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“There is no evidence that we've been placed on this planet to be especially happy or especially normal. And in fact our unhappiness and our strangeness, our anxieties and compulsions, those least fashionable aspects of our personalities, are quite often what lead us to do rather interesting things.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“‎I have panicked unnecessarily in all four corners of the globe.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“Suddenly, madness was everywhere, and I was determined to learn about the impact it had on the way society evolves. I've always believed society to be a fundamentally rational thing, but what if it isn't? What if it is built on insanity?”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“But we know that people are complicated and have a mixture of flaws and talents and sins. So why do we pretend that we don’t?”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“I wondered if sometimes the difference between a psychopath in Broadmoor and a psychopath on Wall Street was the luck of being born into a stable, rich family.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“We are defining the boundaries of normality by tearing apart the people outside it.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“At the end of our conversation she (Martha Stout) turned to address you, the reader. She said if you're beginning to feel worried that you may be a psychopath, if you recognize some of those traits in yourself, if you're feeling a creeping anxiety about it, that means you are not one.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“We were creating a world where the smartest way to survive is to be bland.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“Friends are the fruitcake of life - some nutty, some soaked in alcohol, some sweet.”
Jon Ronson
“There is nothing I dislike more in the world than people who care more about ideology than they do about people.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“A life had been ruined. What was it for: just some social media drama? I think our natural disposition as humans is to plod along until we get old and stop. But with social media, we’ve created a stage for constant artificial high drama. Every day a new person emerges as a magnificent hero or a sickening villain. It’s all very sweeping, and not the way we actually are as people.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“I suppose it’s no surprise that we feel the need to dehumanize the people we hurt—before, during, or after the hurting occurs. But it always comes as a surprise. In psychology it’s known as cognitive dissonance. It’s the idea that it feels stressful and painful for us to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time (like the idea that we’re kind people and the idea that we’ve just destroyed someone). And so to ease the pain we create illusory ways to justify our contradictory behavior.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“I heard a story about her once,' said James. 'She was interviewing a psychopath. She showed him a picture of a frightened face and asked him to identify the emotion. He said he didn't know what the emotion was but it was the face people pulled just before he killed them.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“Psychopaths [make] the world go around...society [is] an expression of that particular sort of madness...I've always believed society to be a fundamentally rational thing, but what if it isn't? What if it is built on insanity?”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“Feeling no remorse must be a blessing when all you have are your memories”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“Most goat-related military activity is still highly classified.”
Jon Ronson, The Men Who Stare at Goats
“We see ourselves as nonconformist, but I think all of this is creating a more conformist, conservative age.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“Oh, you know what bloggers are like, they write and write and write. I don't know why, because they're not being paid.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“The DSM-IV-TR is a 943-page textbook published by the American Psychiatric Association that sells for $99...There are currently 374 mental disorders. I bought the book...and leafed through it...I closed the manual. "I wonder if I've got any of the 374 mental disorders," I thought. I opened the manual again. And instantly diagnosed myself with twelve different ones.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“We journalists love writing about eccentrics. We hate writing about impenetrable, boring people. It makes us look bad: the duller the interviewee, the duller the prose. If you want to get away with wielding true, malevolent power, be boring.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“We’re creating a culture where people feel constantly surveilled, where people are afraid to be themselves.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“That's an incredibly depressing thought," I said "that if you're in a room and at one end lies madness and at the other end lies sanity it is human nature to veer towards the madness end.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“Trying to prove you’re not a psychopath is even harder than trying to prove you’re not mentally ill,’ said Tony.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“We aren't all good people just trying to do good. Some of us are psychopaths. And psychopaths are to blame for this brutal, mis-shapen society.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“[W]e all care deeply about things that seem totally inconsequential to other people. We all carry around with us the flotsam and jetsam of perceived humiliations that actually mean nothing. We are a mass of vulnerabilities, and who knows what will trigger them?”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“If you want to get away with wielding true, malevolent power, be boring.”
Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
“I suppose that when shamings are delivered like remotely administered drone strikes nobody needs to think about how ferocious our collective power might be.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“As somebody back then wrote, “Facebook is where you lie to your friends, Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“[W]e need to think twice about raining down vengeance and anger as our default position.”
Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed

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