Business Insider just released the jobs that most psychopaths call home. As clarification on the term, author Eric Barker says, “psychopath doesn’t just mean someone who cuts you up with a chainsaw — though the majority of people who do things like that are psychopaths….Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by 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.”
And, contrary to a past study we reported by the University of St. Gallen that said that stock market traders display similarities to certified psychopaths, hence American Psycho, that occupation actually didn’t make it onto the top 10 list provided by the recently published book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.
- Media (TV/Radio)
- Police Officer
- Civil Servant
So, if you work in the above relevant industries, you may not be wrong about your boss being psycho or your coworker actually being crazy.
Don’t forget CNBC’s report that coworkers who repeatedly backstab you, steal your ideas, get the same haircut as you, wear white after Labor Day and manipulate you may actually be psychotic. Believe it or not, there are about 3 million Americans or 1% of the population walking around (not in jail) that have psychopathic tendencies and they may be working in your office. Some of these are lower-level criminals but they are not as intelligent as their white collar counterparts. According to Former criminal profiler Gregg McCrary this type of psychopath should be considered high-functioning. Unlike lower-level criminals who might rob a bank and leave behind evidence, white collar psychopaths are much harder to catch. They’re intelligent, have great interpersonal skills, powerfully persuasive and able to disguise themselves very well aka they are your superstar coworker. “A psychopath’s approach to life is all about manipulation,” McCrary said. “They make great natural psychologists. They read people well and look at them and businesses as being there to serve their needs. They’re always assessing, “How can this particular job or person meet my needs? How can I exploit them?’” McCrary said.
The good news? If you work in these professions, pychopaths usually steer clear of them: Care Aide, Nurse, Therapist, Craftsperson, Beautician/Stylist, Charity Worker, Teacher, Creative Artist, Doctor, Accountant.