The 10 professions with the most psychopaths

Psychologist Kevin Dutton of Oxford University's Department of Experimental Psychology has conducted the 'Great British Psychopath Survey' and has discovered the top ten professions with the most psychopaths.

The list includes some professions which totally make sense, and some which must be some kind of dastardly mistake (Journalist, what do you mean?).

1. CEO

2. Lawyer

3. Media (TV/Radio)

4. Salesperson

5. Surgeon

6. Journalist (Oi, BACK OFF)

7. Police Officer

8. Clergyperson

9. Chef

10. Civil Servant


Many of these jobs make sense, given the traits of psychopathy include being self-confident, egocentric, fearless, cold-hearted and charming. In addition these are all traits which we often associate with success. This doesn't mean that the successful are all unhinged, nor that the unsuccessful can blame their lack of psychopathy for their failures.

If they did that, they'd be dead wrong. A study in the Journal of Business Ethics has found that although psychopaths may be in high paying professions, such as CEO or lawyer, they are often less successful at these jobs than their colleagues. They tend to earn less money and their relationships will also be less successful.

Nevertheless, if you work in any of these professions, take a look around you. If you don't see any psychopaths, maybe that means it's you...

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