Geeks, MOPs, and Sociopaths
“Rao postulates three groups in any organization: the Clueless, the Losers, and the Sociopaths. The Clueless mistakenly believe that the organization is actually supposed to do whatever it pretends to be for: selling widgets, saving endangered herons, or educating school-children, for instance. They are dedicated to this mission and work hard, and creatively, to further it. The Losers have a job because they need a paycheck; their motivation is to make work reasonably pleasant in exchange for minimal effort. The Sociopaths recognize the reality that the organization is just the setting for a power game played among themselves. Nobody really cares about widgets, herons, or other people’s children. The Losers also understand this, but don’t have what it takes to play the game.”
Sociopaths & psychopaths often treat others as if they weren’t real. As if everyone else were a cardboard cutout or a non-player character in a video game.
Not all psychopaths are criminals
How do Psychopaths See the World Around Them?
Are you a Psychopath or Narcissist? Self test online.
Leaders with psychopathic traits could transform you into an office bully
wrt why people follow psychopaths:
Mind control through emotional domination: How we’re all being manipulated by the “crisis of the NOW”
PDF: The Myth Of the Innocent Civilian.
Self-Deception. Between Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience
Inference of Intention and Permissibility in Moral Decision Making
narcissism in performance settings
Values, Goals, and Motivations Associated with Psychopathy
How a toxic boss can ruin your career: Leaders with psychopathic traits could transform you into an office bully
“The Wisdom of Psychopaths”
Crazy at the wheel: psychopathic CEOs are rife in Silicon Valley, experts say
Scientists say most people are NOT as kind as they think they are
Psychopaths Rule Our World, including religious leaders.
From Democracy to Pathocracy: The Rise of the Political Psychopath
‘Psychopaths Rule Our World – Medicine, Politics and War’
The Startling Accuracy of Referring to Politicians as ‘Psychopaths’
“In the realm of Democracy politics, in which the object of the game is to sell 51% of the brain-dead public on the idea of voting for you, the psychopath will rise to the top more easily than an honest man; just as a 6′ 5″ basketball player will rise to the NBA more easily than a 5′ 11″ player. It is very difficult for a good man to compete with someone who is willing to lie, cheat, make empty promises and take bribes in order to win an election.”
‘Snakes in suits: When psychopaths go to work.’
Babiak, Paul; Hare, Robert D.
‘…a compelling, frightening, and scientifically sound look at exactly how psychopaths work in the corporate environment: what kind of companies attract them, how they negotiate the hiring process, and how they function day by day. You’ll learn how they apply their “instinctive” manipulation techniques–assessing potential targets, controlling influential victims, and abandoning those no longer useful–to business processes such as hiring, political command and control, and executive succession, all while hiding within the corporate culture. It’s a must read for anyone in the business world, because whatever level you’re at, you’ll learn the subtle warning signs of psychopathic behavior and be able to protect yourself and your company–before it’s too late.’
‘A study out of Great Britain last year using a psychopathic survey to assess the presence of psychopathic traits within the national workforce showed that CEO’s, politicians, media honchos, lawyers, surgeons, military generals, police officers and the clergy all scored highest. Generally any line of work characterized by a hierarchical infrastructure that places those in positions of power ruling over others with relative impunity proves to be the most fertile ground attracting those with a psychopathic personality.’
“Temporal lobe abnormalities in semantic processing by criminal psychopaths as revealed by functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Kiehl KA1, Smith AM, Mendrek A, Forster BB, Hare RD, Liddle PF.
“We tested the hypothesis that psychopathy is associated with abnormalities in semantic processing of linguistic information. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to elucidate and characterize the neural architecture underlying lexico-semantic processes in criminal psychopathic individuals and in a group of matched control participants. Participants performed a lexical decision task in which blocks of linguistic stimuli alternated with a resting baseline condition. In each lexical decision block, the stimuli were either concrete words and pseudowords or abstract words and pseudowords. Consistent with our hypothesis, psychopathic individuals, relative to controls, showed poorer behavioral performance for processing abstract words.”
Our world is run by psychopaths
Too Late for the Pebbles to Vote, Part 1
“There’s a pattern most observers of human interaction have noticed, common enough to have earned its own aphorism: “nice guys finish last.” Or, refactored, “bad actors are unusually good at winning.” The phenomenon shows up in business, in politics, in war, in activism, in religion, in parenting, in nearly every collaborative form of human undertaking. If some cooperative effort generates a valuable resource, tangible or intangible, some people will try to subvert the effort in order to divert more of that resource to themselves. Money, admiration, votes, information, regulatory capacity, credibility, influence, authority: all of these and more are vulnerable to capture.”