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2014-03-22 06:24:01 PM  
is CEO a profession? I think of that as management or business.
 
2014-03-22 06:34:12 PM  
Surgeon

That one seems a tad odd.
 
2014-03-22 06:39:38 PM  
List obviously written by those psychopaths in IT
 
2014-03-22 06:47:49 PM  
Economics?
/drtfa
//ba in econ
 
2014-03-22 06:48:22 PM  
You lie, subby.  Police officer is #7.
 
2014-03-22 06:48:42 PM  
What about mob enforcer?
 
2014-03-22 06:48:50 PM  
I don't see Motel Clerk on that list.
 
2014-03-22 06:49:01 PM  
I'm on each list.... does that make me bipolar?
 
2014-03-22 06:49:12 PM  

fusillade762: Surgeon

That one seems a tad odd.


Surgeons are the doctors who are in it for the money.
 
2014-03-22 06:49:20 PM  

meow said the dog: What about mob enforcer?


Lawful Evil.
 
2014-03-22 06:49:56 PM  

mrlewish: I'm on each list.... does that make me bipolar?


Maybe.
 
2014-03-22 06:51:26 PM  
It isn't that we've managed to built a crippled and oppressive culture that rewards cold blooded psychos over noramal people, it's that there are a lot of people looking at that list adn it's pay scales and thinking "maybe I should try and be more of a psycho".
 
2014-03-22 06:51:31 PM  
Clowns?
 
2014-03-22 06:52:01 PM  
FTFA:

"That's because research has found that psychopaths generally do worse at the things that are often associated with success: their relationships are worse, they earn less money and do not generally attain high status."

There are so many running around as CEOs how then?

/Also, surgeons?  But doctors are least psychopathic?  Lists are suspect
 
2014-03-22 06:52:07 PM  
Stripper isn't listed?
 
2014-03-22 06:53:12 PM  
Hmm, I suspect their definition.

Looks like the "most frequent" is simply a list of positions where you have to put your empathy aside to do a good job.

And the "least frequent" is simply a list of positions where you can't put your empathy aside - no matter how painful - and still be effective.
 
2014-03-22 06:53:23 PM  
Human Resources staffers.
 
2014-03-22 06:53:51 PM  
Wow, what a poorly written article. Hopefully the actual research was not near as sloppy.

"Hurr hurr CEO's are the profession most likely to be psychopaths"
"Hurr hurr psychopaths make less money and have less status"

All psychologists are not created equal. This one sounds like a hack. Wonder what the original research showed?
 
2014-03-22 06:53:59 PM  
I was gonna say day care supervisor, but clown seems to beat that out.
 
2014-03-22 06:54:23 PM  

ByOwlLight: Lists are suspect


They probably got their hands on a lot of MMPPI data graphs.
 
2014-03-22 06:54:25 PM  
And here are the professions with the least psychopaths:

After reading the article, I'm finding it hard to believe in its credibility.
 
2014-03-22 06:54:33 PM  

fusillade762: Surgeon

That one seems a tad odd.


My guess is it takes a certain level of detachment to plunge a scalpel into someones gut, even for legitimate purposes.  Being a psychopath, may grant a surgeon a head start, but likely at a long term personal and professional cost.  Either surrounding that surgeon with a team of truly caring nurses, or assisting the surgeon to think more sympathetically towards their patients are decent approaches.  But on the short term somebody needs to extract the crossbow arrow from Johnny Knoxville arse stat.
 
2014-03-22 06:55:04 PM  
i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-22 06:55:19 PM  
TMZ writer?
 
2014-03-22 06:55:39 PM  

Jake Havechek: Human Resources staffers.


This.
 
2014-03-22 06:56:24 PM  
List fails by not mentioning politicians somewhere at the top of the list.
 
2014-03-22 06:56:33 PM  

Chris Ween: is CEO a profession? I think of that as management or business.


A CEO is a professional psychopath at the head of an organization that rewards his behavior.  I wasn't surprised when I saw CEO at the top of the list, I actually anticipated it.

The highest proportion of psychopaths you'll find are in corporations.  Psychopaths can do things on a large scale there regarding people and stay protected and also get promotions and pay raises.
 
2014-03-22 06:56:42 PM  

ByOwlLight: There are so many running around as CEOs how then?


CEOs are bad, Mmmmmkay?

/pls get with the program!
 
2014-03-22 06:57:48 PM  
Process and effeciency managers are not real people.
 
2014-03-22 06:59:24 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: List obviously written by those psychopaths in IT


That was my exact thought when I read the list and thought, "hmmm, I must be a psychopath".
 
2014-03-22 06:59:26 PM  

fusillade762: Surgeon

That one seems a tad odd.


Not really. The surgeons I've known all seemed to have a bit of a God-complex. Think about it. A regular part of your job is the fact that whether someone lives or dies is in your hands. I could see getting drunk on that feeling of power. And vodka. But mostly the feeling of power.
 
