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(KTAR Phoenix)   The top 10 jobs that attract psychopaths (note: if slideshows turn you into a psychopath don't waste your time)   (ktar.com ) divider line
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2013-01-06 07:05:53 AM  
We did this a few days ago. CEO, lawyer, media....
 
2013-01-06 07:25:42 AM  
Sorry, the deslider doesn't know how to parse slideshows from that site
(A parser has yet to be written or assigned to deal with sites hosted on "www.ktar.com")
 
2013-01-06 07:37:33 AM  

Generation_D: Sorry, the deslider doesn't know how to parse slideshows from that site
(A parser has yet to be written or assigned to deal with sites hosted on "www.ktar.com")


Just check the Boing Boing link from 12/31. It's a single slide.
 
2013-01-06 07:57:04 AM  
Personally, I think lawyers are very nice people.
 
2013-01-06 09:03:47 AM  
11. Farker
 
2013-01-06 09:17:18 AM  
Hits em all. No mailman?
 
2013-01-06 09:45:32 AM  
Psychopath CEO's walk among us, arm in arm with murderous lawyers and twisted journalists.  EVERYBODY PANIC.

/we psychopaths need love too ya know
 
2013-01-06 10:14:46 AM  
agrees:

i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-06 10:16:12 AM  
Is "cult leader" filed under Clergy?
 
2013-01-06 10:18:16 AM  
Great! All the jobs with power. What else would it be?
 
2013-01-06 10:18:29 AM  
According to AOL Jobs, certain fields are more likely to attract psychopaths than others.

Guess AOL forgot to mention dial-up ISPs who snail mail spammed you with CD ROMs?
 
2013-01-06 10:18:37 AM  

SlothB77: Hits em all. No mailman?


whatculture.com
 
2013-01-06 10:22:35 AM  

Since this link ripped off another, I'll do the same and present their list minus bullshiat slideshow:

Highest Rates of Psychopathy:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police Officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil Servant

Lowest Rates of Psychopathy:

1. Care Aide
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautician/Stylist
6. Charity Worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative Artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant
 
2013-01-06 10:23:03 AM  
I see police officer made the list.
Making the best use of all the guns we buy them...
 
2013-01-06 10:23:22 AM  
From the AOL article this was derived from:

Highest Rates of Psychopathy:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police Officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil Servant

Lowest Rates of Psychopathy:

1. Care Aide
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautician/Stylist
6. Charity Worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative Artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant

How did IT technicians miss out on the top 10 highest?
 
2013-01-06 10:24:43 AM  
My first thoughts were corporate executive lawyer and doctor. I'm glad to see all of these were covered. A bit surprised by journalist.
 
2013-01-06 10:25:52 AM  
Slideshows don't turn me into a psychopath. People trying to pad their site hits by using a terrible site format turn me into a psychopath.
 
2013-01-06 10:26:29 AM  

Free Radical: How did IT technicians miss out on the top 10 highest?


Top 10 jobs that attract masochists and people with high-functioning autism.
 
2013-01-06 10:27:56 AM  
Lots of those people are probably mis-classified as psychopaths and are, in fact, actually just assholes.

/Interesting read.
 
2013-01-06 10:30:19 AM  
Hmmm, I'm a Civil Servant. I'm perfectly Cromulent.
 
2013-01-06 10:31:18 AM  
how is psychiatrist not on there
 
2013-01-06 10:31:48 AM  

SlothB77: Hits em all. No mailman?


Mailman = Civil servant = #1
 
2013-01-06 10:31:56 AM  
CSB:
I did some consulting a while back doing personality assessments for clergy candidates, and the higher-ups thought I was weird for including the Antisocial Personality Inventory* in my assessment packet

VINDICATED.

*for those who failed Intro Psych, psychopathy is weapons-grade antisocial personality
 
2013-01-06 10:33:35 AM  
1. Clowns.
 
2013-01-06 10:33:47 AM  

mark12A: Hmmm, I'm a Civil Servant. I'm perfectly Cromulent.


I was a civil servant. worked at the library for 6 1/2 years before they fired me.
 
2013-01-06 10:34:33 AM  

Son of Thunder: CSB:
I did some consulting a while back doing personality assessments for clergy candidates, and the higher-ups thought I was weird for including the Antisocial Personality Inventory* in my assessment packet

VINDICATED.

*for those who failed Intro Psych, psychopathy is weapons-grade antisocial personality


Hope you included a pedophilia assessment.
 
2013-01-06 10:36:15 AM  
So just how did they come up with the numbers they allegedly have?

