Which Professions Have the Most Psychopaths? The Fewest?

If you’re a fiction writer, especially one who writes thrillers or suspense, this is information that will help you create characters that add reality to your story. As you read this information, picture characters in your previous fiction and ask yourself how you might have improved characterization or pat yourself on the back that you did a great job.

The Title Question.
Which profession has the most psychopaths? It’s a CEO. Studies show that this profession is populated by more psychopaths than others. That’s not to say that every CEO is a psychopath.

First understand that a psychopath does not refer to someone who wields a deadly knife as the accompanying picture portrays or chops people into 6 pieces with an ax, although many of people who do this are psychopaths.

What is a good definition of a psychopath?

Psychopathy is a personality disorder that is described as characterized by shallow emotions, such as high fear threshold, stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentric, superficial character, manipulative, irresponsibility, impulsive and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality.  It manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, and failure to learn from experience among other things.  Here’s an article from Pschology Today that explains in detail: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mindmelding/201301/what-is-psychopath-0 

The Big Question
So what other professions have the most psychopaths and which have the least? This list comes from a The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success on Amazon written by Kevin Dutton

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (TV/Radio)
4. Saleperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police Officer
8. Clergyperson
9. Chef
10. Civil Servant

Which surprises you and which doesn’t? Number 9,  a chef, might surprise you, but if you think of the TV show, Hell’s Kitchen…maybe not. (Kevin Dutton notes that in real life the star seems to be a wonderful man and father). What about a salesperson? Some of these might make you question the study.

Then You Ask Why?
Why do these careers fall into this cateogry.  Most of these careers offer power and many require the ability to make objective, unemotional decisions. Psychopaths can be drawn to these roles and do well in them.

Which Careers Do Not Fit A Psychopath?
Professions requiring human connection nd dealing with feelings offer little individual power. Psychopaths, by the definition, would not be drawn to nor excel in these careers. These professions are:

1.Care Aids
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautican/Stylist
6. Charity Worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative Artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant

As you create your characters for your genre, give these careers though or ones that are   similar to help create not only psychopathic characters, but ones who would be totally opposite. Dutton suggests, if you want to go for an element of a psychopathic surprise, you might find a way to use the opposite career which could throw off the authorities. No matter which way you go, do quality research and go for realism.

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