Dark Passenger

They say one out of a hundred people is a psychopath.  They also say that the he higher you go up the ladder, the greater number of psychopaths you’ll find there.  According to Psychology Today, “A successful psychopath is someone who fits the criteria of a psychopath, but is largely successful in their exploitations and so is able to avoid getting caught. Such people may be lawyers, professors, or politicians, and given the recent headlines, likely have a permanent address on Wall Street.”

In Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work, Canadian psychologist Robert R. Hare blames psychopaths for the brutal excesses of capitalism, as they often flourish in fast-paced, changing industries with widespread uncertainty. Someone who perhaps resembles Gordon Gekko?

In case you’re curious, there are twenty points on the Hare PCL-R Checklist, which is the assessment most commonly used to rate psychopathy:

  1. glib and superficial charm
  2. grandiosity
  3. need for stimulation
  4. pathological lying
  5. cunning and manipulating,
  6. lack of remorse
  7. callousness
  8. poor behavioral controls
  9. impulsiveness
  10. irresponsibility
  11. denial
  12. parasitic lifestyle
  13. sexual promiscuity
  14. early behavior problems
  15. lack of realistic long-term goals
  16. failure to accept responsibility for own actions
  17. many short-term marital relationships
  18. juvenile delinquency
  19. revocation of conditional release
  20. criminal versatility

Sound familiar?