Are psychopaths born or made?
Is it not true we are all born with the tendencies in mind? While some of us express our more ‘flamboyant’ personalities more than others is the case not we are all psychopathic in some way.
Realistically, all of us tilt on the edge of delving into madness, and Lewis Carroll wrote that “we’re all mad here.” Ordinary people get to express their madness through acting where a person can manipulate their personality into what they want.
So how does a ‘non-psychopath’ attempt to become one? We can see these in popular pop-culture films, with The Joker a primary character in DC. Actors portrayals of this iconic fiend in recent years have lead to them literally becoming this man.
Heath Ledger, who played the role in 2008’s The Dark Knight, locked himself in a hotel room for several months experimenting with voices while forming his ‘Joker Diary’ in which he kept in it things he believed The Joker would find funny including blind babies, geniuses with brain damage, and.. sombreros. For Ledger to have thought these things up with no help, surely he must have had those psychopathic thoughts in place already?
Ledger himself said: “I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath – someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts.” If Ledger can ‘land’ himself in this state is it not true that as a supposed non-psycho he clearly has some sort of tendencies and needed the opportunity to express this.
In Jared Leto’s case, who portrayed Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, as a method actor he never broke character on set so he essentially almost lived as a psychopath for several months. Leto himself said: “I took a pretty deep dive.” Leto also spent time with actual psychopath as preparation for the role and primarily spent time alone listening to gospel music from the 1920’s and reading literature on shamanism. While it could be argued that every person, psychopath or not is different, Leto still did things psychopaths commonly do, such as spending all his time alone, and experimented in stuff psychos might do such as the shamanism- all things to do with the spirit world.
So we can see here that if we put our minds to it we can accomplish anything, even if it means being a psychopath. And it is actually true that we as ordinary people all have five ordinary psychopathic traits we may or may not use. Let’s examine them and compare them to the Joker.
Being Charming: Most people are capable of being this way, some more than others. Perhaps there are those that would charm to get their way in casual things such as school work and copying. In relation to Leto’s Joker specifically, he manages to charm Margot Robbie’s Harleen Quinzel so much she falls in love with him.
Having No Remorse: This is one true trait of a psychopath, and something a surprising amount of people feel. There are varying levels, but there are some who bawl their eyes out at the death of a pet, whereas others (including myself ironically) accept it easily and move on.
Arrogance: Perhaps something we all really do share is arrogance. A psychopathic trait is being arrogant, so for all those people who think they’re the best be warned!
Take Big Risks: Those who take big risks are apparently part psycho too! The adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers start to shift in their seats.
Master Manipulators: Maybe similar to charming in a sense, those who are expert manipulators are straight on their way to becoming a fully fledged crazy person.
So if you look at it in everyday terms, is it not true we are all psychopaths? How well do you relate to those traits, as even I share some aspects of them. Perhaps not all of us are willing to jump from the high dive to delve into the madness of acting a character such as the Joker, but we all balance on that edge. Who will fall off?