Are you working with a bunch of psychos? Certain fields attract more psychopaths than others. Now, we’re not talking about cold-blooded killer psycho but there are certain personality traits that seemingly-normal people have that can also be attributed to those who are mentally unstable.
That’s according to the book “The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.” And certain careers are more likely to attract those psychopaths than others.
Psychologist Kevin Dutton wrote the book – and he says, some psychopathic attributes are actually more common in business leaders than in disturbed criminals. Things like superficial charm, egocentricity, persuasiveness, lack of empathy, independence, and focus. And professions with high rates of psychos tend to offer power and require an ability to make objective, clinical decisions without remorse or empathy. On the opposite end of the spectrum, careers with relatively few psychopaths require human connection, dealing with feelings, and most of them don't offer much power.
So what were the kinds of jobs most likely to attract psychopaths, and those least likely?
The top 5 careers for psychos are:
3. Media – radio and television
And the top profession for psychos is: CEO.
Why do psychos make such good CEOs? Because they’re unemotional, and programmed to be 100 percent in-charge. And it doesn’t matter if they’re plotting a crime, or a business takeover, they’ll use brutal methods to achieve their goal and eliminate anyone in their way.
So which professions have the lowest rates of psychos?
5. Stylist / Beautician
1. Healthcare worker