Somehow, I don't see to many top CEOs responding to a request to take psych tests for some study by some minor academics.

And those who would respond are probably different in some significant way than those who don't.

Though CEOs being psychopaths does have an intuitive appeal. But the simple reality is that it is far easier to do terrible things to people that you can't see (lay off a thousand people off, drop a bomb, etc) than it is to do terrible things to those up close and personal. CEOs tend to do terrible things to those who they can't see. If you really want to have a satisfying career as a psychopath, you might consider middle management. There you can personally make loads of people's lives a living hell and you can see the misery close up.
 
2013-01-06 10:36:19 AM  
So basically anyone who has a god-complex.
 
2013-01-06 10:36:26 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Since this link ripped off another, I'll do the same and present their list minus bullshiat slideshow:
Highest Rates of Psychopathy:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police Officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil Servant

Lowest Rates of Psychopathy:

1. Care Aide
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautician/Stylist
6. Charity Worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative Artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant


Teacher is in the wrong bin.
 
2013-01-06 10:38:11 AM  

bdub77: Free Radical: How did IT technicians miss out on the top 10 highest?

Top 10 jobs that attract masochists and people with high-functioning autism.

 
2013-01-06 10:38:18 AM  

GungFu: 1. Clowns.


That's from the list of jobs that create psychopathy in others.
 
2013-01-06 10:38:23 AM  
so software engineer, somewhere in the middle?
 
2013-01-06 10:39:23 AM  
No animal trainer on the list? I'm shocked. I'm yet to meet a trainer that doesn't get off on secretly manipulating people using the same techniques they use on animals.
 
2013-01-06 10:40:25 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: so software engineer, somewhere in the middle?


Just behind Modmin. ;-p
 
2013-01-06 10:41:33 AM  
That list sounds like populist b.s.

"Oh, CEOs are the worst and teachers are the best. Way to stick it to The Man!"

Plus, they didnt list professional painters. Those really are some crazy farkers.
 
2013-01-06 10:42:26 AM  
The person who made up that list obviously does not know any nurses or physicians.
 
2013-01-06 10:43:21 AM  
Ted Bundy = Dentist
Gary Ridgeway = Semi Truck part painter.


where do these two fit?
 
2013-01-06 10:47:54 AM  
Oh goody, another set of things that confuse psychopathy with sociopathy.
 
2013-01-06 10:51:40 AM  

madgordy: Ted Bundy = Dentist
Gary Ridgeway = Semi Truck part painter.


where do these two fit?


Sadist and painter.
 
2013-01-06 10:51:51 AM  

Theeng: Oh goody, another set of things that confuse psychopathy with sociopathy.


Don't go there. I've already been schooled by Fark intellectuals that there is no difference.
/There is. One is delusional, the other not.
 
2013-01-06 10:52:22 AM  
Gotta go with the dentists myself. They are all farking nuts.

On the other end of it, EE's should be #1 in most sane; obviously.
 
2013-01-06 10:53:09 AM  

Jadedgrl: Son of Thunder: CSB:
I did some consulting a while back doing personality assessments for clergy candidates, and the higher-ups thought I was weird for including the Antisocial Personality Inventory* in my assessment packet

VINDICATED.

*for those who failed Intro Psych, psychopathy is weapons-grade antisocial personality

Hope you included a pedophilia assessment.


Bless your heart.
 
2013-01-06 10:54:08 AM  
Highest Rates of Psychopathy:

1. CEO Oxford Psychologist
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police Officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil Servant

There, FTFY.
 
2013-01-06 10:55:02 AM  

think_balance: No animal trainer on the list? I'm shocked. I'm yet to meet a trainer that doesn't get off on secretly manipulating people using the same techniques they use on animals.


For some reason, this post made me smirk and chuckle to myself.
 
2013-01-06 10:56:11 AM  
Stripper
 
2013-01-06 10:56:39 AM  

zimmerman: Gotta go with the dentists myself.


They do have an abnormally high rate of suicide, IIRC.
 
2013-01-06 10:57:14 AM  
major mega props to everyone that de-slided and reposted. you keep fark alive with awesomeness.

this country is ghey now.
 
2013-01-06 10:58:20 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: Though CEOs being psychopaths does have an intuitive appeal. But the simple reality is that it is far easier to do terrible things to people that you can't see (lay off a thousand people off, drop a bomb, etc) than it is to do terrible things to those up close and personal. CEOs tend to do terrible things to those who they can't see. If you really want to have a satisfying career as a psychopath, you might consider middle management. There you can personally make loads of people's lives a living hell and you can see the misery close up.


