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12:46 AM on 11/15/2012
Journalist and Media person are higher up on the scale than Chef. Blogger has to fit in there somewhere.
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carledgar
Eschew the passive voice in breaking news stories
11:34 PM on 11/20/2012
bwa hahahahahaha
11:34 AM on 11/14/2012
So CEO's do top the list of psychopaths? Now I now that running a large scale business requires some degree of "craziness", but I really had no idea that one of the definitions for a CEO would be "psychopath"! Although thinking at the banking system and the way it has been established, well maybe there is some truth in it. And that sadly means that our lives are largely dependent on a bunch of psychopaths. Amen.
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Timothy Thocher
my doG looked in the mirror and saw God
11:28 AM on 11/15/2012
CEO's were obvious, look at these guys taking home tens of million dollars a year, multiple mansions, yachts, cars and planes, and whining because they may have to pay 3% more to help out those that are not billionaires. that is the very definition in the article
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Zariana
For SCIENCE!!!
08:45 PM on 11/13/2012
So if you were 6 of 10 professions on that list, you're probably a given?

Like CEO of Bain, Mormon Bishop, with a law degree, who sells himself as President, former civil servant in Mass., impersonated a police officer? Just an example of someone I know.
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Brace4impactz
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10:18 AM on 11/15/2012
Nicely done
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05:22 PM on 11/15/2012
Lies easily and with no fear of being caught....no sense of shame...
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Pho3n1xSun
stupidity is a disease
07:42 PM on 11/13/2012
let's see if I can guess some of these right:

CEO - Abusive, manipulative
Surgeon - God Complex
Caretaker - MSbP
Cop - Impulsiveness / criminality
Journalist - Shallow / parasitic
Lawyer - LACK OF EMPATHY
Media - Egocentricity (Rush Limbaugh) / irresponsibility
Clergyperson - LACK OF GUILT
Chef - Stress a.k.a Vindictive Housewife Syndrome (I'll Explain later)
Salesman - shallow / pushy/ irresponsibility
Civil Servant - stress
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kazenoya1
03:21 AM on 11/15/2012
Don't forget those who live off the system, have four kids from three baby daddies, smoke, drink and
and are unable to articulate in the QueensEnglish
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Olympic Gold Medalist in Spooning
10:20 AM on 11/15/2012
We haven't forgotten you.
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Timothy Thocher
my doG looked in the mirror and saw God
11:50 AM on 11/15/2012
we are americans so we dont "articulate" in the Queens English, we use north american english with many dialects. and to be factual, most federal and state welfare goes to White americans. I think bigots are also psychopaths, so you may want to check in with a therapist.
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vesalagolf
02:35 AM on 11/16/2012
Sounds like your guesses were all wrong. I hope you are able to cure your disease.
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Pho3n1xSun
stupidity is a disease
12:13 PM on 11/16/2012
considering you took time out of your supposedly busy schedule to tell me that, because for some reason in your mind,I wanted you to notice. I'll take your thoughtful words and throw them in the trash
07:15 PM on 11/13/2012
i knew foodies were nuts
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12:48 AM on 11/15/2012
That's a fowl canard!
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tploomis
I am a human bean.
04:32 PM on 11/13/2012
Just a point of clarification: there is no DSM IV psychiatric diagnosis of psychopathic personality disorder. The closest to it is antisocial personality disorder.
08:33 AM on 11/29/2012
I guess this is a new terminology to add to the ever increasing list.
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CielArdent9
01:04 PM on 11/13/2012
Not only do psychopaths work in professions that require making "objective, clinical decisions divorced from feelings", but the jobs are in very competitive, cut-throat industries. You have to be willing to destroy someone in order to move up the ladder, and psychopaths wouldn't have a problem doing so because they have no empathy and only think about themselves.

Also, if journalism attracts psychopaths, maybe that is why on-air reporters remain calm during major events such as 9/11 or Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Just a thought...
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vesalagolf
02:39 AM on 11/16/2012
I remember Anderson Cooper during Katrina. He was anything but calm. I thought he was going to breakdown a couple of times. He was very emotional. I guess that makes him sane or maybe he just hasn't lost it yet.
11:46 AM on 11/13/2012
What a minute!! Where's POLITICIAN?? Or, is that covered under Salesperson / Media Personality?
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stellaone23
12:33 AM on 11/14/2012
civil servant
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kazenoya1
03:22 AM on 11/15/2012
but when do politicians serve the people, really
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marysheepdog70
It's always something.
01:44 PM on 11/15/2012
Usually that's covered under lawyer...seems most are always lawyers who want to be elected to something.
10:14 AM on 11/13/2012
I'm curious as to the difference between psychopathy and sociopathy. This definition seems to be closer to what I understood sociopathy was -- particularly the lack of empathy.

