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November 28, 2022

Great News: Accountants Are Less Likely To Be Psychopaths

This article has been making the rounds so it's only fitting to share it here. Mostly because I know for a fact many of you are a little off your rockers but apparently you guys are less likely to be psychopaths than folks like my esteemed colleague Colin and me. Good news, right?

First, what defines a psychopath? That's easy.

Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial char, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality.

Now the book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success has given us a snapshot into which professions tend to lean toward or away from psychopath characteristics.

If you look at the professions high on the list for psychopath potential, the results shouldn't be surprising:

Well, maybe the fact that most of you are not predisposed to psychopathy is surprising but other than that, maybe this makes sense.

CEOs, lawyers, media hacks and cops tend to be ego-driven while nurses, charity workers and teachers are generally in it for the feel-good of helping people. How chefs ended up on the left side is beyond me, here I thought they were mostly nice people. 

Do you agree with these findings?

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