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The Jobs With The Most Psychopaths
AOL Jobs ^ | January 2, 2013 | Dan Fastenberg

Posted on 01/09/2013 9:50:00 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Have you ever experienced the feeling at work that everyone around you is unstable? That you're the only level-headed worker in a workplace populated by colleagues whose fits and outbursts are unpredictable, or even psychopathic?

The experience might be common to many workers, but according to a recent book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, certain fields are more likely to attract actual psychopaths than others. The book by Oxford psychologist Kevin Dutton argues that "a number of psychopathic attributes [are] actually more common in business leaders than in so-called disturbed criminals -- attributes such as superficial charm, egocentricity, persuasiveness, lack of empathy, independence, and focus."

In a post about the book, author and Huffington Post blogger Eric Barker says that professions with high rates of psychopaths "offer power and many require an ability to make objective, clinical decisions divorced from feelings." Conversely, those fields 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?

Highest Rates of Psychopathy:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police Officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil Servant...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: anotherstudy; junkscience; pseudoscience; psychology; top10; touchyfeely; workplace
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1 posted on 01/09/2013 9:50:07 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
9. Chef

I think that's too low on the list. And I'm personally offended by it. ;)

/johnny

2 posted on 01/09/2013 9:51:49 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Journalists are so bad they had to list them twice.

Then again ... I’m an attorney.

SnakeDoc


3 posted on 01/09/2013 9:52:04 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Come and take it.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

No realtors?

Then again, they are salescritters...

Nevermind...


4 posted on 01/09/2013 9:53:28 AM PST by LadyBuck (Strangeways, here we come....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Admin Moderator


5 posted on 01/09/2013 9:54:24 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Civil Servant Soetoro


6 posted on 01/09/2013 9:55:24 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Post Office?


7 posted on 01/09/2013 9:56:14 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Based on my experiences and what I’ve seen, I’d say this list is accurate. CEOs and police are the worst kinds of psychos, because people have to listen to them!


8 posted on 01/09/2013 9:56:19 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Therapist is on the list of lowest rates of psychopathy? Most therapists go into therapy to try to figure out what's wrong with themselves.

Creative artist is also on the lowest rates list. I strongly disagree with that one.

Just personal experience.

9 posted on 01/09/2013 9:56:26 AM PST by real saxophonist (I show my friends my 1911. I show my enemies my Glock.)
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To: freedomlover

Ooooo, you’re gonna get it. lol


10 posted on 01/09/2013 9:58:22 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

10. Civil Servant...

=government employee should be 2nd only to the media as No 1


11 posted on 01/09/2013 9:58:26 AM PST by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lowest Rates of Psychopathy:

1. Care Aide
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautician/Stylist
6. Charity Worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative Artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant

I disagree with these lists. I currently work with a psychopath under heavy meds. He is an engineer with 2 degrees and 2 decades of charity work. I’ve known numerous teachers whom I suspect of being mentally ill. One of the most famous murder cases in TX was perpetrated by a doctor. How about all those “angels of death” found in the nursing profession? How about the crazy artists?


12 posted on 01/09/2013 9:58:44 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I see Civil Servant, but what about Politician? Seems to me that that group holds an awful lot of psychopaths.


13 posted on 01/09/2013 9:59:00 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How can the list not include politicians?


14 posted on 01/09/2013 10:02:43 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: Mastador1
I see Civil Servant, but what about Politician? Seems to me that that group holds an awful lot of psychopaths.

Amen.

15 posted on 01/09/2013 10:03:07 AM PST by null and void (Avg # victims per incident, if shooter stopped by armed civilian: 3, if stopped by a policeman: 14)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santa Claus would be top of list. Naughty/nice list, children in fear,-talk about power.


16 posted on 01/09/2013 10:05:34 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The most psychopaths per square foot are found among the actors and actresses in Hollywood Calif. Self-administered legal drugs and the illegal kind abound. There is no party without a pile of cocaine on the table.


17 posted on 01/09/2013 10:05:43 AM PST by Rapscallion (Obama is America's first tyrant....president in name only - PINO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"How about all those “angels of death” found in the nursing profession? How about the crazy artists?"

How about the environmentalist psychos who work their way into planning departments across the land? I think as an industry government would easily top the list.

18 posted on 01/09/2013 10:07:21 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: real saxophonist

I’d put womens studies instructors near the top of the list, followed closely by women who are rejected by women’s ministry graduate programs. Knew one such woman who couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t accepted. She was the only person who couldn’t figure it out.


19 posted on 01/09/2013 10:08:12 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds as if the entire book, not just the lists, are a pile of Bravo Sierra.


20 posted on 01/09/2013 10:09:20 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Baynative
How can the list not include politicians?

They are on the top of the list of narcissists.

21 posted on 01/09/2013 10:11:22 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Environmentalist

I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems. — John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs. — John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

The extinction of the human species may not only be inevitable but a good thing….This is not to say that the rise of human civilization is insignificant, but there is no way of showing that it will be much help to the world in the long run. — Economist editorial

We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity’s sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight — David Foreman, Earth First!

Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental. — Dave Forman, Founder of Earth First!

If radical environmentalists were to invent a disease to bring human populations back to sanity, it would probably be something like AIDS — Earth First! Newsletter

Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, is not as important as a wild and healthy planets…Some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along. — David Graber, biologist, National Park Service

The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans. — Dr. Reed F. Noss, The Wildlands Project

If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels. — Prince Phillip, World Wildlife Fund

Cannibalism is a “radical but realistic solution to the problem of overpopulation.” — Lyall Watson, The Financial Times, 15 July 1995


22 posted on 01/09/2013 10:11:40 AM PST by artichokegrower
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve filled 4 of the 10 positions....

