Why Psychopaths Are Successful

Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:39 PM

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Can behaving like a psychopath boost your career or love life? A new book argues that the surprising answer could be yes.

"The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success," by best-selling author Andy McNab and Oxford University psychology professor Kevin Hutton is part popular science book, part self-help guide, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

"I wanted to debunk the myth that all psychopaths are bad," says Dutton. "I'd done research with the special forces, with surgeons, with top hedge fund managers and barristers. Almost all of them had psychopathic traits, but they’d harnessed them in ways to make them better at what they do."
 
The authors offer the following ways acting more like a psychopath could give you an advantage in everyday life situations:
 
In business: The ability psychopaths have to turn down their empathy and block out other concerns make them the best operators in high-pressure environments that require focus. Lack of fear, which characterizes psychopaths, can also help people in the work place, whether it's asking for a raise or picking up the phone to call someone you wouldn't otherwise.
 
In relationships: Fearlessness over being rejected can allow psychopaths to pursue love interests without concern that they will be hurt. The less worried you are, the more confident — and successful — you are likely to be in affairs of the heart. Ruthlessness and the confidence to step out on one's own can also give individuals the ability to pull out of bad relationships quickly.

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