Never did I realize before I picked up the book The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson would there be an actual test included in it!
The book is the author’s journey through the history of psychopaths. After confronted with a confounding, ghastly riddle the author sets out not only to solve the riddle, but along a two year journey try to decode the seemingly cryptic world of psychopaths. As Ronson tries to understand the mind of a psychopath he interviews key players along the way. Not only does he interview psychologists who pioneered techniques used to understand or cure the madness, he also analyzes the psychopathic traits.
The book A First-Rate Madness by Dr. Nassir Ghaemi registered on my radar was one night while watching The Colbert Report, a current events based, satirical television show. The host, Stephen Colbert, is known for lampooning his guests and at times can make them the brunt of the jokes, which is why it surprised me that someone who wanted to have a serious discussion about mental illness would choose this particular venue to hype his book. The interview was not only informative, but it was also charmingly funny. At the bottom of the page is a link to the video clip of Dr. Ghaemi on The Colbert Report talking about his book.
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