Are We Crazy?

via (A picture of Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) from American Psycho via 1991.

via (A picture of Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) from American Psycho via 1991.

Mediabistro posted this story on Friday and it really surprised me.

Journalism is Among Top 10 Occupations to Most Likely Attract Psychopaths” points the reader to a book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, which “outlines several fields which are more likely to attract psychopaths than others.”

Check out the book here.

Or check out a review of the book from the Guardian here.

Here is Dutton in a sound clip at the Scientific American.

The worst part? Media jobs are ranked third on the list, with journalists in seventh place.

via the article

Without further ado, here’s the list of occupations with the highest rates of psychopathy:

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

As for 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”

Now, I’ve always called myself crazy, but I never really thought I’d ever see anything like this. Still, it’s pretty astounding.

I mean, we call other people crazy without thinking. We probably do it more than we think. I know I don’t think twice about it and I never have. In many ways, it’s a part of who we are.

Are you a psychopath? Take the challenge on Dutton’s website.

For a contradiction of Dutton’s book go here.

It’s all interesting to think about. I’m not saying all journalists are crazy, but I’m not ruling it out. We do see and do things that normal people don’t.

This is just another thing to think about.



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