While we may all believe that a psychopath wears a hockey mask and wields a chainsaw or a machete, the Journal of Forensic Sciences believe that a person diagnosed with ‘psychopathy’, lacks empathy, has little remorse, and is impulsive and manipulative.
The study, uhhm, studied 126 movie characters and analysed which were the most realistic psychopaths, according to the clinical definition. Anton Chigurh from ‘No Country for Old Men’ was analysed as a realistic psychopath.
The study reads:
‘Anton Chigurh is a well-designed prototypical idiopathic/primary psychopath. We lack information concerning his childhood, but there are sufficient arguments and detailed information about his behavior in the film to obtain a diagnosis of active, primary, idiopathic psychopathy, incapacity for love, absence of shame or remorse, lack of psychological insight, inability to learn from past experience, cold-blooded attitude, ruthlessness, total determination, and lack of empathy. He seems to be affectively invulnerable and resistant to any form of emotion or humanity’.
Other accurate psychopaths in movies were Henry from ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’, Gordon Gekko from ‘Wall Street’, and George Harvey from ‘The Lovely Bones’.
Via Mind Hacks