The Psychopath Test

Mental illness, including psychopathy, is a major concern. While we don't yet have all of the answers regarding mental illness, we can learn a lot from the mental health industry, its patients and professionals.

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson outlines the author's journey through the mental health industry, particularly as it pertains to psychopathy. Along the way, the author meets the creator of a psychopath checklist, used by others in the field to profile possible psychopaths. Ronson's quest to understand psychopathy leads him to seek out those who have psychopathic tendencies, who have been declared insane or psychopathic, and those who try to treat such individuals.

You will learn:

  • Why criminal profiling isn't 100% accurate
  • What role madness plays in modern media, including reality TV
  • That even professionals don't know everything there is to know about the brain
  • Why we should avoid placing labels on others.