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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Professions psychopaths are drawn to:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (specifically TV and radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergyperson
9. Chef
10. Civil Servant

I have been working as a journalist most of my life. I can honestly say that the media in general really do attract antisocial people of all kinds. I have a personal experience from working with three sociopaths. I donīt think they were full-blown psychopaths, as psychopaths are even rarer to be found than sociopaths, and there are subtle differences between these two groups. But it was interesting that all of them were women, not men. Funny, because itīs proclaimed that this personality disorder is more frequent (4:1) among men than women.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoftKitty wrote:
I have a personal experience from working with three sociopaths. I donīt think they were full-blown psychopaths, as psychopaths are even rarer to be found than sociopaths, and there are subtle differences between these two groups. But it was interesting that all of them were women, not men. Funny, because itīs proclaimed that this personality disorder is more frequent (4:1) among men than women.


That's been my experience as well... I've known at least 6 female sociopaths, only one male. Ironically, because they don't use physical force, their actions are not only legal but actually ADMIRED by both corporations and feminists alike. Powaaaahhhh!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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SoftKitty wrote:
I have a personal experience from working with three sociopaths. I donīt think they were full-blown psychopaths, as psychopaths are even rarer to be found than sociopaths, and there are subtle differences between these two groups. But it was interesting that all of them were women, not men. Funny, because itīs proclaimed that this personality disorder is more frequent (4:1) among men than women.


That's been my experience as well... I've known at least 6 female sociopaths, only one male. Ironically, because they don't use physical force, their actions are not only legal but actually ADMIRED by both corporations and feminists alike. Powaaaahhhh!!!


Exactly. It was like in The devil wears Prada.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, I'm surprised that clergy is on this list...yeah, sure, you might tend to think of pedophile priests as being psychopaths - but how do you explain the fact that being a clergyman pays very little, and psychopaths are highly attracted to MONEY, and lots and lots of it??!? With something like lawyer, CEO, or sales, they fulfill their obscene desire but not in church.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoftKitty wrote:
Professions psychopaths are drawn to:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (specifically TV and radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergyperson
9. Chef
10. Civil Servant

I have been working as a journalist most of my life. I can honestly say that the media in general really do attract antisocial people of all kinds. I have a personal experience from working with three sociopaths. I donīt think they were full-blown psychopaths, as psychopaths are even rarer to be found than sociopaths, and there are subtle differences between these two groups. But it was interesting that all of them were women, not men. Funny, because itīs proclaimed that this personality disorder is more frequent (4:1) among men than women.


Women are every bit as psychopathic as men-- probably worse. Men get noticed more often because they are likely to be brazen about it, whereas women are passive-aggressive with their psychopathy.

That's why I like hanging around with guys. If they're dangerous, I figure it out pretty quickly and avoid them. Women, I never realize what's going on until it's happened over and over and over again, and they've got their claws in so deep it's going to take intensive therapy to get them back out again.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BuyerBeware wrote:
SoftKitty wrote:
Professions psychopaths are drawn to:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (specifically TV and radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergyperson
9. Chef
10. Civil Servant

I have been working as a journalist most of my life. I can honestly say that the media in general really do attract antisocial people of all kinds. I have a personal experience from working with three sociopaths. I donīt think they were full-blown psychopaths, as psychopaths are even rarer to be found than sociopaths, and there are subtle differences between these two groups. But it was interesting that all of them were women, not men. Funny, because itīs proclaimed that this personality disorder is more frequent (4:1) among men than women.


Women are every bit as psychopathic as men-- probably worse. Men get noticed more often because they are likely to be brazen about it, whereas women are passive-aggressive with their psychopathy.

That's why I like hanging around with guys. If they're dangerous, I figure it out pretty quickly and avoid them. Women, I never realize what's going on until it's happened over and over and over again, and they've got their claws in so deep it's going to take intensive therapy to get them back out again.


Oh, do I EVER know what you mean!!! I had a female boss years ago who totally fit the psycho/passive-aggressive personality. Actually, I had the radar to pick up that something was off about her - I guess years of experience had to give me that ability rather than raw intuition earlier in life - but I still endured in that job for a year before I left for another non-toxic one. This psycho would ignore or trivialize my efforts, nit-pick, belittle, sabotage, make false or exaggerated complaints etc, all with a smile and under the guise that she was doing it for our mutual benefit. Everyone else appreciated my contributions and efforts at teamwork so I knew it wasn't my problem but she tried to make me feel it was.

All of which is to say, I tend to have my radar and suspicions on higher alert whenever dealing with a female manager...but keep that mindset to myself...I couldn't care if someone thinks that's not very politically correct of me. Mad
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of these jobs are positions of social authority and trust. It's probably not the job - it's the side benefits of the job that are attractive to sociopaths.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LKL wrote:
All of these jobs are positions of social authority and trust. It's probably not the job - it's the side benefits of the job that are attractive to sociopaths.


I am very glad that at least someone said clergy. It was long overdue, and would have been even more positive to those kind of abusive personalities in the past (Catholic priests!). Also consider jobs like mental health orderlies (all that power over people who can't speak out), teachers and overnight staff in remote boarding schools and so on.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LKL wrote:
All of these jobs are positions of social authority and trust. It's probably not the job - it's the side benefits of the job that are attractive to sociopaths.


Exactly. Even jobs like security guards, bouncers, police and low-to-mid management where they have the power to make people do what they say and harshly punish those who don't.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol doesn't surprise me at all.. but yea politician should be 1.. though Alex Jones popped into my head first when I was reading this Razz

btw got a 13 out of 33.. ha.. hey, manipulative powers can be useful... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LKL wrote:
All of these jobs are positions of social authority and trust. It's probably not the job - it's the side benefits of the job that are attractive to sociopaths.


Yeah, but sometimes I don't know about social authority being the only motivating factor - it is almost always coupled with money and prestige (or relative fame) and people don't earn a ton of money being a teacher (special ed or otherwise), or orderly or nursing functions or those "benevolent" professions where people ostensibly don't go into it for lucrative reasons. Same deal applies to clergy as I said earlier. Plus in those professions you have to report to a more stern authority like principal/headmaster or director or whatever which would not suit a psychopath well. Compared to sales or corporate finance or media jobs where they have more room to charm and con their way with authority. Just doesn't have the same office politics dynamics as the benevolent professions.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not everyone has the connections or resources to become a psycho/sociopathic doctor or lawyer, so they get the position they CAN and control people there.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My score was a 9 out of 33. Chefs are known to be tempermental and so are surgeons so it makes sense to some degree that these professions attract sociopaths. I do not mind a sociopathic surgeon if he happens to be a great surgeon and I would want to be his patient and not have to work with him. Same goes for a chef, I would like to eat food made by an excellent, but tempermental chef, but not have to work with him or for him/her.

Men are more direct that is true and women are often catty and sneakey, etc.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

9 out of 33 here, too. I can usually turn off my emotions in a stressful situation, at least until it's over; I pay for it later, though. And my morality doesn't lapse in the interim.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^
wtg you sound like the kind of stand-up guy i'd want in my corner, even as you'd be making tracks to get away from me Embarassed
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