Choosing to be Evil

Several years ago, after a Halloween marathon of the Lecter films, I got into an argument with my friends over whether or not psychopaths are born or created. Though many excellent points were made on all sides, my opinion was that you can’t excuse bad behavior through abuse, because that doesn't vindicate the crimes perpetrated …

The Unpredictable Me

There’s a moment in an episode of Hannibal where his therapist says, “You’re wearing a very well tailored person suit… more of a human veil.” She admires its “meticulous construction,” but it is a constant reminder that he isn’t completely honest with her, and the version of Hannibal she sees isn’t the truth. I wear …

When INTJs Go Bad… Hannibal Lecter

Let’s talk about the most infamous INTJ in literature and film… Hannibal Lecter, the calm, calculating psychopath-turned-serial-killer in the books by Thomas Harris. A successful psychologist, in the books we meet him already behind bars, serving a life sentence for his crimes… in Brian Fuller’s television series, he’s not yet been caught, and the entire …