Kevin Dutton, author of "The Wisdom Of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success" compiled a list of the ten most common jobs to be held by a psychopath.

Exactly what is psychopathy? According to Psychology Today:

"Psychopathy is among the most difficult disorders to spot. The psychopath can appear normal, even charming. Underneath, they lack conscience and empathy, making them manipulative, volatile and often (but by no means always) criminal. They are an object of popular fascination and clinical anguish: psychopathy is largely impervious to treatment."

It's also been described this way:

“Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial character, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality."

So what are the most common jobs held by a psychopath? Keep in mind, if your job is on this list it doesn't make you a psychopath. But it does make it more likely that you could be working with one.

Most likely to be psychopathic:

  1. CEO
  2. Lawyer
  3. TV/radio personality
  4. Salesperson
  5. Surgeon
  6. Journalist
  7. Police Officer
  8. Clergyperson
  9. Chef
  10. Civil Servant

Least likely:

  1. Care aide
  2. Nurse
  3. Therapist
  4. Craftsperson
  5. Beautician/stylist
  6. Charity worker
  7. Teacher
  8. Artist
  9. Doctor
  10. Accountant

Does your job land on either one of these lists? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.