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10 professions most and least likely to employ psychopaths


We all love to stereotype certain professions no matter how open-minded we claim to be, as any lawyer or postal worker will tell you, but when it comes to psychopathic personality traits, some jobs claim more than their fair share of the crazy pie, according to Kevin Dutton in his book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.

As described by Wikipedia, a person with the personality disorder of psychopathy displays traits of:

… shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial char, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality.

Most of these traits aren’t the ones our culture teaches in kindergarten along with the ABC’s, yet a cursory look at the list below shows we don’t necessarily punish these tendencies at payday, with some exceptions.


So, what can we learn from psychopaths? We’ll just have to check out the book and see.

Full story at Barking Up The Wrong Tree.

The psychology of success.

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  • Anonymous

    this is scary