Managers, conservatives, Europeans and the non-religious show higher levels of psychopathic traits

 

 

 

Christian Jarrett

BPS Research Digest

August 31, 2014

 

 

Mention psychopathic personality traits and the mind turns to criminals. The archetype is a callous killer who entraps his victims with a smile and easy charm. However, recent years have seen an increasing recognition that psychopathic traits are on a continuous spectrum in all of us (akin to other personality factors like extraversion), that they don't always manifest in criminality, and that in certain contexts, they may even confer advantages.

This perspective is captured in the title of psychologist Kevin Dutton's recent book The Wisdom of Psychopaths, and in the article published earlier this year in The Psychologist magazine: "On the trail of the elusive successful psychopath".

 

Full article at http://digest.bps.org.uk/2014/08/managers-conservatives-europeans-and.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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