A look at recent research into the brains and behavior of psychopaths and the prospects for treatment or containment of this antisocial group. Psychopaths who have been convicted of appalling crimes explain with disturbing clarity what motivated them.
The danger of this film is that people watching who have not studied psychopathology will look at the descriptive words drifting across the screen and remember that glibness, manipulative, remorseless, conning, lying, and charismatic are traits of a psychopath and may look at loved ones, friends, coworkers and others in a different, and perhaps wrong, light. Hare's psychopathology scale is the industry standard but it consists of 40 items that must be a cohesive group of traits within an individual. Not all 40 of the marker traits were shown. The other danger is that many of the traits shown and discussed, such as an abnormal amygdala, flat affect, lack of emotion, and disconnected are also traits of those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other disorders.I gave it a 4 star rating because it was informative regarding research and the results of experimental treatments.
This is an excellent movie if you're interested in serial killers/psychopaths, like me. I had no idea a Dr. had developed a psychopathic checklist of traits, and found it fascinating to hear him talk about it and also to hear others talk about how well the checklist works in determining whether a person is a psychopath or has psychopathic tendencies. Also, I had NO IDEA that in Britain, they estimate 1 in 200 people in the population are psychopaths, while in the U.S. 1 in 100 are thought to be psychopaths! Wow. That's 1% of the population! Also, that psychopaths are directly responsible for a HUGE percentage of excessive damage to people, far exceeding their percentage of the population. It's fascinating stuff and I learned a lot I didn't know. Watch if this is an area that interests you. It's well made, not particularly sensational, but there are several psychopaths who are interviewed (in prison, where I hope they stay) and it's fascinating to hear them and the professional assessment afterwards.
Good as an introduction and frame of reference for further search. However, considering how much at loss and at cross angles 'the system", academia, law enforcement and social theorists, are in respect to these subject, the documentary fails to raise questions in an open and straight forward manner as to what is going on. The prevalence of psychopathy or sociopathy, if both terms refer to same thing, is somewhat well established in most modern societies, lets say in terms of percentage affecting the population, but it does not come out in the same way every where. Less individualistic societies are less affected. On the other hand people with antisocial backgrounds, prison inmates, have been recruited at least in the United States, most likely not only in the United States, for the execution of real dirty deeds, and rewarded for it, as are also elements in "Wall Street", which the documentary does mention. It would be better to make it clear that regardless of how much we might know or think we know, we are still wearing pampers on this issue.
Very informative movie. Offers a lot of insight to psychopathic behavior in a small amount of time. I was aware of the high amount of psychopaths who are incarcerated, but I did not know the statistics regarding their commonplace in society. If you are interested in psychology or perhaps want to stay vigilant against possibly having a relationship with a psychopath, this film may be for you.
It seems many killers are born, not made which is not surprising. That predisposed psychopaths can be tested and confirmed beforehand is very interesting. The moral and legal problems that arise from pretesting is also well developed. The other thing that some apparently live out their lives without acting on the impulses is also well brought out.
A great film that actually allowed me to bring into a classroom what real Psychopaths (those diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder) often look like. In addition, there is some great scientific information from Robert Hare, Ph.D. and others addressing the diagnostic systems that have been developed and the manner in which treatment of these individuals has improved by way of improving conditions within the field of neuropsychology.
The statistics noted in this documentary, if accurate, are really frightening. Apparently, unlike zombies, psychopaths are quite common and do walk among us. The information is put forth in an entertaining yet sober fashion, with interviews with actual psychopaths and numerous members of the forensic psychological expert community. I wish it was a lengthier documentary or had additional parts to it because it was so interesting that I wanted to learn more about the topic.