The Careers with High Proportion of Success Psychopaths
According to Kevin Dutton, a British psychologist and writer, there are ten careers which have the highest numbers of psychopaths:
- Police officer
- Civil servant
On the other hand, a study from Australia shows that one in five corporate executives are psychopaths.
This sounds scary. So how to spot a psychopath at the workplace?
Checklist 1: Egocentric / Narcissistic
The psychopaths see themselves as the centre of everything. They always like to justify things in their own rules, even though people do not agree with them. It is because they believe they are very important.
Checklist 2: Lack of responsibility
When the psychopaths say they will do something, it does not mean that they actually will do the tasks. According to Hare, “Obligations and commitments mean nothing to psychopaths. Their good intentions are promises written on the wind.”
Checklist 3: Control Freak
The psychopaths like to move people around or have unnecessary rearrangements of the workplaces. It is because they want to micro-manage or control and manipulate other people. So they are attracted to certain positions where they can influence others.
At the workplace, senior management is the best place for the psychopaths to practice such behaviour.
(The scary thing: They can even monitor employees’ toilet breaks.)
Checklist 4: Charming
Psychopaths can be very clever. They are good at making first impressions.
They know well the value of turning on the charm at the early stage and then slowly turning it off. Their ultimate goal is to make you doubt yourself and feel less valuable at the workplace.
Checklist 5: Great Acting Skills
The psychopaths are the best and brilliant actors in the workplace. They can act scared, surprised, or sorry in order to control other people if it can help them in different situations.
If someone at the workplace who has an extreme emotion then quickly returns to normal, you might need to think whether this person really feels anything at all.
Checklist 6: Dishonesty
Have you often experienced your employer by “misunderstandings”, “wrong assumptions”, “false starts”?
The psychopaths often start lying about everything, and they do not know when to stop. Unlike others, they do not care if someone notices their lies. It is because they can lie to cover up.
Checklist 7: Unrealistic Long Term Goal
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