Great news! Engineers aren’t psychopaths (but CEOs are)

What do we think?

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I’ve been feeling a little disturbed lately. Slightly insane things are happening all around me and nothing seems to make sense anymore.

So I thought I’d seek out some information about psychopathy, in the hope of making myself feel better — or at least understood.

Somehow, I stumbled upon an article on The Week that disturbed me even more. In casual style, it wondered which professions contained the greatest number of psychopaths and which ones had the fewest.

Honestly, I thought engineers would be somewhere near the top of the list. The ones I know are intense creatures, prone to excessive rational thought and irrational action.

They believe they can solve everything, yet don’t see that in their own lives, they have solved very little.

I expected, therefore, that they would at least be higher up the psychopathic scale than, say, clergymen. I was disabused.

The data comes from a book by Kevin Dutton called “The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.

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