A Psychopath is a person suffering from a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior. Kevin Dutton, who is a research psychologist at the University of Oxford, has devoted much of his life to studying the brains of the psychopaths. He came up with list of some known professions (and designations) that attract a large number of psychopaths.
If you want to succeed in business, you have to become a shark because business is a cutthroat game. After a study of CEO’s behavior, it was revealed that they lack empathy, remorse and personal accountability. They generally have a reckless behavior because their profession demands it. Hence, this profession is the first in rank among the professions that attract a maximum number of psychopaths. Well, everybody remembers Amir Khan’s character in Ghajini.
2. Sales people
John Clark writes in his book ‘How to Identify and Protect Yourself from the Workplace Psychopath’ that: “The psychopath is very likely to be a good salesperson, if they are intelligent as well as glib and superficial.” The psychopath who is a salesperson is likely to exploit the system in some way to benefit themselves. For example, they may steal products or sell them at ‘discount rates’ to their friends.” They have a me, me, me attitude for themselves and their products. The only thought that comes to their mind is a new strategy to increase their sales.
3. Actors (TV/radio)
Media people are obsessed with themselves. They want transparency in everything yet they present whatever image they wish. After playing millions of characters, they lose their senses. They themselves forget exactly who they are. This field desires a thirst for being on the top. Most of the people involved in this field after experiencing a lot of fame lose their mind during the time of their downfall. All this happens because of their obsession with being the best among all. Fame, huge fan following, praise, etc. invites psychopaths to opt for this career.
While doctors and nurses made the list with the fewest psychopaths, surgeons were among the most psychopathic. Surgeons are abrasive, abusive, and wildly self-centered so much that observers have speculated that they suffer from psychiatric disorders. In earlier days, when there used to be surgeries with no anesthesia surgeons displayed more psychopathic behavior. Dutton writes that, “one podiatrist on a message board I visited wrote that one of his college professors informed the class that ‘every surgeon is really a serial killer that has found a socially acceptable way to express their desire’.”
Seeing your name in a national newspaper on a daily basis is enough to turn even the most humble being into a fountain of narcissism. And if you think that’s bad, just imagine how much appearing on national television would contribute to one’s superiority complex. Hence, a wanted article with their picture on will not be a big thing. A journalist’s job can turn them into a complete narcissist, totally delusional, or both. To get up on a stage and criticize or make their point, also engage the audience with their thoughts, they have to be manipulative for that.
6. Police officers
Oh they get over their anxieties and call them encounters. Their job demand arrogance, strength, leadership traits and that’s all a psychopath want to fulfill his own desires. They are given guns by the government itself which in itself gives a sense of power. Why will their hands shake? According to ‘Police Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Victims’: “Women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40 percent of police officer families.” Additionally, “police families are two to four times more likely than the general population to experience domestic violence.”
Kevin Dutton’s research found that lawyers show various psychopathic signs and behaviors. It certainly makes sense that some lawyers would benefit from the ability to turn on the charm and lie without conscience. Dutton also interviewed a successful psychopathic lawyer who, chillingly, said, “Deep inside me there’s a serial killer lurking somewhere. But I keep him amused with cocaine, Formula One, booty calls, and coruscating cross-examination.” Now you know why almost every joke about lawyers relies on the stereotype that they are, essentially psychopaths: liars and cheats, bereft of morals, obsessed with profiteering at any cost.
Chefs are nutters. They’re all self-obsessed, delicate, dainty, insecure little souls and absolute psychopaths. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Gordon Ramsay said, “I’m not sure about every attribute of a chef but I’ve met a lot of chefs in my day and like most creative people, they’ve all had inventive, innovative minds, often accompanied by drinking problems. (Just the messenger here, folks.) Plus, they work in a profession that requires them to work crazy hours, often for long stretches, in conditions that would drive most of us mad. (Have you ever seen a busy restaurant kitchen at a peak hour? Absolute madness.)”
The clergy is supposed to make the world better. In India, they are called as gurus, maulanas or babas. Religious organizations provide easy access to victims, a source for financial rewards and easy legitimacy based on having an ordained position. Under that they abuse women, innocent children and exploit our society. You can understand it yourself how they turn out to be! Hence, clergy attracts psychopaths in large numbers.
10. Civil servants
There’s power in the roles of civil servants, and psychopaths often single-mindedly crave power. Psychopaths tend to gravitate towards and thrive in professions that offer power and require cutthroat decision-making.