The Psychopath Test

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Pan Macmillan, Jun 3, 2011 - Humor - 304 pages
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What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness.

Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . . .

Combining Jon Ronson's trademark humour, charm and investigative incision, The Psychopath Test is both entertaining and honest, unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly judged by our maddest edges.

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Review: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

The Psychopath test is a gripping read. I feel that I have learned so much from it, from experiments that they conducted in the 60s etc. I had never heard of such practices and found the whole thing ... Read full review

Review: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

User Review  - Kusaimamekirai - Goodreads

What I love most about Jon Bronson's books is that he can find humor in topics that are otherwise fairly terrifying. Here interviews several people from different strata in society and applies a ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists. His first fictional screenplay, Frank, co-written with Peter Straughan, starred Michael Fassbender. He lives in London and New York City.

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