It has more to do with the way they lust for power, so they're more likely to be the bosses than someone lower on the ladder. They want to control everyone, they're fake, know how to manipulate and groom others to get what they want = they get themselves into positions of authority.

It doesn't have to be a CEO. It can also be your boss at the fast food joint, your civil servant boss.....but never fear, if there's a way for them to climb higher in the ranks, it is their #1 priority, and they know the best ways to make it happen.

Look for the person who brown-noses anyone above them, who seems to be just a little too popular around the office for no particular reason, who seems to be involved in a lot of intrigue and wheeling and dealing. They're just moving the players around to their best advantage. And most people, not knowing what they're dealing with, will fall for it.
 
2013-01-06 10:59:45 AM  
They appear to have the order reversed.
 
2013-01-06 11:06:02 AM  
That was a bogus list. I had the perfect psychopath job once...commercial film processor. I'd spend hours in a darkroom...totally dark...splicing reels of film together and loading them onto a processing machine. Alone with your thoughts...well not really, there was a radio and this was when Howard Stern was on in the morning and was funny, so I pretty much listened to his show all the time. If the machine malfunctioned we had to go in there with a hardhat that had an infrared goggle attached to it. I once went in there with the goggle while my cohort was splicing (we entered through a 'light lock') and it was really creepy to see his eyes open and unfocused in the dark...he didn't even know I was there because of the noise of the machine. But yeah if you had some psycho in you, this job would not have helped.
 
2013-01-06 11:07:17 AM  
So, jobs that attract type A individuals who do it at least partly for the prestige? I never would have guessed.
 
2013-01-06 11:13:05 AM  
Where's "banker"?
 
2013-01-06 11:13:10 AM  
Policemen aren't civil servants? They consider themselves civil masters, maybe?
 
2013-01-06 11:13:19 AM  
Most psychlogy researchers think that autism/asperger's syndrom is completely different from psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder. Simon Baron-Cohen, for example, describes them as the lack of different kinds of empathy.

So typical computer geeks (like in your IT department) may score quite highly on tests for autism (possibly even as high as patients who have been diagnosed autistic), while coming out completely average on tests for psychopathy. They're "mostly harmless" as it said it the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

I do sometimes wonder if there can be people have both conditions - psychopathic and autistic - especially in the case of "dark side" computer hackers. e.g. Adrian Lamo --- officially Asperger's, but in some ways unlike typical people with autism, and more like Antisocial Personality Disorder -- e.g. the way he avoids the issues when being interviewed. Psychopaths are usually good at lying, talking their way out of things, and snowing an interviewer with words; people with autism are often crap at lying.)
 
2013-01-06 11:15:50 AM  
This list comes from "The Wisdom of Psychopaths" and was based on a self-report survey.
 
2013-01-06 11:19:36 AM  

cryinoutloud: TheMysteriousStranger: Though CEOs being psychopaths does have an intuitive appeal. But the simple reality is that it is far easier to do terrible things to people that you can't see (lay off a thousand people off, drop a bomb, etc) than it is to do terrible things to those up close and personal. CEOs tend to do terrible things to those who they can't see. If you really want to have a satisfying career as a psychopath, you might consider middle management. There you can personally make loads of people's lives a living hell and you can see the misery close up.

It has more to do with the way they lust for power, so they're more likely to be the bosses than someone lower on the ladder. They want to control everyone, they're fake, know how to manipulate and groom others to get what they want = they get themselves into positions of authority.

It doesn't have to be a CEO. It can also be your boss at the fast food joint, your civil servant boss.....but never fear, if there's a way for them to climb higher in the ranks, it is their #1 priority, and they know the best ways to make it happen.

Look for the person who brown-noses anyone above them, who seems to be just a little too popular around the office for no particular reason, who seems to be involved in a lot of intrigue and wheeling and dealing. They're just moving the players around to their best advantage. And most people, not knowing what they're dealing with, will fall for it.


Corporations are an organism that have evolved such that those at the top:
1) Evade any responsibility for anything that goes badly
2) Reap huge rewards and wield tremendous power

Executives that perform best in increasing the corporation's wealth and power will displace those that don't - competition/survival of the fittest ensures that the well-being of humanity is not a priority.

Private companies that still have a human being at the top, like Johnson Wax in Wisconsin, are considered to be much better places to work.
 
2013-01-06 11:19:55 AM  
Chef is the only one that surprises me. All this time I thought Gordon Ramsay was an aberration.
 
2013-01-06 11:20:27 AM  
Politicians strangely absent, unless it's assumed that they are the gods of all the psycho/sociopaths. And I assume such.
 
