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Could Testing Block Psychopaths From Senior Management? 422

Freshly Exhumed writes "Dr. Clive Boddy believes that increasingly fluid corporate career paths have helped psychopaths conceal their disruptive workplace behavior and ascend to previously unattainable levels of authority. Boddy points out psychopaths are primarily attracted to money, status and power, currently found in unparalleled abundance in the global banking sector. As if to prove the point, many of the world's money traders self identify as the "masters of the universe." Solution? Screening with psychological tests. Who would pay for it? The insurance industry." The tech world has plenty of company heads who've been called psychopaths, too — but would you want to actually change that?
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Could Testing Block Psychopaths From Senior Management?

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  • by Crypto Gnome ( 651401 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @05:39PM (#42068651) Homepage Journal

    Or in a less knee-jerk way: have we verified that this is actually a problem? What issues arise from psychopaths being in these positions of authority? Is there a way we can mitigate those negative effects while still playing to the strengths of the psychopath?

    The characteristic lack of remorse or shame leads psychopaths to a fervent belief that "rules are for other people".

    This results in catastrophes like the recent Banking/Finance issues in the US and the recent "rogue trader" excesses (UBS, and others).

    "It's only against the law if you get caught" is a prime Directive of psychopaths.

    And yet somehow you think there's ANY reason we want these people running anything?

    Seriously folks, their behaviour is classed as antisocial for a reason, read the words - ANTI SOCIAL.


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