Episode XXI: Psychopaths Decoded: Monsters Among Us?

Psychopaths walk in our midst, predatory creatures who don’t have the full range of human emotions, only really knowing how to see others as prey. According to a popular statistic, 1% of the general population are psychopaths. Most of them aren’t serial killers as portrayed in the media, but they are more toxic people who look to drain you of your time, energy and money.

In the book “The Psychopath Code” by Pieter Hintjens, he explains what happens when you deal with psychopaths, how they think, and how to defend yourself against them. Hintjens has no psychological training, and instead relies on his experience and intellect to notice the patterns and devise strategies. Does he know what he’s talking about?

In this episode, we discuss these points:
Do psychopaths even exist?
Are they as Hintjens describes them?
Can a person be half a psychopath?
Is there a link between masculinity and psychopathy?
What are our personal experiences?
Can psychopaths be good people?
What’s the deal with OJ Simpson?
What happened in the libertarian community in Acapulco?
What do we gain or lose looking at the world through this lens?

Note: OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murder in a criminal trial, but liable for wrongful death in a civil suit.

The Psychopath Code: https://amzn.to/2Uan0hw
The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain
https://amzn.to/2ZiPsDQ
The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson
https://amzn.to/2ZsHIKr
Strange answers to the psychopath test – Jon Ronson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYemnKEKx0c
Child of Rage documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YhxerkkHUs
Ed Kemper Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Kemper
Female Psychopaths
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-human-equation/201205/female-psychopaths
David Friedman – Legal systems very different from our own
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRF3djPNIps
Lily Forester on Unregistered with Thaddeus Russell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4nfKYNLDtk
Dr. Aiden Gregg – Psychopathy Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epUZnasT2hs
Dr. Aiden Gregg – Psychopathy Part 2 Pococurantes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3AkyTO-U9Y
Criminals treated with ayahuasca in Brazil
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/world/americas/a-hallucinogenic-tea-time-for-some-brazilian-prisoners.html
Are surgeons psychopaths?
https://publishing.rcseng.ac.uk/doi/pdf/10.1308/rcsbull.2015.331