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Top 10 Careers With The Most Psychopaths – Is Your Job On The List?

What comes to mind when you picture a psychopath? A crazy ax-murderer? Psychopaths don't always fit that mold.

The clinical diagnoses is a person who has shallow emotions or lacks empathy. Sounds like corporate America is loaded with them!

Kevin Dutton, a research psychologist at the University of Oxford, has dedicated much of his life to studying the brains of psychopaths and he's been able to piece together a list of the most likely professions psychopaths end up in.

Is your career on the list?

1. CEOs

Corporate America is loaded with brutal metaphors. When you succeed, it's because you were cutthroat and ended up making a killing, and now you're known as a shark.

Doesn't that just sound like a wonderful place for a psychopath? I'm sure plenty of CEOs are great people... but several studies suggest that 4% of CEOs qualify as psychopaths. That's 4x as many people as in the general population.

2. Lawyers

There are lots of heartless lawyer jokes, but there may be some credence to them. Many lawyers exhibit signs of psychopathy, which makes lying, cheating, and obsessing with profit nothing to bat an eye at. As one lawyer he interviewed 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."

3. Media (Radio/TV)

Makes sense right? Obviously, not everyone in the media industry scores high on the psychopath meter, but if you think of some of the most prominent psychopathic personalities in our world right now, it all seems to make sense.

4. Sales People

In Working With Monsters: How to Identify and Protect Yourself from the Workplace Psychopath, John Clarke says that having a psychopath on your team can be a really good thing.

"The psychopath is very likely to be a good salesperson, if they are intelligent as well as glib and superficial," Clarke writes. "In fact, a study done in 2001 by Marc Hamer found that superior sales performance was associated with higher levels of narcissism (egocentric and grandiose), sociopathy and cognitive empathy."

The drawback there is that you're bound to run into their self-centered attitude. They're also more likely to exploit the system in which they work.

5. Surgeons

This one really surprised me. Doctors and nurses landed on the list of careers with the fewest psychopaths, but surgeons are one of the most psychopathic around.

In a 2014 piece in Pacific Standard, Wen Shen states "the trouble with surgeons [is]...[m]any are abrasive, abusive, and wildly self-centered—so much so that observers have speculated that they suffer from psychiatric disorders."

She thinks this can be traced back to when surgery was performed without anesthesia. Being a surgeon meant you had to operate to "a soundtrack of screams" and keeping it cool. There's an active push for kinder surgeons today.

6. Journalists

Jeff Cash, a freelance writer, once wrote that, "a hint of psychopathy is actually a prerequisite for public purpose journalism."

"Psychopathy can creep in all too easily in the world of journalism, as any reporter who's had an after-hours fight with some obnoxious public relations officer can attest to.

(That's pretty much all of them, by the way). 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."

I can see that being the case.

7. Police officers

Most disturbingly, the people charged with keeping the peace may be the most likely ones to shatter it.

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."

8. Clergy

This one is pretty amusing to me.

The clergy is supposed to promote the gospel and make the world better, but as we saw with the Catholic Church's child sex abuse scandals, psychopathy was at play. First in the act of molesting these children, then in the church's desire to cover it all up.

Psychopaths may be attracted to the clergy because of easy access to victims. Many televangelists and preachers have been accused of megalomaniacal behavior, like Ted Haggard, Bill Gothard, Creflo Dollar, and Geronimo Aguilar.

9. Chefs

Chef Gordon Ramsay once told Vanity Fair that "Chefs are nutters. They're all self-obsessed, delicate, dainty, insecure little souls and absolute psychopaths.

Every last one of them." It seems like such a strange profession for that kind of behavior, but Anthony Bourdain perhaps correctly chocked it up to a combination of working with assholes and being a perfectionist.

"Some chefs borrow money, they do everything they can, they kill themselves, it's the culmination of a career working 100 hours a week or more.

They finally open a place and within eight minutes of opening, some asshole has posted on Yelp, 'Worst meal ever.' You can understand why they go insane, and do everything they can to ameliorate that."

10. Civil Servants

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It certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility that a DMV worker might be kind of a psychopath. There's power in the roles of civil servants, and psychopaths often single-mindedly crave power.

Dennis Rader, who was the self-dubbed BTK killer, was a census field operations supervisor in Kansas. He was later a dogcatcher. From wikipedia: "neighbors recalled him as being sometimes overzealous and extremely strict; one neighbor complained that he euthanized her dog for no reason."

Yikes.

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Uplifting

Man Buys Stranger's Groceries When Overhearing Her Tell Her Daughter They Can't Afford To Eat That Night

Kindness is within us all

A man has recently been getting attention online for his inspiring act. One night, while he was minding his own business, he was confronted with a family in need. He had two options. He could have done the same thing everyone else did in the store and let them figure it out for themselves, or he could be their hero that day and help them out within his means.

The thing is, the man didn't have much money himself, and he was working two jobs to support himself and his kid. Here's how he decided on what to do.

Meet Bear, A Man Who Works Double Shifts To Live

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It was a day like most for Bear, as he had just pulled two fourteen-hour shifts in a row and needed some food, but had no energy left to make it. He writes this on a post on Facebook and explains that this actually didn't turn out to be like most days: I stopped by the grocery store to grab food for dinner and as I was checking out a woman started crying in the next checkout line."

Bear listened in on the conversation between a mother and her daughter, and it was heartbreaking.

The Little Girl Asked Her Mom Why She Was Crying

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At first, it's easy to assume the mom is just having a bad day, maybe she got into a fight with her husband or is tired from looking after her kid. As he listened in, ge overheard the girl ask her mom what was wrong, as she continued to stand crying in the lane right next to hers.

"Her daughter asked her what's wrong and she all she could say was, 'we can't afford to eat tonight.''" These are the words that no parent wants to imagine ever needing to say to their child, who depends on them just to live. Yet, it is the unfortunate case for many.

Food Insecurity Is A Real Problem

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Food insecurity is a problem for many families across the country. This problem has gotten even worse with the pandemic as many families who relied on their small businesses had to shut down and couldn't make do anymore.

Even then, this problem existed before the pandemic and still continues today. In fact, the U.S Department of Agriculture reports that 10.5 percent (13.8 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2020 and this number is unchanged from 2019.

This Time It Would Be Different

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For a lot of food-insecure families, they simply would have had to walk out of that grocery store empty-handed, with a kid possibly going to bed hungry that night. For this mom, kindness was in the cards, At first, another person who also overheard her gave them a few dollars towards their groceries.

But Bear knew she needed more than that. He walked over to the mom and her daughter and told them he would pay for their food and to get whatever they want. He writes on Facebook: "A person behind her gave her a couple of dollars and she bought her daughter a Kids Cuisine TV dinner. I told her to grab what she wants, I'll pay for it."

All In Divine Timing

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Was Bear's presence in that mothert's life at that time and place just a coincidence? Bear doesn't think so. He explains that he never actually shops at that store but for whatever reason, he felt inclined to do so that night. He think the reason for it comes down to divine timing…

"I NEVER stop at this Walmart. I'm simply saying GOD puts you where he needs you to be WHEN he needs you to be there"

People Find Bear Inspiring

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Bear's Facebook post has gotten a lot of attention as many who read it are inspired by his selfless act. For all he knows, he could have saved that family that night.

"That's my little Brother doing what moms told us to do when women and children are in need, we help them out with whatever they need. GOD put you in the right place last night. Thanks for helping a woman and her children with the food they need to eat so they don't go hungry. God's got you," a person commented.

Whether it was a divine intervention or simply the actions of a kind man, it brought good into the world and we only hope things like this continue to happen to make it a better place.

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