The mysterious and often dangerous world of psychopaths is something that many of us have wondered about from time to time. But beyond our curiosity and fascination, few of us are aware of just how much psychopaths can influence our lives. The documentary ‘Equinox’ reveals the truth behind these enigmatic individuals and takes an in-depth look into their mindsets, behaviours, consequences, and potential treatments.
Psychopaths have long been associated with extreme violence and criminal activity; however this is largely based on misconceptions. While it’s true that some psychopaths do commit violent crimes, not all criminals are psychopathic, nor are all psychopaths criminals. In fact, psychopaths come from a variety of backgrounds and can often be successful in competitive professions. Despite this, they are known for lacking empathy or remorse for their actions — traits commonly shared among those who cause great destruction despite their seemingly normal demeanour outside of antisocial behaviour.
In Britain alone, one person in 200 is likely to be a psychotic — yet they account for nearly half of all reported crimes and between 15-20% of the prison population. The programme looks at the most recent research into the brains and behaviour of psychopaths and assesses the prospects for treatment or containment for this group of people who create so much destruction. You get to hear first hand accounts from convicted psychopathic criminals as they explain their motivations for committing such heinous acts without shame or guilt.
To gain further insight into understanding psychopathy, psychologists have developed a specialised assessment called ‘The Psychopathy Checklist’. During an interview process individuals are evaluated on a scale from 0-40 based on certain character traits such as callousness, charm, lack of empathy etc (for more detail see How to recognise a psychopath). Anyone scoring higher than 26 is considered to be clinically diagnosed as being a psychopath.
By watching ‘Equinox’, you will gain greater insight into this abnormal psychology which still has so many questions surrounding it today — including how best to treat it or otherwise contain it before leading to more destruction? This thought provoking documentary will leave you questioning what makes us human in comparison to those who lack our emotional spectrum — why some feel
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