CEOs top the list of psychopaths

Some of the most highly regarded occupations are held by a disproportionate number of psychopaths.

A Uk study says some of society’s most highly regarded occupations are held by a disproportionate number of psychopaths.

JOHANNESBURG - A survey conducted by UK psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals some of society's most highly regarded occupations are held by a disproportionate number of psychopaths.

According to Dutton's study, the Great British Psychopath Survey, the ten professions most likely to be held by psychopaths are:

  1. CEO

  1. Lawyer

  1. Media (TV/radio)

  1. Salesperson

  1. Surgeon

  1. Journalist

  1. Police officer

  1. Clergyperson

  1. Chef

  1. Civil servant

South African clinical psychologist Eddie Woolf explains a psychopath is not necessarily someone who goes around killing people, but rather a person who has an anti-social personality.

Woolf told Talk@Nine that a psychopath has certain characteristics and if a person demonstrates three or more of these characteristics, then that person is anti-social.

"Psychopaths are deceitful, impulsive, aggressive, irritable, irresponsible, lack remorse and they fail to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviour. These kind of people only care about themselves."

Woolf said the behaviour of people in the above professions isn't transparent.

"These types of people love power and hate other people with power so they would work hard to destroy those people. Having said that, none of this means that every lawyer or journalist is a psychopath. There just appears to be an overlap between psychopathic personality traits and the types of people who go into the above professions."