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Research shows smart, psychopathic business managers may be able to conceal their disorder

dv1867045When Carolyn Bates was an undergraduate attending the University of Hudddersfield in England, her final-year project for her psychology degree turned out to be groundbreaking research into the links between psychopathy and intelligence.

According to Science Daily, Bates said that she was intrigued by research that showed while one percent of the population were categorized as psychopaths, the figure rose to three percent in the case of business managers. “I thought that intelligence could be an explanation for this, and it could be a problem if there are increased numbers of psychopaths at a high level in business,” she said.

After administering a number of tests to 50 participants, Bates concluded that those with higher IQs had sufficient intelligence to fake their emotional response, making it more difficult to detect their condition.

Her research has been accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology – an unusual distinction for an undergraduate.

There could be increased numbers of psychopaths in senior managerial positions, high levels of business, research shows, from ScienceDaily.



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  1. GeneticPsychopathy says:

    It’s time to stop feeding kindergarten children myths such as “Everybody has feelings”. Ignorance is not bliss when you grow up and mistakenly vote for a Congress full of self-serving sociopaths. Psychopaths are impaired neurologically, and (like drug users) are not fit for positions of leadership. Testing needs to be implemented. http://crowdfund.geneticpsycho.com



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    • flicka says:

      The ever-increasing proportion of psychopathic office managers becomes evident when ruthless disregard for responsibility and veneration for the almighty dollar and the ensuing corruption of morality are sought and elevated, they serve merely to proliferate the character qualities of the psychotic.



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  2. Delores says:

    This is not exactly groundbreaking. Psychopaths are prolific in positions where they have power and control such as politics, lawyers, judges, doctors and the police. Look at the sneaking, lying, cheating and lack of empathy of Bill Clinton, Barak Hussein Obama and many of our Congress. It is not just office managers, these slimy creatures have control of our County. And the Islamic psychopathic misogynistic regime wants to make it worldwide. I was married to one who was a lawyer; fortunately he was not smart enough to go big time. He had a shot at big time from a string my brother pulled but he degenerated to jack-leg southern divorce lawyer. I imagine he did a lot of damage to women in his career as well as his multiple wives.



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  3. Escapefor1 says:

    As someone who worked at high levels in business and met and dealt with many top executives, I agree that anecdotally this is my experience too. Business and finance are perfect fields for high-performing psychopaths. Rather than use violence, or even crime, they can do their damage legally and reep millions or billions. They make impersonal decisions that damage people and the environment. They are for whom the phrase, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” should have been invented. (Instead, I think it was the mob.)

    There are also many thoughtful and caring business executives. It is just that the ruthless and competitive psychopaths seek the prize at the top, so you see a disproportionate, though still small, percent there.



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