(22/10-2012) – When we think “psychopath”, we think “cold”, “cynical” or even “serial killer”. But did you know that many bosses are, in fact, psychopaths or have psychopathic tendencies?
According to USA Today, A new book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, suggests that we might have good things to learn from some traits of psychopaths.
“I wrote the book primarily to debunk deep-seated myths the public has about psychopaths — that they are all bad or mad,” says research psychologist Kevin Dutton, of Magdalen College in Oxford, England. “No sooner does the word ‘psychopath’ come out of our lips then images of (1970s-era serial killer) Ted Bundy and serial killer A-listers come to mind.”
But Dutton says that “when we talk about psychopaths, we’re actually talking about people who have a distinct set of personality characteristics — ruthlessness, fearlessness, mental toughness, charm, persuasiveness — and they lack a conscience and empathy.”