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5 Ways To Tell You’re Definitely Living With A Psychopath

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There’s a good chance that you know a psychopath, and not the unmistakable maniacs with severed head collections in their fishtanks, or even that one guy who sucks his teeth like Hannibal Lector in your ear while you’re waiting for the bus. It’s your girlfriend; your husband; the love of your life; the childhood friend you know inside-out, or even that painfully arrogant guy at work whose mere presence conjures a whirlwind of disgusting swearwords in your head.

Could those close to you possibly be clinical psychopaths? Surely not… but then, how do you Really know?

According to Jon Ronson, author of ‘The Psychopath Test’, one out of every 100 people walking around are psychopaths, meaning they have a deformity in their amygdala (the bit that controls key emotions like fear and guilt.) Only twenty-five percent of the prison population make up the psychopathic community,
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'Frances Ha' review - Edinburgh Film Festival 2013

'Frances Ha' review - Edinburgh Film Festival 2013
Director: Noah Baumbach; Screenwriters: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig; Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver Running time: 86 mins

Frances Ha, an early standout from the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival, deserves to be discussed and dissected. For Greta Gerwig's central character provides such a compelling portrayal of personality disorder encased within a movie whose tone seamlessly shifts between magical and melancholy. Until a misguided last act that relies too much on melodrama and contrivance, it's sublime and packed with amusing and sexually candid dialogue.

Shot in glorious black and white by The Squid and the Whale auteur Noah Baumbach, Frances Ha revolves around the fortunes of Gerwig's deluded dancer Frances as she clumsily tries to navigate that awkward transitional phase in the mid-'20s. It's a time when the harsh realities of adulthood kick in as the bank balance dwindles, the best friend moves on to new pastures and the
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The secret terrors of caravanning

How childhood camping and a trip to the Keswick pencil museum helped the star write a top new British horror movie

It's 1pm on a Wednesday, and the cafes of Bethnal Green Road are rammed. Which is all well and good if you want cheap pasta and East End ambience, but ruinous for dictaphone chinwags. Somehow, Alice Lowe still manages to spot a dining establishment utterly devoid of character, and, indeed, customers. During the 90 minutes we spend in there, it's just us. Which is perfect for a discussion about murder.

The juxtaposition of the humdrum and the grisly is apt. Sightseers, British director Ben Wheatley's third and funniest film (after the less chucklesome horrors of Down Terrace and Kill List), finds a downtrodden couple enjoying a revelatory first holiday together, a caravanning trip where barbaric violence tracks their rapidly developing relationship. Think Nuts In May meets Badlands, although comparisons
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Management coach Phil Hayes on Horrible Bosses

Of the three bosses in this film, Spacey's character is by far the most realistic, says management coach Phil Hayes

The title of this film is pretty accurate. Colin Farrell plays a complete train wreck of a boss – on drugs, sleeping with prostitutes. Jennifer Aniston is a nymphomaniac dentist, and Kevin Spacey is a psychopath who likes nothing more than tormenting his employees.

Of the three, Spacey's character is by far the most realistic; you do get bosses with real psychopathic tendencies. According to Robert Hare's "psychopathy checklist", about 1% of the population are psychopaths. A good number of those seem to have made their way into management.

These are people who see their employees as victims, prey to their desires. Spacey's character, for instance, makes his employee work hideously hard for a promotion he then awards himself. I once had a boss like that: he would play power games,
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