Which Professions Have The Most Psychopaths?

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Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#1 Nov 7, 2012
First a Definition:

"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.

Top Ten List:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (TV/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police Officer

8. Clergyperson

9. Chef
10.Civil Servant

And the next thing that comes to mind is: Why?

Most of the professions on the right require human connection, dealing with feelings and most of them don't offer much power. Psychopaths, by their very nature, would not be drawn to or very good at these things.

On the other hand, most of the roles on the left do offer power and many require an ability to make objective, clinical decisions divorced from feelings. Psychopaths would be drawn to these roles and thrive there.

That said...

Chef? Really? I guess it pays to tread lightly around anyone who has a set of knives bearing their initials."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-barker/whi...
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Lowell, MA

#2 Nov 11, 2012
My guess would be TV evangelists. To go to work day after day spewing what you have to know is complete bullsh*t, taking money from the poor and vulnerable to support a lavish lifestyle requires that one have absolutely no conscience or shame whatsoever.

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Since: Jan 11

In the macro world.

#3 Nov 11, 2012
Postal management.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#4 Nov 11, 2012
I have been interested in the idea of identifying psychopathic traits in children. One study seemed to determine with a surprising degree of accuracy the chances of any given 15-year-old ending up with a prison sentence.
From:
http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/200/3/175
Psychopathy is not included in either of the main classification systems (ICD-10 or DSM-IV). Research has now extended the concept of psychopathy to childhood and has produced evidence that it is meaningfully distinct from antisocial behaviour. It is proposed that psychopathy should be accepted as a meaningful diagnosis in childhood.
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Since: Sep 10

Earth

#5 Nov 14, 2012
MrDesoto1 wrote:
First a Definition:
"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.
Top Ten List:
1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (TV/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police Officer
8. Clergyperson
9. Chef
10.Civil Servant
And the next thing that comes to mind is: Why?
Most of the professions on the right require human connection, dealing with feelings and most of them don't offer much power. Psychopaths, by their very nature, would not be drawn to or very good at these things.
On the other hand, most of the roles on the left do offer power and many require an ability to make objective, clinical decisions divorced from feelings. Psychopaths would be drawn to these roles and thrive there.
That said...
Chef? Really? I guess it pays to tread lightly around anyone who has a set of knives bearing their initials."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-barker/whi...
I knew that CEOs, pigs, pederast priests and lawyers would be on the list because they don't care about the effects of their decisions upon others, and they are power trippers.

Some of them are surprises, but not after you think about them (e.g. chefs, civil servants, surgeons) because they are as narcissistic as others listed (e.g. media, journalists).

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