Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Psychopath Test

Ronson emails Rob Hare to ask if they could meet up so that he could learn more about his checklist. Ronson ends up going to a residential course taught by Rob that explained all about the checklist that he had invented. Through his own research, Rob had discovered that the brains of psychopaths were different. As the days pass Ronson becomes less skeptical of the checklist and becomes a Rob Hare devotee. Ronson discovers that many psychologists believe that there are a disproportionate number of psychopaths found in high places. He is told that he needs to be careful in his search and study of psychopaths because they can come in all shapes and sizes and be extremely dangerous.

I thought that this chapter was really interesting because it gave insight into research that had been done on psychopaths at the time. I didn't exactly understand why that when Rob presented his research, no one believed him. He should have gotten greater respect and praise for his research. I also enjoyed reading chapter 5 but I found it a little disturbing. I couldn't believe that our country would let a man who had done such horrible things live here without any consequences for his actions. I still wonder whether Toto is actually a psychopath or not.

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