That being said. in response to Blarg about the 9/11 -- there is a bid difference between people who follow charismatic sociopaths, and the sociopaths themselves. Followers tend to get caught up in the charisma of the leader during a particularly stressful time in their lives -- it could be after a divorce, after a job loss, or after you move away from home. Bin Laden's followers could be anyone going through these transition times.
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andvoodoo2
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09:55 AM on 11/13/2012
I was married to one. A CEO, incredibly attractive, charming, compassionate APPEARING and manipulative, sneaky and dangerous. I survived 2 attempts on my life that I know of. I'm a lawyer.
07:25 AM on 11/13/2012
This conversation highlights our contention that the term narcissism is currently so widely used that it is in danger of becoming no more than a superficial label for most people. It would appear the same goes for the term psychopath. And, as the Salamanders contend, you can’t do very much with a label, you have to dig deeper. And when you do, you’ll very likely discover that it’s not narcissism – or psychopathy - per se that is the problem. One of the commentariat here reminds us the world needs strong, dominating individuals and that is so true. But when the assertive part of our personality turns parasitic, when it turns into a Narcissus Parasite, that’s when things become dangerous. For all of us. That’s when all the other parts of our personality are pushed aside and can no longer can do their balancing work. Psychopathy comes with this unbalanced personality.

Surely we need the part of our personality that cares about rules for making our co-existence beside other humans possible? Or the part that has entrepreneurial patience strong enough to build things that last? Or the part that can reach out and step into the shoes of others? Is it possible that Kevin Dutton’s book misses the all-important point about balance?

In these tense and highly charged days, it may be wise to learn to identify those individuals run by the Narcissus Parasite, Psychopaths or not, specially when they are running for public office or leading our corporations.
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Leboazz
12:42 PM on 11/13/2012
It may be that power corrupts, and as power approaches the absolute, it corrupts absolutely. We may all be capable of becoming megalomaniacal dictators if we were put into positions of great power. It may be the position that changes the person.
08:41 AM on 11/29/2012
They should be required to take very grueling psychological testing before they are allowed to even apply or run for a certain position.
03:29 AM on 11/13/2012
I would add landlords to the list on the left. (at least mine) lol
05:42 PM on 11/13/2012
Word.
02:20 AM on 11/13/2012
Civil servant is weirdly broad. I don't think it makes too much sense simply because it's too broad to define.
02:10 AM on 11/13/2012
I think Anthony Bourdain would probably be among the first to agree about chefs.
02:08 AM on 11/13/2012
A large percentage of the 9/11 conspirators were engineers. That's not unusual for terrorist cells. The theory I've seen broached is that they tend to think very linearly and in terms of inviolable absolutes, and apply those same behavioral and thinking tendencies toward social values and interactions. Ideas can progress to extremes when people think they have unquestionable knowledge and understanding, and even extreme actions can seem natural and develop quickly when people think a flawless understanding has led to a perfect solution.

Unfortunately, moral judgment, our responsibilities toward others in the world, and life in general are not problems answerable with the simplicity of equations. Which makes believing that they are ... all the more compelling for people who lack a sense of control and whose coping mechanisms are especially limited, simple and linear.
12:15 PM on 11/15/2012
I'm not sure I would term the conspirators psychopaths - though most do tend to be weak on empathy and social communication skills. I'm more inclined to say that the average engineer is more likely to be Aspergers-like - strong introversion and intuitive characteristics, dedicated, perceptive. Most "psychopaths" or "sociopaths" are on the other end of the specturm - strong extroversion, judgmental, strongly developed consciousness (highly "me" oriented). A psychopath, ironically, would never kill themselves to achieve a goal, though they may take their life if their constructed mask is forced off. That's not to say that an engineer couldn't or wouldn't commit a murder, and if they did they would likely do it in a calculated, meticulous fashion, but that's because that's how they approach everything in life. The difference is that the narcissist CEO would generally do what they do because they want to advance their own social position (there's that "me" again) whereas the engineer would do it because of curiosity, or because he felt it needed to be done.

This is also the distinction with serial killers. Most serial killers kill because they either get enjoyment over the process of killing (and the power and domination games that come from that) or because they are highly paranoid and do what they do out of a misplaced sense of self-defense. In the first case they are sadists, so the administering of pain feeds into their own superiority.