Psychopaths are dangerous predators who don’t have behavioral controls and tender feelings that most people do. They’re the type of people who can commit horrific murders without blinking an eye. Studies suggest that they also make great CEOs!
Jon Ronson, a British Journalist, dug deep into the specifics of profiling and diagnosing mentally ill people. His main goal: to find out what makes a person a psychopath. While researching the topic for his new book “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through Madness Industry,” Ronson found a frightening, yet interesting fact. Four percent of CEO’s are psychopaths.
Psychopaths are unlike most people; they lack feelings such as remorse, empathy, love, and kindness.
In the competitive world, we live in, a lack of these feelings might actually put you a few steps ahead of everyone in the race for success. These emotions are important for all humans to have. However, they do get in the way of making cut-throat business decisions.With a psychopath for a CEO, there are no second chances for a slow worker. A psychopath can have the most traumatic personal experience and go to work smiling the following day. Nothing can, emotionally, paralyze a psychopath and that is surely an advantage. Capitalism and clocks share a similar trait with psychopaths; they don’t care about the individual, they just keep on going.
Ronson explains that while not all CEOs are psychopaths, psychopathic tendencies are, sadly, an advantage. “I think my book offers really good evidence that the way that capitalism is structured really is a physical manifestation of the brain anomaly known as psychopathy,” he says.
The author does not promote or suggest developing these tendencies, in fact, he believes they should be avoided at all costs. Afterall, empathy and emotions are what makes us human. Robert D. Hare, a researcher in the field of criminology, says that psychopathology is never a good thing. He says that with a lack of empathy will always get you will always get evil.