“You don’t have to be a psychopath to work here, but it helps.”
Have you suspected your CEO is a psychopath? How about the president? How about the governor of a state that borders Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Atlantic? (Hint: it rhymes with “Boo Jersey.”)
It won’t do you any good to go partisan on me; they probably are psychopaths. Don’t blame me. Blame science. Arthur Fallon, a neuroscientist and author of The Psychopath Inside, recently appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN with the amazing discovery that most successful, famous people, in politics and business, score relatively high on a psychopathy spectrum.
When you think of psychopaths you probably think of serial killers, but only some psychopaths are criminals. Psychopathy is a lack of activity, visible on scans, in the areas in the brain responsible for emotional empathy. It shows up as a cluster of traits including ruthlessness, fearlessness, narcissism, charm, charisma, impulsivity, persuasiveness, manipulation, and a lack of conscience. Fallon describes those traits as “part of leadership skills.” Now can you start seeing your CEO and it’s-all-about-me politicians (but I am redundant) fitting that profile? …
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