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.
This is a very good documentary which attempts to explore the mindset of a psychopath. I was surprised at the amount of psychopath's in the U.S. and England. I didn't think the dysfunction of Psychopathy affected so much of the population. I too believe a person can be born as a psychopath and that it is basically a wiring problem with the brain. Bio-psychology with an emphasis on Neuro-Science does hold the key to remedy many brain dysfunctions such as alcoholism and other mental health issues including psychopathy.
As a person who has a lot of empathy, I can understand the therapists dilemma in trying to work with psychopaths within the prison system and the inevitable failure of behavioral modification. I always view another person as having the same feelings and needs as I do. Unfortunately, as far as a psychopath is concerned I am far better off seeing them as an alien life form who does not possess the same emotions that puts the word human in term human being. It was interesting that one psychopath who was being interviewed (in prison) mentions that a person learns from birth and develops a conscience. At which point he mentions "a baby learns not to touch a stove when it is hot". In my opinion touching a hot stove and learning not to burn yourself does not involve the conscience at all. Could it be since he never experienced the pangs of "conscience" and that basically; he doesn't know what it is?
This was a well done and informative documentary about research into psychopathic behavior, an excellent learning aid for anyone studying psychology. Please bear in mind that the few criteria noted in the film involving Hare's psychopathic inventory is not at all a complete list, and does not encompass all of the criteria required to diagnose your ex as a psychopath.
I fell in love with a psychopath, and finally got the strength to leave, but he continues to wreak havoc with other women. I truly believe that he is a danger to society, and found this documentary to be utterly informative. I wish that everyone would watch it so that they know how to spot one, and that there is no cure. All the nurturing in the world won't help their brain malfunction, and they will play up on the sad childhood, because they know how to delve into your heart and summorn forth empathy like expert swordmsman. Stay away. Stay far far away.
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.
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.
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.
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.