Wednesday 6 July 2016

An army of powerful psychopaths

"Assholes: A Theory. Formally stated, “The asshole (1) allows himself to enjoy special advantages and does so systematically; (2) does this out of an entrenched sense of entitlement; and (3) is immunized by his sense of entitlement against the complaints of other people."

"Offices and corporate environments are crazy-making. The air is weird. You’re working within a structure that has no moral compass and can only measure things like money, and not things like proportion of staff who can still feel happiness or percentage wanting to kill yourself in a staff meeting. There’s that girl who’s on a diet but insists on bringing everyone cupcakes and watching them eat the cupcakes no really I insist ha ha ha ha ha. There’s the guy who runs in to work and leaves his sweaty bike shorts under his desk where their moist funk exudes a mist that occludes his office windows. Everyone’s mad" 

The environment is disturbingly familiar...

"According to psychologist Robert Hare, about one in 100 members of the general population meet the criteria for psychopathy. A lot of those are working in corporate firms."

...and the conclusions ring worryingly true.

"But if you are a socio/psychopath, you’re in luck! The numbers don’t lie! You’re more likely to do well in a corporate environment! Which is the kind of doing well that sociopaths LOVE THE MOST! Being a sociopath or a psychopath is not quite as good a roll of the dice in terms of statistical likelihood of corporate success as being born white in an upper middle-class family, but it’s a decent boost. And remember you can be both!"