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The 10 Most Psychopathic Professions

The 10 Most Psychopathic Professions


Some job categories hold more than their fair share of psychopaths.

Kevin Dutton, a research psychologist at Oxford University, has identified the jobs that are most and least likely to be held by psychopathic people.

According to his data, you might want to avoid CEOs! Lawyers and entertainers are also more psychopathic than the average person. Chefs can be pretty scary too, although they’re “only” 9th on the list of most psychopathic professionals.

At the other end of the spectrum, nurses and teachers are among the least likely to have psychopathy.

Definition of “Psychopathy”

Psychopathy is not an entry in DSM 5, the latest diagnostic manual used in psychology. In mainstream psychology though, psychopathy is a personality disorder that’s characterized by shallow emotions (especially reduced fear), a lack of empathy, self-centeredness, impulsivity, irresponsibility, a lack of guilt, manipulativeness, and other anti-social behaviors.

Here’s a chart of the 10 least and most psychopathic professions:

10 Most Psychopathic Professions - Kevin Dutton, Oxford University

You can buy Kevin Dutton’s book “The Wisdom of Psychopaths” on Amazon.

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