These are the Top Ten Careers that Breed Psychopaths

We hope we don’t ruin your next date by releasing this info.


The Wisdom of Psychopaths by renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton explores what saints, spies and serial killers can teach us about success; “that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit.”

And these are top 10 careers it claims breed psychopaths:

– CEOs
– Lawyers
– Media professionals
– Salespeople
– Surgeons
– Journalists
– Police Officers
– Clergypeople
– Chefs
– Civil Servants

But before you worry about the chef at your favourite restaurant turning into the next Robert Durst, it’s important to note that the definition of psychopath isn’t synonymous with literally being an American Psycho.

According to Wikipedia, psychopathy is considered a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behaviour, diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited or bold behaviour.

Factors that these particular professions have in common include possessing power and a necessity to reach critical conclusions and decisions divorced from emotion.

Jobs that are least likely to evoke psychopathy include:

– Care Aides
– Nurses
– Therapists
– Craftspeople
– Beauticians/Stylists
– Charity Workers
– Teachers
– Creative Artists
– Doctors
– Accountants

Quite the relief, because we’d have quite the conundrum if therapists were treating psychopaths while possessing psychopathic traits themselves.