The "successful psychopaths" at work

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Psychopaths are self-confident, charming and care-free, as well as cold-hearted, manipulative and lacking empathy. Sound like anyone you work with?

A survey from psychologist Kevin Dutton indicates there is a split in which professions attract psychopaths, and some of the results are a little surprising.

While most of us could guess that CEO, lawyer and surgeon would make the list, clergyperson, civil servant and journalist are more surprising. As for the professions with the least psychopaths, many health and care professions make the list including doctors (other than surgeons), nurses and therapists.

The good news is that while psychopaths are best known as killers in TV shows and movies (indeed, up to 25% of inmates are psychopaths) many people with psychopathic tendencies are quite successful in their lives. While some psychopathic tendencies could be considered useful, overall most psychopaths have fewer successful relationships, earn less money and do not reach senior positions.

Most 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 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


  • Oliver A. Gauld-Galliers on 11/12/2013 10:07:26 a.m.

    Tell that to any foster dumping ground kid, disabled person or abandoned elderly person.
    With that being said, which specific factor psychopathy were they testing? There are different types, and with different traits.

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