Are You Working With A Psychopath?

I saw a very interesting programme on Saturday night.  I had thought it was just one of those Channel 4 “top 10” programmes about psychopaths in films but it turned out to be a documentary about real-life psychopaths too and it was fascinating.

You don’t have to be a killer to be a psychopath.  They are everywhere.   😯   The most successful bankers, lawyers, salespeople, media people and surgeons are likely to be high on the psychopathic spectrum.  The difference between them and psychopaths who kill seems to be that the killers had a trauma of some kind happen to them when they were young.

The programme said the traits of psychopaths are as follows:
1. They have a lack of remorse.
2. Nothing is ever their fault.
3. They have a capacity for charm which is switched on and off.
4. They are self-focused.
5. They are game players – they play tricks and they lie.

I know at least 3 people who would be high on the psychopathic spectrum. There is a test you can take on the Channel 4 website to see if you are high or low on the scale. The average psychopathic score is 51% for men and 39% for women. I took this test and only got 18%. While this would appear to be a good thing, it could also indicate that I would be unlikely to be successful in an industry where you might need to be dominant and ruthless to get ahead but, seeing as I wouldn’t want to be in that sort of industry anyway, that suits me fine. 😀

One of the top 10 psychopaths from movies was James Bond.

James Bond. Image taken from flickr.com

James Bond.
Image taken from flickr.com

Why don’t you take the test too and see how psychopathic you are?   😈

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13 thoughts on “Are You Working With A Psychopath?

  1. Reblogged this on Pippakin Talks Cats, Dogs, Teeth and Claws and commented:
    I’m finding articles about psychopaths everywhere, it seems I’m not the only one wary of the beast! I did the test and scored 12 which means: You are warm and empathic with a heightened awareness of social responsibility and a strong sense of conscience. You like to carefully weigh up the pros and cons of a situation before you act and are generally averse to taking risks. You are very much a ‘people person’ and dislike conflict. ‘Do unto others…’ are your watchwords. But, although you avoid hurting others, those residing at the higher end of the psychopathic spectrum might not be as considerate, so stay vigilant to avoid being hurt unnecessarily.

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/psychopath-night

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  2. Many years ago covert CCTV was put in a very large office block. They discovered that about 1% were sub-criminal psychopaths, causing mischief behind the scenes just for fun. These people were very plausible and the last people you might suspect of malice. Then add some with high level jobs.

    The miracle is that, in such a world, there have always been a majority who refuse to join that corruption even though it would be in their best interests. Hence we very slowly improve. Someone said “Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born”. Slow but indomitable. I hope you had a nice Bank Holiday . 🙂

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  4. Though your conscience is in the right place you also have a pragmatic streak and generally aren’t afraid to do your own dirty work! You’re no shrinking violet – but no daredevil either. You generally have little trouble seeing things from another person’s perspective but, at the same time, are no pushover. ‘Everything in moderation – including moderation’ might sum up your approach to life. I’ve got a 39% 🙂 🙂

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