Review: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Yep, now the Don is being sworn in, it probably pays to have a quick look back over the Psychopath Test: Jon Ronson’s journey through the psychiatric professions and a look at how we diagnose and treat psychopaths.

The whole thing fizzes along, and there are a lot of laughs, but underneath it all it is pretty unsettling. I think when Ronson tells us about psychopaths being treated with marathon LSD sessions at the Oak Ridge Hospital for the Criminally Insane is the point where I gave up on finding any hard and fast logic in this world.

This is a decent, funny, quick read, but it doesn’t go far enough. There are parts where I wanted Ronson to go into a lot more detail, but instead he skates around the hard questions, aiming for laughs instead. But still, the he crams in tonnes of laughs:


Recommended. A bit.



2 thoughts on “Review: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

  1. Definitely got me intrigued by this book! Psychopaths are definitely fascinating, especially when they don’t have the same type of personality as your average citizen. Currently reading about a serial killer seen as a psychopath by the name of Francois Kendall. Their minds of truly intriguing. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    – Lashaan

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    1. This one is a bit more (a lot more?) fun than the one you’re reading. Its kind of half journalism/ half comedy. Its also a look at psychopaths and the psychological ‘industry’ (I can’t tell if industry is the right word here), so you get into a kind of Kafkaesque world of rules and stuff. Super quick to read though – I reckon you’ll enjoy it.

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