue kettles with yellow dots every night at 3:00 am but this was pretty entertaining

                                                                  • fastrivers
                                                                    fastrivers  3 days back

                                                                    Click-bait warning: The speech is a disguise for a liberal message attacking capitalism.

                                                                    • T. Va.
                                                                      T. Va.  3 days back

                                                                      I cant help but note that he reminds of Benjamin from Lost.

                                                                      • Alejandra Salazar Ojeda

                                                                        I’m a future psychiatrist and this is just too cool for me

                                                                        • Bartłomiej Bugała
                                                                          Bartłomiej Bugała  3 days back

                                                                          Capitalism is rewarding psychopaths? Have the author of this statement / read about socialism / communism in its true form / final stages? Only a psychopath would say that capitalism is the most psychopath rewarding ideology. Psychopaths are the leaders of every Communist or socialist regime, all secret police, judges, officials are either psychopaths or plain evil. And the more psychopath you are in communism the more you are worshipped.

                                                                          • Dank’ntrans
                                                                            Dank’ntrans  3 days back

                                                                            Amazing how the system can just manipulate your actions into justification for taking your entire life away

                                                                            • Pat Mullarkey
                                                                              Pat Mullarkey  3 days back

                                                                              Hmmmmm..... Zuckerberg?

                                                                              • Anthony Kanode
                                                                                Anthony Kanode  4 days back

                                                                                Anyone else click on the video because Jon Ronson sounds an awfully a lot like Ron Swanson?

                                                                                • James Hunter
                                                                                  James Hunter  4 days back

                                                                                  5.27 I'll come back to that very interesting

                                                                                  • Davide Dag Cardella
                                                                                    Davide Dag Cardella  4 days back

                                                                                    That was an awesome monologue, intriguing, entertaining and well prepared.

                                                                                    • Thea Audine
                                                                                      Thea Audine  4 days back

                                                                                      everyone thought he wasn't a psychopath until he said "you know, everyone is a little psychopathic"

                                                                                      • Bioshock Bombshell
                                                                                        Bioshock Bombshell  4 days back

                                                                                        I have fallen down the rabbit hole and landed in a TED talk lmao

                                                                                        • naynay sploogle
                                                                                          naynay sploogle  4 days back

                                                                                          "He invited me to the bar and I didn't go; What would you have done" Well if I gotta go over the great pong i'll pass.. if im in the same area sure lets get fcked!

                                                                                          • Enrico N
                                                                                            Enrico N  4 days back

                                                                                            Just great. :)

                                                                                            • Kitsch
                                                                                              Kitsch  4 days back

                                                                                              Anti-climactic. thanks great ted talk.

                                                                                              • Julz135
                                                                                                Julz135  5 days back

                                                                                                That was phenomenal!