An interesting view of the Psychopath


Recently I came across this TED talk given by Jon Ronson, a journalist who spent some time with the DSM and eventually in focusing on Psychopaths. While his TED talk is a deeply personal view, he does take us on quite a journey where we meet a person who is hospitalized for faking a mental illness to avoid a prison sentence and later to meet a person who reshapes failing companies through mass lay-off’s and cutbacks. Mr. Ronson uses the checklist developed by Robert Hare, Ph.D., the noted expert on Psychopathic Personalities to guide his interviews. In the end, Mr. Ronson criticizes society, especially mental health professionals, for being overly zealous in categorizing people as mentally ill.

This TED talk, if anything, brings up controversy on both sides and is worth watching.


About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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