Psychology

Insanely Dangerous

Insanely Dangerous

In January 2004, Niels hijacked a train while police and a TV crew was on the spot. Though they quickly found out that this was not just a story about a hijacking. It was, instead, the story of a psychotic man not getting proper care and the ways that his madness had taken over. During the last 20 years in Denmark (from documentary age), the number of mentally ill people committing crimes has q

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In The Shadow Of Feeling

This film explores what it is that makes children develop into adult psychopaths. We often picture psychopaths as criminals and murderers but this is not always the case, a psychopath is essentially an individual who lacks empathy or the ability to feel remorse. They can however perfectly mimic the visual aspects of such emotions but rarely feel them internally. We consider psychopaths to be so

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I, Psychopath

I, Psychopath

Psychopaths… we usually only know them from Hollywood movies. We never expect them to enter our real life. But, the psychopath is closer than you think. Experts believe their number to be as high as one in a hundred. Most of them function incognito in high-powered professions…all the way to the very top. But… it takes one to truly know one. In this intriguing documentary, Sam Vaknin, a self-pro

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I Woke Up Gay

I Woke Up Gay

In the small town of Ystrad Mynach, South Wales, seven years ago, a 19-stone rugby-playing ladies man and bank clerk Chris Birch snapped his neck while larking around doing somersaults and backflips with his friends. As the tabloids excitedly revealed a while ago, he suffered a massive stroke and woke up as a completely different person, a person who happened to be gay. It's well-documented tha

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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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Hunt For The Unabomber

Inside a primitive cabin located in Lincoln, Montana, one man declared war on the world, provoking the greatest manhunt in the history of the United States. From 1978 to 1996 he created explosive devices, destroyed lives and threatened a nation, how was it that one man managed to evade capture for almost two decades? Nobody in their right mind expected to find a man who had a PhD in mathematics

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How Violent Are You?

What makes ordinary people commit extreme acts of violence? In a thought-provoking and disturbing journey, Michael Portillo investigates one of the darker sides of human nature. He discovers what it is like to inflict pain and is driven to the edge of violence himself in an extreme sleep deprivation study. He meets men for whom violence has become an addiction and ultimately discovers that each of

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How To Sleep Better?

How To Sleep Better?

Presented by Robert Winston, How to Sleep Better is a practical guide to the world of sleep. The programme explores the common problems, dangers and the mysteries that have puzzled scientists for years. One in five motorway accidents are attributed to a lack of sleep, which was also a contributory factor in disasters such as Chernobyl and the Challenger shuttle explosion. This programme look

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How to Make Better Decisions

We are bad at making decisions. According to science, our decisions are based on oversimplification, laziness and prejudice. And that's assuming that we haven't already been hijacked by our surroundings or led astray by our subconscious! Featuring exclusive footage of experiments that show how our choices can be confounded by temperature, warped by post-rationalisation and even manipulated by t

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