The little voices in my head are really angry at you for posting this!!!!


23 posted on 01/09/2013 10:12:08 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Disagree ‘care aide’ or nurse’s aide should be #1.
My mom is an RN and she says she’s met a large number of nurse’s aides who seem unbalanced/lacking in principles.
She says she has met very few nurses that are not decent people.
Aides are not screened as well as nurses, either.


24 posted on 01/09/2013 10:12:20 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Civil Servant” isn’t a job: the term simply identifies the employer. The employee could be anything from a typist to an astronaut (speaking of psychopaths ...).


25 posted on 01/09/2013 10:15:47 AM PST by Tax-chick (Please explain how my being in a fuss would help the situation.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It said low levels not none at all. Many people with this recognize the issue and consciously do things to counteract those tendencies ( very crafty ).


26 posted on 01/09/2013 10:17:38 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: nevergore; 2ndDivisionVet

Another academic trying to undermine your confidence in reality.


27 posted on 01/09/2013 10:18:23 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Based on the food network, chefs should be number 1.


28 posted on 01/09/2013 10:20:48 AM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; a fool in paradise

What about psychopathologists?! Sheesh!


29 posted on 01/09/2013 10:21:20 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Mastador1

Politicians are mostly lawyers.


30 posted on 01/09/2013 10:25:40 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: miss marmelstein
Based on my experience in kitchens across the world, I would have guessed 4 or 5 at least. Maybe it's the burnout/death rate keeping the numbers down. ;)

/johnny

31 posted on 01/09/2013 10:26:46 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Gordon Ramsey alone should place it higher!


32 posted on 01/09/2013 10:28:30 AM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Raycpa

“Santa Claus would be top of list. Naughty/nice list, children in fear,-talk about power.”

Not to mention he sees you when you’re sleeping and he knows when you’re awake. Pretty creepy when you think about it...


33 posted on 01/09/2013 10:29:09 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some cultures are destined to remain stupid and we need to quit trying to uplift them.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

1. Current president
2. presidential Czars
3. (a tie for third) politicians, asshat moonbat LIBs, DIMs and uninformed voters


34 posted on 01/09/2013 10:29:31 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“CEO’s are all Psychopaths” just fits the current media/Leftist template too conveniently.


35 posted on 01/09/2013 10:29:59 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Zeneta
"Another academic trying to undermine your confidence in reality. "

I now live under Obama rule....

I have no confidence in my reality....

36 posted on 01/09/2013 10:30:31 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: nevergore

I can attest to psychos in TV/media. At the PBS station I worked at for a number of years, they were in key positions and protected. All they did was to come up with asinine rules and cry like little children (literally).


37 posted on 01/09/2013 10:32:47 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: nevergore

John 8:32

New International Version (NIV)

32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


38 posted on 01/09/2013 10:34:04 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: freedomlover
Admin Moderator

LOLOLOLOL!!! {^)

Excellent!

39 posted on 01/09/2013 10:36:39 AM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Politicians are mostly lawyers.

When lawyer-hunting is legal, a bonus side-effect is that for every three lawyers you bag, you're bound to get one politician, on average.

40 posted on 01/09/2013 10:38:11 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: KoRn
Based on my experiences and what I’ve seen, I’d say this list is accurate. CEOs and police are the worst kinds of psychos, because people have to listen to them!

It's alright, We told you what to dream.

41 posted on 01/09/2013 10:39:25 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Mastador1

GMTA!


42 posted on 01/09/2013 10:41:59 AM PST by antidisestablishment (Our people perish through lack of wisdom, but they are content in their ignorance.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I think that's too low on the list.

Quality over quantity, Johnny. 10 crazy chefs is not as impressive as one really batsh!t nuts chef who dices his entire staff with a butcher knife because they used Velveeta instead of Gruyere and then rides down Niagara falls nekkid in a giant soup tureen whilst singing "Achey Breaky Heart".

I didn't know you liked Country music...

43 posted on 01/09/2013 10:42:06 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: freedomlover

IBTZ! (But not before the coffee ran out my nose)


44 posted on 01/09/2013 10:49:12 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How many murdering CEOs are then on rampage or serial killing?

Lawyers can be paid to represent any side in an argument so principles can go out the window. Especially when it comes to personal advancement and needs.


45 posted on 01/09/2013 10:55:50 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I notice that psychiatrist and psychologist did not make the list. Several in that avenue HAVE gone on rampage in recent years. And some enter that line of study to figure out what is wrong with themselves.


46 posted on 01/09/2013 10:58:46 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Also, I didn’t see “actor” on that list. Many mentally screwed up people in that profession. Murders and users among them.


47 posted on 01/09/2013 11:00:05 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Rapscallion
The most psychopaths per square foot are found among the actors and actresses in Hollywood Calif. Self-administered legal drugs and the illegal kind abound. There is no party without a pile of cocaine on the table.

Running starkstruck girls through the casting couch with false dreams of advancement, sometimes ending in accidental death and murder with full studio coverup.

No, no psychopaths in Hollyweird.

48 posted on 01/09/2013 11:04:32 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

It seems that,

“Unemployed”

Should be at the top.


49 posted on 01/09/2013 11:05:03 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: artichokegrower
Environmentalist

Period dot BINGO.

They advocate ZERO population growth. Are against farming and development or even, as you point out, eradication of viruses.

They deliberately conspire to kill/main/injure the masses who reject their worldview.

50 posted on 01/09/2013 11:11:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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