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I, Psychopath (2009)

Sam Vaknin, a twice-diagnosed narcissist, travels across Europe with his wife, Lidija Rangelovska and the Australian documentary film director Ian Walker in search of a diagnosis: is he ... See full summary »

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Sam Vaknin Sam Vaknin ... Self
Lidija Rangelovska Lidija Rangelovska ... Lidija Rangelovska
Robert Hare Robert Hare ... Scientific Consultant
Natasha Mitchell Natasha Mitchell ... Science Narrator
Phoebe Plasto ... Chloe
Christine Kirkman Christine Kirkman ... Christine Kirkman
Niels Birbaumer Niels Birbaumer ... Niels Birbaumer
Adrian Raine Adrian Raine ... Adrian Raine
Angela S. Book Angela S. Book ... Angela S. Book
Belinda Board Belinda Board ... Belinda Board
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Alexander James Alexander James ... Andrew
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Sam Vaknin, a twice-diagnosed narcissist, travels across Europe with his wife, Lidija Rangelovska and the Australian documentary film director Ian Walker in search of a diagnosis: is he also a psychopath? Numerous tests latest - PCL-R and MRI included - the answer is a definite maybe. Written by Schmezl

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An absolutely ludicrous treatment of a fascinating human condition
25 March 2010 | by sacbuttSee all my reviews

I would expect that "I, Psychopath" will take it's rightful place in the annals of scarumentary (crockumentary?) next to " Reefer Madness" sometime in the coming decade or so.

OK, slightly (ever so) less lurid than the latter. (The score of '5' reflects it's entertainment value only)

But Please. A director incapable of setting limits on his subject? Who is this "documentary" about?

"For months afterwards, bits of Sam's taunts come back to haunt me"?

What actually WAS the point of this 30 minutes-that-I-shall-never-retrieve? (Yes, I DID miss the first 30 minutes, thankfully) But really, is this a "beware, they're out there"?

Or a "they live and they wonder about their life" (If so, we-e-e-ll, has Big Brother not already done this to death?? AND been taken off the airwaves?!)kinda effort?

Or is this a self serving rehash of a-a-all those times that the mean boys were, well, mean, dressed up as a sycophantic attempt to capture a sound byte and be able to essentialise and dismiss as 'pathology' a complex interaction between the aberrant self (cos Vaknin = not a your most stable of tables) as 'self being viewed' by 'self assuming a nonjudgemental-but-nonetheless-emotionally-involved- stance'

And what fresh hell is this?? Espousing the diagnostic test "PCL whatnot" as a definitive measure of Is He a Psychopath? Gaaaah! Strewth, what next, Phrenology as the Next Big Thing?

Ech. Tiresome stuff. Pass me the librium, slap that whinging director, tell that silly man Vaknin "No, not allowed", his wife maybe to get some help with her self esteem issues and shame on you, ABC, for screening this programme without a "park your credulity here" disclaimer.


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25 March 2010 (Australia) See more »

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