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One in 25 business leaders ‘could be a psychopath’

As many as one in 25 company bosses could be a psychopath, according to a new study.
By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent
9/2/2011/7:30 A.M. BST

Psychopaths are defined by their lack of moral instincts, but many are able to hide this by a natural ability to charm and manipulate both their seniors and subordinates.

While some psychopaths are outwardly aggressive and destructive, factors like a happy upbringing can help others to mimic colleagues and fit in at work.

The capacity of the ‘successful psychopath’ to identify and outwardly display the qualities corporate leaders admire helps them climb the career ladder quickly despite being poor managers.

This makes it virtually impossible to tell the difference between a psychopath and a genuinely good boss, leading psychologists said in a BBC Horizon programme to be screened on Wednesday.

Paul Babiak, a New York psychologist, said: “Psychopaths really aren’t the kind of person you think they are … you could be living with or married to one for 20 years or more and not know that person is a psychopath.

“Part of the problem is that the very things we’re looking for in our leaders, the psychopath can easily mimic.

“Their natural tendency is to be charming. Take that charm and couch it in the right business language and it sounds like charismatic leadership”.

Prof Bob Hare of the University of British Columbia in Canada said as many as one in 100 Americans have some psychopathic characteristics.

He added: “A psychopath can actually put themselves in your skin, intellectually not emotionally.

“What this allows them to do is use words to manipulate and con and to interact with you without the baggage of feeling your pain.” – More here

“Could be psychopaths”? More like 9 in 2 humans is a chronically arrogant and illogical and 10 in 1 are stupid and 20 in 3 are ignorant (obviously with blame to spread around, going all the way back to the first sinner, Satan, who was also the first narcissist and psychopath).

More Information:

The Signs of a Narcissist, Sociopath and Psychopath

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