• Helen Manson

Do you suspect your boss or co-worker may be a psychopath?

We've all worked with 'challenging' people - but has it ever been so extreme you've found yourself questioning their mental state?

Have you ever worked with (or may still be working with) an individual who appears to have the ability to lie effortlessly, to the point where they believe the lie to be true?

If so, you may very well be working with a psychopath, especially if you work in one of the following professions (courtesy of author, Eric Baker):

1. CEO

2. Lawyer (apologies to our lovely clients - we didn't put this list together!)

3. Media (Television/Radio)

4. Salesperson

5. Surgeon

6. Journalist

7. Police officer

8. Clergy person

9. Chef

10. Civil servant

If alarm bells are beginning to ring, you may want to consider if the individual you're thinking of demonstrates any of these psychopathic traits:

  • superficial charm;

  • a grandiose notion of self-worth;

  • the need for stimulation and impulsiveness;

  • pathological lying;

  • the ability to manipulate others; and

  • a lack of remorse and empathy.

Are those alarm bells getting louder?

Psychopaths tend to do a lot of acting to deceive, or mimic normal reactions, sometimes changing their views and reactions quickly.

For example, self-professed psychopath Jacob Wells said that upon meeting someone, he tries to become 'the most interesting person they know' and presumably adopts suitable interests and responses to do this.

Generally psychopaths' 'emotions' are shallow and short-lived and there is a manipulative ulterior motive to showing them.

For example, Mr Wells said he offers to do favours and tells false secrets to people to gain their complete trust.

He says: 'I keep secrets, and tell them fake secrets to further gain their trust, and once they trust me enough, I ask for favours, reminding them of the favours I did them. I can get literally anything from them, which is incredibly useful.'

Does Jacob sound like some-one you work with?

Well, at least there may be a reason for their behaviour. It doesn't make it right though.

If you feel like you're being treated unfairly, you probably are, even if you're being told you're not.

And if you're thinking this article has come a little out of left-field. It has. We just couldn't face anything more on GDPR.

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