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Breaking News: 10 Careers With The Most Psychopaths – who do you think tops the list?

Author Kevin Dutton, a research psychologist at the University of Oxford, has studied the psychopathic brain extensively and has compiled a list of the jobs most likely to attract and foster the psychopathic personality. 



Psychopaths aren’t necessarily axe murderers, the clinical diagnosis refers to those who have shallow emotions or who lack empathy and guilt, are coldhearted, superficial, manipulative, impulsive or irresponsible. And with that definition, it seems the corporate world has its fair share.

According to Dutton, psychopathic traits are most likely in the following ten careers

1. CEO
Study after study suggests that 4 percent of them—four times as many people as in the general population—qualify as psychopaths. The characteristics that define psychopathy, “being [a] risk seeker, impulsive and fearless,” also help entrepreneurs lead and succeed.

2. Lawyer
Almost every joke about lawyers relies on the stereotype that they are, essentially, psychopaths: liars and cheats, bereft of morals, obsessed with profiteering at any cost. Dutton’s research found lawyers landed second only to CEOs in the number of psychopaths in their ranks.

3. Media (television/radio)
This one seems like kind of a no-brainer. Is it any surprise that the sort of person who might imagine herself so important that everyone should be exposed to her, is a person who might have some narcissistic tendencies?

4. Salesperson
A study done in 200 found that superior sales performance was associated with higher levels of narcissism (egocentric and grandiose), sociopathy and cognitive empathy.”

5. Surgeon
Interestingly, while doctor and nurse made the list of careers with the fewest psychopaths, surgeons were among the most psychopathic. A psychoanalyst recounted a conversation with an anonymous neurosurgeon who makes the callousness of psychopathy sound like just what the, uh, surgeon ordered, sayin, “I have no compassion for those whom I operate on…. In the theater I am reborn: as a cold, heartless machine, totally at one with scalpel, drill and saw.

6. Journalist
Freelance writer Jeff Cash wrote that, “a hint of psychopathy is actually a prerequisite for public purpose journalism.”

7. Police officer
In an era where police abuse and brutality is a topic of national discourse like never before, much has already been written about the psychological profiles of police officers.

8. Clergy
The Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal has cost the church a whole bunch of money and left a nasty stain on it's reputation.

9. Chef
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Gordon Ramsay (not exactly the picture of sanity) said, “Chefs are nutters. They’re all self-obsessed, delicate, dainty, insecure little souls and absolute psychopaths. Every last one of them.” And boy, would he ever know.

10. Civil servants
There’s certainly power in certain civil service roles, which psychopaths single-mindedly crave, and the ability to make other people’s lives hell.

(Taken from an article by Jade Small who writes forThe Open Mind).

Have you spotted the psycho in your workplace?

Stay away!


Have a safe day.

JOHN - MD THINKINGHR