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The psychopath next door
November 16, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
How many psychopaths do you encounter in a typical day?
Psychopaths aren't necessarily psycho murderers like Hannibal Lector or Red John on "The Mentalist". Apparently, they are out and about in daily life and you have probably met more than your share. Psychopaths have great self confidence, little fear, lack empathy, don't feel guilt, are egotistical, are manipulative, demonstrate thrill seeking behavior and can be petty criminals, according to an article in The Week. The article can be found at http://theweek.com/article/index/251957/which-professions-have-the-most-psychopaths
Sadly, journalism is one of the 10 top career choices for psychopaths, though I don't think I have encountered one in my line of work. I also don't think I'd qualify as a psychopath since I can manage to feel guilty and responsible for things great and small that I did 30 years ago. Your average psychopath would assume it must be someone else's fault.
Other common career choices for psychopaths include CEO, lawyer, TV or radio media person, salesperson, surgeon, police officer, clergyperson, chef and civil servant. Quite a list, isn't it? It does make you wonder a bit about what the folks on Wall Street and in Congress are up to.
Psychopaths are less drawn to being care aides, nurses, therapists, craftspersons, beauticians, charity workers, teachers, creative artists, doctors or accountants. I would assume psychos are less interested in those fields because most of them involve interacting with and helping people and don't provide a lot of opportunities to control and manipulate and gain power over people.
And accounting is probably just too boring for excitement seekers.
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