2014-03-22 06:59:31 PM  

Prey4reign: List fails by not mentioning politicians somewhere at the top of the list.


Politicians in England get some veto power over research and journalism.
 
2014-03-22 06:59:44 PM  

fusillade762: Surgeon

That one seems a tad odd.


I'm not so sure. You kind of want your surgeon to be "cool under pressure," "self-confident" and "fearless." No buckling under nerves and losing it in the operating room, that sort of thing. Who wants a shaky surgeon? As long as they care about doing the job right, well, maybe they can leave bedside manner to nurses, who are amazing almost by definition.

Clergyperson gives me pause, though...
 
2014-03-22 06:59:59 PM  
Anyplace I wind up?

/Not a psychopath, just works with a lot of them.
 
2014-03-22 07:00:19 PM  

fusillade762: Surgeon

That one seems a tad odd.


"God complex"

From personal experience I can say that's not necessarily a bad thing when someone is pulling a tumor off of your wife's brain.
 
2014-03-22 07:01:12 PM  
No.
 
2014-03-22 07:01:44 PM  

Prey4reign: List fails by not mentioning politicians somewhere at the top of the list.


Covered by Lawyer.
 
2014-03-22 07:03:21 PM  
Actor (esp. movie actor)
Politician
Advertising

Come on.
 
2014-03-22 07:03:54 PM  
i am on one of those lists, but i ain't tellin' ya which. suckers.
 
2014-03-22 07:04:17 PM  

fusillade762: Surgeon

That one seems a tad odd.


For a surgeon, the ability to cut open another person without the emotional complications which go with it is an asset.  A surgeon may understand on an intellectual level they are helping their patient, but the subconscious mind is bad at telling the difference between inflicting helpful and harmful wounds.  This can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress, which are the natural empathic responses to inflicting wounds on others.  These responses are not experienced by sociopaths.  The less empathy a surgeon feels, the less extra stress they will receive from their work, and the less likely they are to burn out.
 
2014-03-22 07:04:18 PM  
Have you ever hung out with a group of minor league baseball players? Because those guys are seriously f*cked up in the head.

Even by my really, really loose morals I was pretty shocked.

But as a really scrawny guy it was nice having a bunch of big guys jacked up on cocaine around. Made for a good time.
 
2014-03-22 07:04:35 PM  

wildcardjack: Prey4reign: List fails by not mentioning politicians somewhere at the top of the list.

Covered by Lawyer.


Also covered by "Civil Servant".  But only at #10? Come on.
 
2014-03-22 07:04:49 PM  
Paparazzi

/paparazzo?
 
2014-03-22 07:05:42 PM  
Job description: making children bleed a little, scream a lot. Make parents pay a ton of money and bring the kids back for more of the same.

Job title: pediatric dentist
 
2014-03-22 07:05:48 PM  
Any Mayoral Rob Ford jokes yet? Yeah, sick of him too.
 
2014-03-22 07:06:01 PM  

bunner: Jake Havechek: Human Resources staffers.

This.


Seconded.

/oh look, it's this thread again...
 
2014-03-22 07:10:25 PM  

Canton: fusillade762: Surgeon

That one seems a tad odd.

I'm not so sure. You kind of want your surgeon to be "cool under pressure," "self-confident" and "fearless." No buckling under nerves and losing it in the operating room, that sort of thing. Who wants a shaky surgeon? As long as they care about doing the job right, well, maybe they can leave bedside manner to nurses, who are amazing almost by definition.

Clergyperson gives me pause, though...


Yeah from what i've read many surgeons are hyper competitive and narcissistic. Those traits are required to make it to the top of the various medical programs on the way to becoming an actual surgeon.

Sames applies to CEO, you need psychopathic traits to crush the competition on your way to the top because "everybody wants to rule the world".

Being a functional pyschopath can really help you out in some professions just like being a functional Asperger syndrome sufferer can help you out in others.
 
2014-03-22 07:10:39 PM  

TinyFist: Have you ever hung out with a group of minor league baseball players? Because those guys are seriously f*cked up in the head.

Even by my really, really loose morals I was pretty shocked.

But as a really scrawny guy it was nice having a bunch of big guys jacked up on cocaine around. Made for a good time.


Oh Tiny, I always rely on you for a truly inspirational message.

My wallpaper is always a little f*cked up.
 
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2014-03-22 07:14:26 PM  

megarian: My wallpaper is always a little f*cked up.


That isn't yellow wallpaper, is it?
 
2014-03-22 07:15:35 PM  

TinyFist: But as a really scrawny guy it was nice having a bunch of big guys jacked up on cocaine around. Made for a good time.


I'm trying to figure out if I'm interpreting this wrong, but not sure I want to ask.
 
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