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A neuroscientist and his psychopathic brain

James Fallon, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry, human behavior, anatomy and neurobiology, discovered that his own brain matches the brains of diagnosed psychopaths. In this radio interview, he talks about psychopaths, their brains, and why he didn’t turn into an exploiter.

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This came across my facebook page yesterday, it is from Forbes Magazine. Chilling to me since my ex was clergy and studied for a year in law school.

The Top 10 Jobs That Attract Psychopaths

Everyone I have ever worked with has, at some point, called another colleague or coworker “crazy.” But does your job actually attract true psychopaths? In the book “The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success,” Kevin Dutton explains that there are jobs that can attract literal psychopaths ”“ and also jobs that are least likely to do so.

It’s important to note that a psychopathic person isn’t necessarily one that is set out to kill others (even though you might feel as such on a Wednesday afternoon in the office.) In reality, psychopaths merely ”“ and typically ”“ just lack emotions and empathy, or the ability to identify with others. Dutton has said 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.”

This may explain why many of the jobs attractive to psychopaths ”“ such as CEO’s, salespeople and media types ”“ are often found in the tech industry.

So what jobs are most attractive to psychopaths? Here’s the list, originally published online by Eric Barker:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil servant

And for those looking to potentially avoid working with the least number of psychopaths, here’s the list of occupations with the lowest rates of psychopathy:

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

I like your post.

However, I would move “creative artist” over to the other side of the page.

This would include actors, producers, directors, musicians, and most creative areas. Since they have a different brain for their “art” I believe there is a higher probability for a mood disorder and/or a personality disorder.

I was married to a “musician” and the arrogance and entitlement that most of these folks display is nauseating. I tired of his demands from me to flatter him endlessly. I was relieved to unload this big baby out of my life!

Therapists should be in both columns.

Also, I work for a company that deals with surgeons. I have never seen a LARGER group in ONE profession that is so evil.

Selfish, arrogant, entitled, and pathological liars.

Scary to think what they may be telling their patients! Terrifying to think of the power they have and the money they make off sick people.

No wonder our health care system is so corrupt.

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