These are top 10 careers in which you are most likely to meet a psychopath.
If your idea of a psychopath is a disturbed killer, wandering the streets at night, deciding on who his next murder victim is going to be, you might be surprised. Psychopaths live in today’s society. They hold down jobs, have relationships and families. Your next-door neighbour could be one, your boss, or even your partner.
What is a psychopath?
Psychopaths are classified as having no emotions or conscience and lack empathy. They are regarded as cold-hearted, manipulative and often act amorally to benefit themselves. Psychopaths are said to have ‘killer instincts’, whether they kill or not.
So how do these set of characteristics translate into employment?
Well, surprisingly, some jobs actually require certain psychopathic tendencies. These so-called killer instincts can be extremely useful in some roles. When you consider that psychopaths tend to be risk seekers, impulsive and fearless, you can see how these qualities might be desirable in certain jobs.
Kevin Dutton, research psychologist at the University of Oxford and author, has spent years studying the psychopathic brain and has compiled a list of the jobs in which you are most likely to meet a psychopath.
Here are his top 10 careers:
What better career than the head of a company where you are beholden to no one but yourself? You have absolute control and power over your employees and can fire at will without remorse, treat your workers with disdain and yet have no one to answer to. It is not surprising that CEOs are first on our list of the top ten careers with the most psychopaths.
Tell a joke about a lawyer and it will rely on the punchline depicting them as liars or cheaters. Basically, a lawyer will do anything to get his or her client off the charge and this involves turning on the charm at a second’s notice.
3. MEDIA (TELEVISION/RADIO)
You have to think that you are pretty important to work in television or on the radio and who other than a psychopath with deeply held narcissistic tendencies? Of course, not everyone on TV and radio is a psychopath, but if someone starts showing diva characteristics, then watch out.
Salespeople have to sell you a product without actually caring if you need it or not. Those who do care whether you are wasting your money will never make their targets, but those who don’t, who have psychopathic tendencies, would sell you anything to get ahead in the game.
Unsurprisingly, surgeons make the list as they make the difference between your loved one living or dying, it is practically Godlike, and they know it. In fact, many surgeons say that showing emotion gets in the way of them performing well, as they operate as a cold, emotionless machine, and showing emotion would slow them down.
Telling people your own opinions and expecting them to listen and take it as fact makes you pretty narcissistic. You also have to be charming and intelligent with it, three factors that are known to be associated with psychopathy.
Just the fact of seeing your name in a newspaper is enough to stroke the ego of someone who doesn’t have psychopathic tendencies, so imagine what it does to those who have?
7. POLICE OFFICER
Being in a position of power, where you are literally the law, is like nectar to a bee where the psychopath is concerned. They can get away with everything as they have a badge to hide behind and no one would believe it even if they were reported.
This is another area in which the weight of the church can hide a psychopath in its midst. Psychopaths are drawn to establishments where they can hide in plain sight, and abuse their victims where they have the sheer vastness of the organization to back them up, should it be needed.
It takes a hard character to work in a pressurized environment such as a professional kitchen. Psychopaths can exist here because they get on with the task in hand, do not care about their colleagues, they just want the job done to their high, exacting specifications.
10. CIVIL SERVANTS
If you cannot imagine the typically timid civil servant going off on a psychopathic rage, cast your minds back to British serial killer and civil servant Dennis Nilson who killed at least 12 young men. Also, remember Dennis Rader, or otherwise known as BTK, was a civil servant and murdered 10 people. Being employed in civil servant roles allows psychopaths to hide in plain sight and no be noticed.
Is your job on the above top 10 careers list? Do you think that you have met a psychopath in your workplace?