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Psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath — here are their 6 key takeaways

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Psychopathy, loosely defined, is a combination of cold-heartedness and violence. The most extreme psychopaths may kill without remorse, mutilating victims with as much emotion as you or I might brush our teeth.

This is known as "classic" or "idiopathic" psychopathy, but sometimes the disorder is more covert, as with some manipulative smooth talkers who aren't necessarily violent.

In 2014, Belgian psychiatry professor Samuel Leistedt wanted to find out which movie characters embodied psychopathic traits best.

Leistedt called on 10 of his friends to help him watch 400 movies over the course of three years. The films spanned nearly a century, from 1915 to 2010. When the team finished watching all the films, they'd found 126 psychopathic characters

Here's a breakdown of their findings.


http://www.businessinsider.com/famous-psychopaths-study-400-movies-most-realistic-2017-12/#anton-chigurh-of-no-country-for-old-men-was-the-most-realistic-psychopath-1

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, seesthru said:

They hated my ad blocker.

Which one do you use?

Have seen all the movies listed?  This article makes me want to watch them again and pay closer attention to the psycho acting.

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Sounds like a great article, but Business Insider along with Financial Times and Forbes are impossible b/o ad blocking, seesthru.   I don't even try with them anymore and I'd like to read it. Bet it shows up elsewhere.  Good find earthnut.

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19 hours ago, Gotham Gal said:

Sounds like a great article, but Business Insider along with Financial Times and Forbes are impossible b/o ad blocking, seesthru.   I don't even try with them anymore and I'd like to read it. Bet it shows up elsewhere.  Good find earthnut.

What browser and blocker do you use?  I'm not having an ad problem with Google Chrome and AdBlock Plus.

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Here's the article but with smaller images ~

Psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath — here are their 6 key takeaways

Chris Weller     Jan. 2, 2018, 11:40 AM

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Psychopathy, loosely defined, is a combination of cold-heartedness and violence. The most extreme psychopaths may kill without remorse, mutilating victims with as much emotion as you or I might brush our teeth.

This is known as "classic" or "idiopathic" psychopathy, but sometimes the disorder is more covert, as with some manipulative smooth talkers who aren't necessarily violent.

In 2014, Belgian psychiatry professor Samuel Leistedt wanted to find out which movie characters embodied psychopathic traits best.

Leistedt called on 10 of his friends to help him watch 400 movies over the course of three years. The films spanned nearly a century, from 1915 to 2010. When the team finished watching all the films, they'd found 126 psychopathic characters

Here's a breakdown of their findings.

Anton Chigurh of "No Country for Old Men" was the most realistic psychopath.

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Javier Bardem's character in "No Country for Old Men" is a classic psychopath, Leistedt and his colleagues concluded in their report.

Chigurh approaches murder with an uncanny sense of normalcy, perfectly happy to empty his trademark bolt pistol without so much as a wince.

"He seems to be effectively invulnerable and resistant to any form of emotion or humanity," the researchers wrote.

Honorable mentions went to two characters: Hans Beckert in "M" and Henry Lee Lucas in "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer."

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In the 1931 German film "M," Peter Lorre plays a child-killer who embodies many of the traits now thought of as belonging to a child predator, Leistedt and his colleagues observed. 

"Lorre portrays Beckert as an outwardly unremarkable man tormented by a compulsion to murder children ritualistically," the researchers wrote.

In the 1986 John McNaughton film "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer," the titular character's inability to plan ahead, coupled with his turbulent personal life and poor family relationships, make him a textbook idiopathic psychopath, Leistedt said.

Early representations of psychopaths weren't very accurate.

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Characters like Tommy Udo in the 1947 film "The Kiss of Death" and Cody Jarrett in "White Heat" (1949) played to people's misunderstanding that "genre villains," such as gangsters or mad scientists, typified psychopathy.

"They were often caricatured as sadistic, unpredictable, sexually depraved, and emotionally unstable with a compulsion to engage in random violence, murders, and destruction," the team wrote, "usually presenting with a series of bizarre mannerisms, such as giggling, laughing, or facial tics, often creating famous and unreal characters."

For decades, slasher films reigned as the ultimate (false) display of psychopathy.

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Films like "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" delivered a brand-new take on the cinematic psychopath. But Leistedt and his colleagues argued in their report that Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees aren't psychopaths.

"In these slasher films," they wrote, "psychopathic characters are generally unrealistic, accumulating many traits and characteristics, such as sadism, intelligence, and the ability to predict the plan that the future victims will use to escape. Today, these are more iconic popular evil representations of fictional killers than of interesting psychopaths."

Female psychopaths are just as rare in film as in the real world.

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Out of the 126 psychopaths in the team's sample, only 21 were female.

Typically, those characters fit a similar mold, often serving "as scheming manipulators whose main weapons are sexual," the research team wrote. Examples of such female psychopaths in film include Hedra Carlson in "Single White Female" and Catherine Tramell in "Basic Instinct" — both of whom use men's sexual desires against them to dangerous degrees.

Characters such as Annie Wilkes in "Misery" and Rachel Phelps in "Major League" are among the few exceptions to that rule.

Some of the most famous "psychopaths" didn't make the cut.

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Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho," Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street," Norman Bates in "Psycho," and Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs" are all entertaining and frightening. But Leistedt and his team said their character traits don't quite fit the psychopath mold.

"In our specific topic of interest, it appears that psychopathy in the cinema, despite a real clinical evolution, remains fictional," the authors wrote. "Most of the psychopathic villains in popular fiction resemble international and universal boogeyman, almost as 'villain archetypes.'"

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Google has its good and bad points, just like everyone else.  I try other browsers and they just want to make things too complicated, and/or change terminology, causing confusion.  I have to admit, Google Chrome is user friendly.  Personally, I think a major problem is the number of people using the Internet, which slows down servers.  Oh well.  Life in these times.

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