Monday, October 17, 2011

Chapters 6 and 7

In Chapter 7, "The Right Sort of Madness", in Jon Ronson's book, The Psychopath Test, analyzed the way he had been choosing the interviewees for his book by talking to a woman that has worked in TV production named, Charlotte Scott. Scott was on the writing committee for multiple TV shows and worked with choosing the people to go on the shows. The people she needed to find were people that were "just mad enough" for entertainment purposes. She explained her process of finding mad people was to ask the people who were applying what medications they were on. If the person was on prozac then that meant to her that the person was just mad enough because it showed they were depressed enough to show they needed help. She couldn't put people that were too mad in these reality situations and mess with people's lives, especially children. She explained how choosing people that were too mad could cause horrible situations, such as suicide. So Jon Ronson realized as he left Charlotte that his method of finding a "gem" psychopath was much safer and less harmful.

Chapter 6 and 7 were very interesting to me because they investigated a new type of psychopath, one that hasn't been caught and is living amongst us and running corporate companies. I also find it interesting that the people that are psychopath living in society fit Bob Hare's list of characteristics as well. For example, Al Dunlap demonstrated characteristics of predator prey by having numerous lion and tiger sculptures. But then Jon Ronson mentions in chapter 7 that some of the characteristics Al displayed weren't at all psychopathic, such as his great efforts to succeed in school when he was young and that he went to a very prestigious school. So anyone around us here at UW-Madison could turn into a psychopath at any moment.

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