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Oxford research shows why psychopaths get ahead in business

first_imgResearch by an Oxford psychologist, indicates that being a psychopath is often beneficial in high-powered careers such as neurosurgery, the armed forces, and business.In their new book The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success, Oxford psychology professor Kevin Dutton and co-author Andy McNab demonstrate that psychopathic characteristics often found in high-level criminals, such as ruthlessness, a lack of emotional empathy and an ability to act on impulse in stressful situations, are actually identical to professional personalities in high-pressure jobs.Dutton gives an example of an interview he had with a neurosurgeon who described surgery as “a blood sport”. He explained, “If things go wrong in an operating theatre, you don’t want someone to start freaking out and panicking, you want someone to absolutely focus on the job in hand and not get fazed out, and also that kind of dispassionate distance that psychopaths have, that cold empathy that they display.”Flo Harris, a second-year experimental psychologist, stressed, “It is important to remember that it is a personality disorder and people present on a spectrum. The word ‘psychopath’ doesn’t tell you a lot about what those people might actually be like.”Dutton defined a psychopath as having, “a distinct cluster of personality traits which include ruthlessness, fearlessness, charm, charisma focus and a lack of conscience”. These traits are all found in the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, a psychological assessment used to distinguish psychopaths scored on a scale of 0-40 with 30 and above constituting psychopathy.In his research, Dutton distinguishes between dysfunctional psychopaths and those that can function within society. He stresses the difference between dysfunctional psychopaths, who are naturally violent, asocial, or unintelligent, and functional psychopaths, who are able to apply themselves to careers and relationships without being a danger to themselves or others. The latter category, Dutton suggests, could succeed in some of the most high-powered, well-paid positions in society.last_img read more

Michigan State Police: Be ready for winter roads with a few simple tips

first_img Pinterest Facebook By Tommie Lee – January 15, 2021 0 217 WhatsApp Michigan State Police: Be ready for winter roads with a few simple tips WhatsApp (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) With winter weather descending on the region, the Michigan State Police are reminding drivers to drive slow on the ice and snow.Troopers say there were 402 fatalities and 2,699 serious injuries on slick winter roads between 2015 and 2019.They say it’s easy to blame the weather but drivers have to take responsibility for winter driving safety, which is easy to do by following a few simple tips.They urge motorists to keep their cars well-maintained, be sure to clear off snow and ice that could slide onto cleared windows from the hood or roof, and be sure to keep the car supplied for an emergency.It’s also a good idea to make sure you know how to safely follow a snowplow.You can find more information by clicking here. Twitter Twitter IndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Facebook Google+ Google+ Previous articleConstruction to begin on Dunlap, Cleveland EPL branches WednesdayNext articleCounty, City facilities will remain closed to the public for now Tommie Leelast_img read more

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