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How many politicians are psychopaths?

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How many politicians are psychopaths?

Postby ruggie » Sat 3 Sep 2011 11:18 GMT

Here's a summary of a short article I've just read in a UK newspaper:

Psychopaths lack moral instincts, but many can hide this by their ability to charm and manipulate seniors and subordinates. Couched in the right business language, that charm sounds like charismatic leadership. A recent study suggests that 1 in 25 company bosses could be a psychopath.


I wonder what the ratio is for politicians who rise to cabinet or shadow cabinet office?
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Postby Dave » Sat 3 Sep 2011 12:35 GMT

Sounds a bit spurious to me, Ruggie.

Whose study, where, and on what basis? What size of company? And how do they define "psychopath" anyway?

Out of interest, which newspaper was it?
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Postby ruggie » Sat 3 Sep 2011 16:31 GMT

Torygraph. A filler paragraph pre-announcing the content of this week's BBC Horizon program. Doesn't specify the study, but quotes corroborating comment by a New York psychologist. No indication of where he works or of his reputation.
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