With any job, there are always those coworkers that seem a little bit off. Perhaps it's the gal who sends you a chastising e-mail for your "improper use of mailing labels," or the guy who beats the vending machine when his Doritos get stuck. Despite the crazy-making habits of most professions, it turns out that some jobs are far more likely to attract psychopaths than others.
While most of us associate the word "psychopath" with axe-murderers or our exes, the definition is more liberal than the common usage would have us believe. According to PsychCentral, psychopaths are broadly described as "people who use manipulation, violence and intimidation to control others and satisfy selfish needs." Psychopaths are often charismatic and smart, but don't feel a lot of guilt, remorse, or anxiety over their actions.
In his recent book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, Oxford psychologist Kevin Dutton notes that "a number of psychopathic attributes [are] actually more common in
business leaders than in so-called disturbed criminals -- attributes
such as superficial charm, egocentricity, persuasiveness, lack of
empathy, independence, and focus." Journalist is high up on the list, most likely due to our big egos, and our inability to mingle at parties in a non-awkward manner.
Here are the jobs with the most nut jobs:
3. Media (Television/Radio)
7. Police Officer
8. Clergy person
10. Civil Servant
And the jobs with the lowest rates of psychopathy:
1. Care Aide
6. Charity Worker
8. Creative Artist
You'll notice that the lowest ranking professions are ones requiring you to care about others. You'll also notice that the highest rates of psychopathy are found in positions of power and those with the most authority over our lives and bodies.
A small comfort: The next time someone makes fun of you for being an artist, be sure to send them a link to this.