Can you identify the office psychopath?

by MPA05 Nov 2014

Ghomeshi has denied that these were attacks, but were mutually consensual sexual relationships.

The main findings of the study were:

•    About one in 25 managers qualified as psychopaths. Eight of the 203 subjects, or 3.9 per cent, had scores on a test of psychotic traits that put them at the threshold for psychopathy. That compares with just 0.2 per cent of the general population. An additional three study subjects had scores that were significantly higher, meaning their psychopathy was likely to be significantly worse.

•    The potential for ‘possible’ psychopathy was much higher. In the corporate group, nearly six percent of the subjects qualified as potentially or possibly psychopathic (in addition to the four percent who clearly appeared psychotic), compared to just 1.2 per cent of the population as a whole.

•    Psychopaths can and do get ahead. Of the nine people with the highest scores for psychopathy, seven were already managers. Two were vice presidents, two were directors, two were managers or supervisors, and one had another management position.

•    The ‘average’ scores for psychopathy were not any different in the corporate sample than they are thought to be in the general population. But there's clearly a lot of difference at the extremes.

Why would there be more psychopathy in the corporate world than elsewhere? Here's how the researchers explain it. (continued.)

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