The top 10 jobs that attract psychopaths



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26 Nov 2012, 1:00 pm

Very good article - some of these professions that attract psychopaths come as no surpise (lawyer, CEO, police officer) but others like chef kind of make you wonder!! also, about the lawyer stereotype, I always did kind of wonder that being a lawyer requires intellect and psychopaths are of average intelligence (IQ) - clearly it's their super-high street smarts that propel them in the post as unethnical as their practices are!! ! still, I have met a couple of psychopaths in my life who were of moderate intellect and would not have made good lawyers, they did various salesperson jobs after being fired from one to the next. I always thought Aspies would make good lawyers due to their positive traits, but I can easily see a psychopath sabotaging one of them out of the job, even getting him disbarred, due to the naive trust inherent. So, look at the list, maybe it will give you insights on what to avoid:

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26 Nov 2012, 1:27 pm

Surgeon?? That's not very comforting to know! 8O


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26 Nov 2012, 3:45 pm

Psychopaths often hate authority figures, and because of this they crave control. Whether it is personal control over others, such as CEO or lawyer or politician, or something where they can imitate strength and power, like a journalist or a celebrity, they need constant stimulation. A psychopath always needs to be kept busy, unlike Asperger's, where constant boredom can be self-cured. A job like 'secretary' would be the worst kind for a psychopath, because not only is it strictly subordinate, there isn't constant stimulation. Sure, there is a lot of work to be done, but it isn't the same thing. I'm not quite sure how to explain what I mean though.



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26 Nov 2012, 6:46 pm

I am not really suprized here.



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27 Nov 2012, 9:20 am

Generals like General Butt Naked https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRuSS0iiFyo&



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27 Nov 2012, 9:57 am

politician should be high on this list



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27 Nov 2012, 11:01 am

I used to work in a TV station control room and I could believe the Chief Executive there was a psychopath.


Also, anyone click the test? I got just 9 out of 33.


Some questions were borderline for me. Like would I like to drive fast cars, go on roller coasters, or jump out of an airplane. I'm not a fan of roller coasters that much and I don't want to jump out of a plane, but I would enjoy driving a fast car.



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27 Nov 2012, 9:46 pm

Somehow I don't think military would be one profession where you'd find many of them. As odd as that might seem at first glance and considering the demeanour of the commanding officers. My rationale is that in the military, you've got to start out as a private and you don't have much room to manipulate or intimidate the drill sergeant - it will be too humbling an experience for a psychopath.

I can totally see clergy in there - organized religion has long been hijacked and corrupted by psychopaths wanting to exert their will on the masses or manipulate children into heinous acts for the clergyman's warped jollies. Don't get me wrong, I really like the notion of a church that espouses values of Christianity and such, but like I said, such institutions get subverted by the unsavoury.



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28 Nov 2012, 12:35 am

VIDEODROME wrote:

Also, anyone click the test? I got just 9 out of 33.

Scored a 2 out of 33.

But it seems society puts a value on those with the tendencies shown on the test.



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28 Nov 2012, 1:47 am

ghoti wrote:
But it seems society puts a value on those with the tendencies shown on the test.

You better believe it! Businesses reward psycho/sociopaths because it's modeled after one! They make good managers too because they can whip the peons with no empathy or mercy.



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28 Nov 2012, 9:14 pm

BlueMax wrote:
ghoti wrote:
But it seems society puts a value on those with the tendencies shown on the test.

You better believe it! Businesses reward psycho/sociopaths because it's modeled after one! They make good managers too because they can whip the peons with no empathy or mercy.


Not to be annoying, but the reverse is true: Psychopaths are modeled after businesses. They are the personification of industrial inefficiency.



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30 Nov 2012, 8:14 pm

I would think executioner would be number one, but then again, that job isn't very needed these days, or very often.


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01 Dec 2012, 8:14 am

Psychopaths, 'Dark' Personalities Better At Making Themselves Look Attractive, Study Suggests.
A study led by Nicholas Holtzman and Michael Strube at Washington University in St. Louis found that people with personality traits known as the "Dark Triad" -- narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy -- were better than others at using clothing, makeup and hairstyles to make themselves look attractive, Scientific American reported

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01 Dec 2012, 11:34 am

DoodleDoo wrote:
Psychopaths, 'Dark' Personalities Better At Making Themselves Look Attractive, Study Suggests.
A study led by Nicholas Holtzman and Michael Strube at Washington University in St. Louis found that people with personality traits known as the "Dark Triad" -- narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy -- were better than others at using clothing, makeup and hairstyles to make themselves look attractive, Scientific American reported

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I'm much better at making myself look attractive than I used to be, precisely because I'm more self-absorbed and vain than I used to be. Makes sense the more I think about it.

I'm never going to be a psychopath though.



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01 Dec 2012, 2:09 pm

DoodleDoo wrote:
Psychopaths, 'Dark' Personalities Better At Making Themselves Look Attractive, Study Suggests.
A study led by Nicholas Holtzman and Michael Strube at Washington University in St. Louis found that people with personality traits known as the "Dark Triad" -- narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy -- were better than others at using clothing, makeup and hairstyles to make themselves look attractive, Scientific American reported


Interesting... we're training girls to become this by buying them these gawddamn "BRATZ" dolls and their ilk! At least Barbie was a doctor, etc. These new dolls have zero depth - they consist of makeup, fashion, dating cute boys and becoming rock stars. :evil: *barf*



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