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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Everyone's talking about ...
Psychopaths. Jon Ronson was talking about them on The Daily Show last week, and thanks to how amusing he was (I bet), all 12 copies of his new book The Psychopath Test were sold out at my local Barnes and Noble. Ronson says 1 in 100 of us are psychopaths. Your neighbor might be a psychopath ... or your wife. Here's what I don't get--"psychopath" seems like a word like "imbecile" or "degenerate" or "lunatic". It's psychological and scientific, but also expressive--we use it to express rejection and disdain. Yet Ronson talks as if it could be a straightforward fact that some number of people are psychopaths. So I am puzzled. If there are any mental health professionals reading, I'd like to know: is "psychopath" really a current diagnostic label? Could it really be applied to such a vast number of people--1 in 100??!