Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ronson Chapters 6 & 7

In chapter seven of Ronson's, The Psychopath Test, Ronson evaluates the means that journalists and producers use to pick interviewees.  Ronson's friend Adam was questioning Ronson about his research which really got him thinking about how interviewees are picked and what makes them good interviews.  Ronson interviewed Charlotte who used to be a guest booker for a variety of television shows, and learned about the cruel ways that guests are evaluated and picked to appear on television.  Ronson thought this was pretty horrible, but then thought to himself that his interviews and methods have been no where near as awful as most journalists.

Chapters six and seven give more information about how many CEO's could possibly be psychopaths and why that might be helpful for a company.  I thought it was very interesting how Ronson interviewed Al Dunlap and really wasn't sure what to think afterwards.  Dunlap had several characteristics of a psychopath, but had other traits that were opposite of a psychopath and seemed fairly reasonable.  I also thought it as very interesting that Charlotte in chapter seven did all those awful things but never really wanted to.  She did it just because she needed to wok and make money, and that makes me think of all the people i consider awful and cruel in the media industry that maybe only do the things they do because they are told to and have to.  Most of them most likely don't enjoy being mean, but are forced to or be unemployed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Research Questions

Why does the adoption process take several years and cost so much?
What causes people to stay in relationships involving domestic violence?

I like these two questions because they are subjects that I do not know a lot about, and am interested in researching them further.  I would start researching adoption and the several steps used to complete an adoption.  For domestic violence, I would most likely start with finding a proper definition of what domestic violence is.  The most probable answer for why the adoption process takes so long would be because they are making sure the couple or parent is a suitable fit for the child.  I assume that people stay in relationships where they are subjected to domestic violence because of fear of their significant other.

It might be difficult trying to figure out why people stay in situations with domestic violence, because most of the information would have to come from those people themselves.  That would be the most credible source to answer that question.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ronson Chapter Four

In Ronson's book, The Psychopath Test, chapter four is titled "The Psychopath Test," and explains exactly what the psychopath test is and how it was developed.  Bob Hare is the man who developed this test which is really more or less a checklist of how to read between the lines of what people say and do.  Ronson attended a teaching session held by Bob Hare to show developing psychologists how to use the psychopath test.  As Bob showed clips of psychopaths and examples of the things they would say that indicate that they are psychopaths, he explained that the cause of their psychopathy was the lack of amygdala activity.  To show them exactly what he meant, Bob showed several relaxing pictures, then suddenly flashed a picture of a man with his face blown apart.  Ronson talks about the strange feeling he experienced when looking at this picture.  Bob explains that this feeling was the amygdala sending signals of distress to the rest of the body, and this sensation does not happen in psychopaths because their amygdala are not very active.

It is very interesting how the checklist for psychopath test works, since I would guess that everyone would have some sort of a score on the test although this does not indicate they are a psychopath.  Maybe everyone of us is a "psychopath" in our own way, that may be extreme and may not be extreme. There are people all over that have a sense of self-grandiose, but this only goes so far, so they are not considered to be a psychopath.  I think it is funny when Ronson talks about his anxiety in chapter four especially after watching the clip of him in lecture.  The way he writes even comes across anxious sometimes.