Psychologist: Leaders Are Four Times as Likely as the Average Person to Be Psychopaths

A study by psychologist Paul Babiak indicates that one in twenty-five leaders could be a psychopath. This affliction could actually be an advantage in a workplace:

The survey suggests psychopaths are actually poor managerial performers but are adept at climbing the corporate ladder because they can cover up their weaknesses by subtly charming superiors and subordinates.

This makes it almost impossible to distinguish between a genuinely talented team leader and a psychopath, Babiak said. Hare told Horizon: "The higher the psychopathy, the better they looked – lots of charisma and they talk a good line.


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Armchair theory: a society made up entirely of psychopaths wouldn't work: it would self destruct. Psychopaths can only flourish if they have others to exploit. A bit like vampires: they need humans to survive so they can't exterminate them completely.

If you have a group of friends and one of them turns out to be a psychopath who fucks everybody over he will sooner or later be expelled from the group. Extrapolate this to society in general and that's the reason society today is not made up entirely of psychopaths.

Today however we have a problem. Corporations and banks are getting so huge they often have more money and power than whole countries combined, they are ruling the world. And they are run by psychopaths. The psychopaths are winning and we can't get rid of them anymore.

This might self-correct at some point in the future but in the mean time we are all fucked.
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Actually, you get a more accurate picture comparing them to Machiavellianism. Which is sort of the Sadistic underpinnings of Socipathy and Psychopathy. Which can really be understood in the context of severe trauma causing a psychic schism that alienates the individual from their emotions (consequently empathy) and orients them toward a quantifiable empiricism, such that people are like numbers to them, not like people, more like statistics.
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