The Imp of the Perverse


"Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (1935) Illustrated by Arthur Rackham/Wikimedia Commons

In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a tale about a man overcome by the compulsion to confess to the heinous crime he sought to keep secret. The conundrum pops up in other Poe tales as well, but the so called “Imp of the Perverse” also invades the human mind with alarming regularity. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe attempt to understand just why, considering Freud, neuroscience, Ironic Process Theory and more.

Topics in this Podcast: psychology, neuroscience, human condition