Notes

“Pop Psychology has killed the Villain”

At UnHerd, Dorian Lynskey writes about villains, pop psychology, backstory and corporate storytelling. “What Lumet and Chayefsky were really getting at with their rubber-ducky quip was the pretence that explaining everything is akin to psychological veracity. We are all shaped by our experiences, good and bad, but rarely in a clear or simple way. Psychotherapists don’t identify one essential turning point in a client’s life (‘Hmm, Dalmatians, you say?’) and then close the case. Sometimes, one can know every factor and still encounter a terrifying, unilluminable void at the heart of a personality.”

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