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Jon Ronson

What Is "Normal"?

Eric Maisel, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

What do we mean by the words "normal" and "abnormal" as they apply to the mental and emotional states and behaviors of human beings? Can those words be sensibly used at all, given their tremendous baggage, their built-in biases and the general confusion they create?

Mad Science

Kristen Hotham Carroll | Posted 06.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Kristen Hotham Carroll

Is it possible that someone may be sad, because their life is not going well, and not necessarily depressed? Is it possible that someone may be superstitious and enjoy routines, and not have OCD? Is it possible that a child may be disinterested in school, and not have ADD?

Call Me Crazy

Penny Love | Posted 05.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Penny Love

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMr. Ronson's talk was not all shivers. He comforted me when he described a man that wanted to plead insanity for a crime, so he started acting like a psychopath.

Who Can You Trust?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

By the way, psychopaths in the U.S. rarely use the NGRI (Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity) defense because they know it will deliver more time inside than going to prison. Are our psychopaths smarter?

Where Have All The Normals Gone?

Allen Frances | Posted 05.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Allen Frances

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe are spending tens of billions of dollars plying the worried well with unnecessary and expensive drugs; while at the very same time ignoring the desperate needs of those who really could benefit from psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

Can You Be Just a Little 'Psychopathic?'

Jonathan Appel, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThere has been a supposed attempt in the soon to be published DSM-5 to move beyond the system of putting people into categorical boxes (e.g. psychopathic or not).

Defending Psychiatrists And The DSM

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 03.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThese kids are among the most troubled kids we see, and we aren't satisfied with what we've been able to do for them. We need a better way to identify them, as the first step in finding a better way to help them.

Psychopathy: A Cultural Reality?

Laura Cococcia | Posted 05.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhether or not psychopathy is a valid category of mental illness doesn't have much of a bearing on how fascinating our desire to categorize psychopaths is as a cultural tendency.

Jon Ronson: 4 Ways We Justify Our Places On Income Ladder

Jon Ronson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books
Jon Ronson

I recently worked out that there are six degrees of economic separation between a dishwasher making less than $8 an hour and a Forbes billionaire, if you multiply each person's income by five.

Book Review Roundup: Conspiracy Theories And How To Determine A Psychopath

Posted 07.19.2011 | Books

"A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter" by William Deresiewicz Los Angeles Ti...

WATCH: Is Your Boss A Psychopath?

Posted 07.17.2011 | Books

Even an expert doesn't always know when he's confronted by a psychopath, as Jon Ronson, author of "The Psychopath Test" said last during his interview...

The Goat Who Stares at Clooney

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

In an exclusive interview for the Huffington Post, the now Los Angeles-based goat took time out from a busy press tour to discuss his costars, making the film, and his breaking from the herd.

How My Involvement with The Men Who Stare at Goats Was Erased Entirely

John Sergeant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Sergeant

Though Men Who Stare at Goats author Jon Ronson himself has acknowledged my involvement in unearthing the book's extraordinary story, I have received neither credit nor recompense.

ReThink Review: The Men Who Stare at Goats -- the First Earth Battalion Wants You!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Simultaneously a dark, sometimes surreal examination of the US military's foray into psychic warfare, and a comedy with some nuggets of alleged truth.

The Men Who Stare At Goats: Would You Believe the Book Is Better Than the Movie?

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alex Remington

Ronson's light touch may work better on the written page because it's harder to believe the veracity of source material when it's in the context of a George Clooney movie.