Friday, February 24, 2012

Psychopathy

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work is a book by industrial psychologist Paul Babiak, Ph.D. and psychopathy expert Dr Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. published in 2006.
It covers the nature of psychopaths in the context of employment and explains
  • how psychopaths manipulate their way into work and get promoted,
  • the effects of their presence on colleagues and corporations, and
  • the superficial similarities (and fundamental differences) between leadership skills and psychopathic traits.
The work is interlaced with fictional narrative illustrating how the factual content applies to real-life situations.

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I had been doing some reading on Psychopathy.

I first came across the book while going through a second hand store. I had previously been doing some research. It so happen the book cover image was something I recognized on the shelf,  so I  paid a sum of  $6.00.  I had thought what a deal. It's something I do when I scour second hand stores.  I am always heading directly for the books.

Anyway,  there are reasons that I had been doing this research.  It also raises some concern as to how people not qualified could have judged each other without really having the credentials for doing so. Not that anyone said I was, but it concerns me that one could lack that empathy and emotional force within. Have a disregard for how other people could be hurt emotionally by such callus.


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ABOUT  "I am <fishead(" MOVIE
by MISHA VOTRUBA and VACLAV DEJCMAR


Narrated by Peter Coyote


how psychopaths and antidepressants influence our society
a provocative snapshot of the world we live in



It is a well-known fact that our society is structured like a pyramid. The very few people at the top create conditions for the majority below. Who are these people? Can we blame them for the problems our society faces today? Guided by the saying "A fish rots from the head." we set out to follow that fishy odor. What we found out is that people at the top are more likely to be psychopaths than the rest of us.



Who, or what, is a psychopath? Unlike Hollywood's stereotypical image, they are not always blood-thirsty monsters from slasher movies. Actually, that nice lady who chatted you up on the subway this morning could be one. So could your elementary school teacher, your grinning boss, or even your loving boyfriend. The medical definition is simple: A psychopath is a person who lacks empathy and conscience, the quality which guides us when we choose between good and evil, moral or not. Most of us are conditioned to do good things. Psychopaths are not. Their impact on society is staggering, yet altogether psychopaths barely make up one percent of the population.
SEE:  "I am fishead

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WATCH#1 from fishead on Vimeo.


WATCH#2 from fishead on Vimeo.

See Also: Business-Scan (B-SCAN) by P. Babiak, Ph.D. & R. D. Hare, Ph.D.

3 comments:

Ulla said...

Closely related to the selfishness of narsicists. Psychopats are maybe few, but narsicists many.

Recognized by the chaos s/he creates, and the perfect attitude s/he shows up. The effect is seen in others.

Plato said...

Hi Ulla,

Yes my wife mentioned this as well.

Impact of healthy vs. destructive narcissism on organizations

In a sense I was wondering if society is facing extreme difficulties with these facets of personalities causing disruptions, as has been noted both in Psychopathy and as well as what you point out in Narcissism.

I was a little taken back by the idea of Human resources departments giving their executives these tests under the idea of B scan link located at bottom of blog posting.

But in the sense of protecting that Corporation one can see where this might benefit. Then, as well, one might wonder how labour might have parts of its executive structures also affected while working as a non profit in a union setting.

Best,

Plato said...

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