Do you work with a psychopath?

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‘Psychopath’, or its abbreviated form ‘psycho’, is a word which long-ago made its way into the flippant repertoire of the armchair observer cum psychiatrist – ‘Mary drank my milk – what a psycho’, or ‘Ted never paid me back for lunch – how psychotic’.

Yet psychopathy is a genuine mental condition, and according to a new book, there are a number of professions which attract more than their fair share. In The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, author Kevin Dutton identified the 10 most likely, and least likely, jobs where psychos are likely to be found.

Top jobs for psychopaths:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (TV/radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergyperson
9. Chef
10. Civil servant

Least likely professions for psychopaths:

1. Care aide
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautician/Stylist
6. Charity worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant

The list of the professions in which psycho’s thrive reflects the ruthless character traits needed to stay in the business, and ability to perform under acute stress. The book said psychopaths are drawn to and thrive in roles where people need the ability to make “objective, clinical decisions divorced from feelings”, Business Insider reported.

On the list of professions least likely to attract psychopaths, behaviours such as empathy and human interaction are more noticeably needed.

 

  • Maria Melo on 2012-11-20 11:39:53 AM

    Corporate psychopaths will destroy your organization. Quite often by the time the damage has been identified, the organization has sustained serious reprecussion, (i.e. lawsuits, fraud, etc.).

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