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Meet to discuss The Psychopath Test


They say one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. You probably passed one on the street today. These are people who have no empathy, who are manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The Psychopath Test is the New York Times bestselling exploration of their world and the madness industry.

When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world’s top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he’s sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath—a claim that might be only manipulation, and a sign of his psychopathy. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud, and with a legendary CEO who took joy in shutting down factories and firing people. He delves into the fascinating history of psychopathy diagnosis and treatments, from LSD-fueled days-long naked therapy sessions in prisons to attempts to understand serial killers.

Along the way, Ronson discovers that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their most insane edges. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating adventure through the minds of madness.


'I began The Psychopath Test late at night, tired, dispirited and ill – then found myself laughing like the proverbial loon for page after page’ Will Self, Guardian

‘The belly laughs come thick and fast – my God, he is funny . . . Ronson’s new book is provocative and interesting, and you will, I guarantee, zip merrily through it’ Observer

“…Both terrifying and hilarious.” -- O, The Oprah Magazine

“…A book that manages to be as cheerily kooky as it is well-researched.” -- Los Angeles Times

The Session

The Brixton Session takes place on the last sunday of every month. It kicks off at 2pm and lasts approximately 2 hours. An agenda with key questions arising from the text will be used to frame the discussion. It's a creative session where everyone is encouraged to contribute and share.

For those that fancy talking on the conversation will spill over to Brixton Ritzy's bar.

No Book?

Brixton library has copies as I write this. It's easy to join the library (just one piece of ID required) or you can buy it on amazon. Contact me before going to the library to pick it up.


The library is in the heart of Brixton, with numerous travel options including tube, train and bus. If driving you should have little trouble finding free parking nearby.

Note the google map for Brixton Library on our meetup page shows the wrong location and refuses to change. Put the Library's postcode (SW2 1JQ) in your own mapping service to see the correct location.

Waiting List

If there are no more spaces do join the waiting list. Those down to attend may be forced to change their plans.

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  • Judi D.

    How did the discussion go. Let me know what further insights were revealed!

    September 1, 2014

    • Morgan

      Hugely varied discussion covering bad (and good!) psychopath traits, the mental illness industry, and why we find the mentally unhinged fascinating! I've uploaded the questions here:­

      1 · September 3, 2014

  • Marcia D.

    Wonderful people, great organizer, exciting discussion about Psychopaths :). Looking forward to the next one!

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Marcia D.

    Wonderful people, great organizer, exciting discussion about Psychopaths :). Looking forward to the next one!

    September 1, 2014

  • Mark H

    A fun and enlightening chat about a fascinating book.

    2 · September 1, 2014

  • Yi-chun D.

    Although the attend list is currently full, I do have a great time enjoying the writing/puzzles in this book. Thanks for the recommendation!

    August 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tseng, I won't be attending anymore, so take my place!

      1 · August 26, 2014

  • Judi D.

    Agreed Elliott, I've nearly finished and I am loving it. Only the fact that I will be in Cyprus that makes up for me missing the group...

    August 10, 2014

  • Judi D.

    Can't make it but I am reading the book and nearly finished - it is brilliant. Not a bed time read though!

    1 · August 4, 2014

    • Morgan

      Haha your nightime nerves are a good indicator you're not a psychopath ; )

      August 4, 2014

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