Psychology

The Secret Life of Elliot Rodger

On May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, California, a young man named Elliot Rodger took it upon himself to kill 6 people and injure 14 more near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, before turning a gun on himself and taking his own life.   In this "20/20" special we take a closer look at how Elliot came to commit such crimes and for the first time we hear his father speak ou

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Chazz Petrella: The Boy Who Should Have Lived

Having grown up in Cobourg, Ontario, with a loving family which included four older siblings, Chazz Petrella seemed to have an idyllic childhood. He was big into skateboarding and sports in general, like any other child his age he could often be found attempting various daredevil stunts with his best friend, he was full of joy and energy. However once he started school Chazz's teachers started rep

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How Narcissists Took Over the World

These days it would appear that narcissists or narcissistic tendencies are becoming more and more common place in society as we know it. A certain element of this has been attributed to the fact that many media outlets have diagnosed Donald Trump with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a disorder which has overtaken 'psychopath' and 'bipolar' in becoming the number one label to describe psychologi

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An Interview With Arthur Shawcross

Sullivan Correctional Facility located just outside Fallsburg, New York State, is a maximum security prison notorious for being home to some of Americas most violent criminals, one such criminal is Arthur John Shawcross. Shawcross has murdered 11 women and is currently serving a 250 year prison sentence, his case has raised some serious questions regarding the cause of extreme violence and what

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I Think We’re Alone Now

Many celebrities these days have to deal with their fare share of fans who take it that bit further than the rest and become obsessed. I Think We're Alone Now is a film which explores such obsession by introducing us to Jeff and Kelly, two individuals who claim to be in love with 80's pop singer Tiffany. Jeff Turner is a 50 year old man from Santa Cruz, California, diagnosed with Asperger's syn

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Inside Tourette Syndrome

Inside Tourette Syndrome is a film which explores the disorder in great detail, it was produced by Rick Fowler who himself has Tourette's. Fowler's main goal in creating this documentary was to help raise awareness by creating a better understanding of what life is like for someone who lives with the disorder. The film takes us on an extremely interesting trip through the history of Tourette's an

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The Lying Game: The Crimes That Fooled Britain

Ian Huntley, Stuart Hazell, Mitchell Quy and Karen Matthews are some of the notorious criminals of recent years, all convicted for different crimes but all with one thing in common, they all lied on camera about the crimes they themselves had committed. In this ITV special the lies of these criminals who managed to briefly fool Britain are put under the microscope whilst three of the nations top f

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Boy Interrupted

Boy Interrupted

Boy Interrupted is a HBO film that examines the life of Evan Perry a 15 year old boy from New York who took his own life in 2005. This film which was made by his parents Dana and Hart looks at how Evan's bipolar disorder and depression consumed him and affected his family. Mental illness was something that ran in Evan's family; his uncle had also committed suicide at a young age, just 21. Evan

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The Power of the Placebo

Are they miracle pills? in theory they should't have any affect on us what so ever. Placebos can come in any shape or size and they contain no active ingredient but rather are a medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the recipient. Typically in medical research, placebos are given as control treatments and depend on the use of measured suggesti

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