2013-01-06 11:20:50 AM  
Rozinante

Teacher is in the wrong bin.


No, that would be their fat wives who thrash them.
 
2013-01-06 11:21:36 AM  
HOA administrator?
 
2013-01-06 11:22:46 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: HOA administrator?


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You could jam that into the civil servant hole.
 
2013-01-06 11:24:14 AM  

simplicimus: Theeng: Oh goody, another set of things that confuse psychopathy with sociopathy.

Don't go there. I've already been schooled by Fark intellectuals that there is no difference.
/There is. One is delusional, the other not.


I've always thought of it as that the sociopath doesn't care about other people, the psychopath cares about the voices in his head.

Not the best definition, but easy to remember.
 
2013-01-06 11:24:56 AM  

Fissile: Quantum Apostrophe: HOA administrator?

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You could jam that into the civil servant hole.


Or you could jam their bodies in a hole.
 
2013-01-06 11:26:25 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: If you really want to have a satisfying career as a psychopath, you might consider middle management. There you can personally make loads of people's lives a living hell and you can see the misery close up.


As someone who was laid off by a middle-manager a few years ago, I'm getting a kick out of that statement.

/ Although, IMHO, mine was more of a neurotic personality, not an actual psychopath
// .....can name some other mgmt. types from that job that fit the "psychopath" definition...
 
2013-01-06 11:28:52 AM  

pxlboy: Fissile: Quantum Apostrophe: HOA administrator?

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You could jam that into the civil servant hole.

Or you could jam their bodies in a hole.


=============

I like the cut of your jib.
 
2013-01-06 11:33:25 AM  
Seems more like a list written by someone who has issues with people of certain professsions than anything meaningful. By the way, what is with that list of attributes supposedly held by psychos? "...attributes such as superficial charm, egocentricity, persuasiveness, lack of empathy, independence, and focus." I can understand egocentricity and and lack of empathy as negative qualities. Superficial charm and persuasiveness, although not entirely negative, can have their bad sides. It really depends on what the owner does with those traits. But on what planet are independence and focus considered negatives?
 
2013-01-06 11:37:13 AM  
Are parents and spouse too general?

Definition via wiki:

Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously characterized by shallow emotions (including reduced fear, a lack of empathy, and stress tolerance), cold-heartedness, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, criminality, antisocial behavior, a lack of remorse, and a parasitic lifestyle.
 
2013-01-06 12:21:26 PM  
I think the "information Gatherers" might be a little bit confused here ... isn't a Surgeon a sub-division of a Doctor? =/
 
2013-01-06 01:09:45 PM  

Fissile: Chef is the only one that surprises me. All this time I thought Gordon Ramsay was an aberration.


Been in the business almost literally half my life at this point, I'm surprised it was so low on the list...
 
2013-01-06 02:19:45 PM  

Glancing Blow: Are parents and spouse too general?

Definition via wiki:

Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously characterized by shallow emotions (including reduced fear, a lack of empathy, and stress tolerance), cold-heartedness, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, criminality, antisocial behavior, a lack of remorse, and a parasitic lifestyle.


So, skaters?


/no hate for skaters, just read that list again with skaters in mind.
 
2013-01-06 02:38:33 PM  

GungFu: 1. Clowns.


Not rly. I know a few professionally-trained clowns (as in Barnum & Bailey Clown College or theater school), and these guys are the least threatening folks you will ever meet. They're great with kids, and one even works with them in a project to teach inner-city youth circus skills like clowning and acrobatics.

/clowns are unjustly maligned
//john gacy was sorta like hitler for clowns
///gave 'em a bad name
 
2013-01-06 03:50:35 PM  

Theeng: simplicimus: Theeng: Oh goody, another set of things that confuse psychopathy with sociopathy.

Don't go there. I've already been schooled by Fark intellectuals that there is no difference.
/There is. One is delusional, the other not.

I've always thought of it as that the sociopath doesn't care about other people, the psychopath cares about the voices in his head.

Not the best definition, but easy to remember.


No, not the best definition, seeing as how you have completely mistaken "psychopathy" for "psychosis". They are very much NOT the same thing.

Psychopathy: extreme inability to care about the rights and feelings of others
Psychosis: loss of contact with reality (hallucinations and delusions)
 
2013-01-07 05:36:47 PM  

Resident Muslim: Glancing Blow: Are parents and spouse too general?

Definition via wiki:

Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously characterized by shallow emotions (including reduced fear, a lack of empathy, and stress tolerance), cold-heartedness, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, criminality, antisocial behavior, a lack of remorse, and a parasitic lifestyle.

So, skaters teenagers?

FTFM
 
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