*I received complimentary tickets to this talk however was under no obligation to write a review
Have you ever wondered if you are a psychopath? Judging by some of the cheese dreams I have on a regular basis, it’s crossed my own mind more than once. I’m also one of those people who loves a crime documentary, so when Crime expert and all round favourite person of mine Cheish Merryweather did a live interactive talk; Inside the Mind of Psychopaths, a few weeks ago, I knew I would be front row. Well, on my sofa in my living room, where you can usually find me at least.
Of course, there’s always a worry with these things that if you’re too honest about whether you think you might actually be a psychopath, you might not like the answer. However if you do score high on the psychopathy scale (and hopefully you’ve never committed a violent crime!) then you might actually be a ‘Good Psychopath’. According to Dr. Kevin Dutton, an Oxford University psychologist and leading researcher in psychopathy, some psychopathic traits can lead to a more successful life. After all, having a charismatic, charming, and fearless personality doesn’t sound so bad. He also maintains that other traits such as impulsivity, lack of empathy, and ruthlessness can also be beneficial. Statistically, you will find most ‘Good Psychopaths’ at the very top of the corporate ladder; roughly 4% to 12% of CEOs exhibit psychopathic traits, and the most popular career choices for psychopaths are CEO, attorney, media personality, and salesperson. So, if you fall under any of those categories, something for the email signature?
Cheish hosted the 2-hour online talk and put my cheese dreams to the test. Crime Viral’s founder was the perfect host, striking the right balance between informative, engaging and funny, which, if you’ve ever seen her on Twitter, won’t come as a surprise to you. During the talk, audience members were given a series of three psychology tests based on expert research and then received an overall score which could be shared in the live chat – if you dared.
During the UK tour we enjoyed for the first few months of last year, the final half of the talk I go through ‘How To Spot A Psychopath’. So many people would come to me at the end and ask if I thought THEY were a psychopath. It’s really fascinating how genuinely intrigued we are about discovering the dark side of our nature.
Also covered was ‘How To Spot A Psychopath’ ‘What Does A Psychopaths Brain Look Like?’ and ‘Psychopaths in Film – how right does Hollywood get psychopathy?’
Of course this kind of thing used to be live and in person, in fact, talks hosted in the super atmospheric Castle Keep in Newcastle used to sell out within hours of going on sale. But thanks to the old little pandemic Cheish has had to take the show off the road on online instead.
The next talk ‘Inside the minds of kids who kill’ is Sunday 11th April 2021 and tickets are still available via this link:
And if you fancy 25% off your ticket, feel free to use the code ‘honestlyhelen’
Are serial killers born or made? Genetics, environment, trauma, and personality all played a part in these shocking crimes comitted at the hands of children. During this 2-hour live online talk, we will be taking an in depth look at these following tragic cases:
- Mary Bell
- Eric Smith
- Lionel Tate
- Caril Ann Fugate
- James Gordon Wolcott
As with the last talk, expect quizzes, polls, and a Q&A session! (Recommended age: 18+)
I’ll be there, and watching out for any warning signs in any small people I happen to come into contact with going forward!