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Psychopaths: The Invisible Enemy

79 minutes 8.5/10 based on 17 votes

The ancient Chinese said ‘a fish stinks from the head’. Is that true? Is the answer to our questions about society really that simple? Narrated by award-winning actor Peter Coyote, this film takes a provocative look at certain societal tendencies and tries to explore what could be wrong with people who are in power.

Since it is generally acknowledged that society is shaped like a pyramid, this means that the few individuals at the top are the ones creating the environment for the rest that are at the bottom. But what do we really know about people who are in power? We trust our lives to them, but do we really know them?

We know two things for sure: their decisions affect millions and some of them are simply not the nicest people on the planet. This would suggest that, in light of such catastrophes as the 2008 financial meltdown, the world’s politicians and bankers and business leaders, often considered society’s elites, have failed miserably in their given roles.  People were just getting on with their lives when this crisis hit them suddenly. It all happened so fast that it shocked everybody. In a matter of weeks people lost their homes, their jobs, their life savings, and their lifestyle. Is it possible that these world leaders are actually psychopaths?

In their book ‘Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to Work’, industrial psychologist Paul Babiak and Psychopathy expert Robert D. Hare present the provocative concept of the ‘corporate psychopath.’ According to Robert Hare, a psychopath is a person who doesn’t have a conscience. This is not because he or she doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to understand the difference between right and wrong, but because the emotional connection with thoughts is absent. This individual would show lack of empathy, lack of concern for other people, and the ability to look at other people as mere objects. They tend to be egotistical, self-centered, and lack remorse for the things they have done to hurt other people. They manipulate and deceive people for their own benefit. Most psychopaths don’t look evil, because they are out to con people. Hence they are charming and likeable.

This sounds like an accurate description of many world leaders. Could this mean a threat to global stability?

Filmmakers Misha Votruba and Vaclav Dejcmar set out to investigate the rotten odor that permeates society. Watch this film now.

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  • Archall

    Worth watching!

  • John

    1st Half – Psychopathy and Sociopathy is more pervasive in our culture and is the root of our current problems.
    2nd Half – Call to action, the responsibility to “change” things is yours. Moral empathy is the solution to a more harmonious society (and hopefully change the practices of those in power and world by extension?)

    A mix of artistic film making with some basic, basic pop psychology.

  • dorisP

    Great film, gets really to the bottom of it…. the root of all evil situations and circumstances we currently deal with ranging from GMOs to the destruction of our habitat, contamination of food and water., wars, initiated by a few psychopaths that are sick to the bone..

  • ivonne

    Having studied the narcissistic sociopath since 2013 this documentary is so on target.

  • Emily Hunt

    SSRIs are beneficial to people who actually have mental illness, but for people who don’t, it’s dangerous. Question the authority.

  • Jeremy Petersen

    Fantastic and insightful documentary, but whomever the editor was needs to be shot, revived, then attacked by wolves then set on fire. The freezes just after each individual interview begins, the constant flashing of fish whetever else randomly flashes on the screen… These and other ‘artistic’ editing techniques absolutely shocked me in just how annoying they were and how irrationally irritated they made me.

    Please go and take your free spiritied expressionism and apply it somewhere it is appreciated like and arthouse film or something, docos need only to be informative and captivating.

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