Being a psychopath can lead you to success in life.
Best-selling author and self-proclaimed psychopath Andy McNab and Oxford psychology professor Kevin Dutton claim this is a fact true in their latest book The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success.
While explaining the purpose of the book, Dutton said, “I wanted to debunk the myth that all psychopaths are bad. I’d done research with the Special Forces, with surgeons, with top hedge fund managers and barristers. Almost all of them had psychopathic traits, but they’d harnessed them in ways to make them better at what they do.”
Some of the common character traits all psychopaths share include enduring antisocial behavior, impulsivity, increased self-confidence, diminished empathy and remorse, and bold behavior due to fearlessness and ruthlessness.
The authors argue in the book that these traits can help you achieve success in business and relationships, and they do make some great points. For example, psychopaths can succeed in business because lack of empathy enables them focus more and block out concerns which inhibit their path to goal. In fact, a study even claims that one in 25 business leaders could be a psychopath.
Self-confidence and fearlessness are the traits which can help you in relationships.
However, the authors also seem to be aware of the adverse effects of psychopathic traits. According to Dutton, “There’s no one thing that makes a psychopath. You want to think of those traits being like the dials on a studio mixing desk, that you can turn up and down in different situations – if they’re all turned up to maximum, then you’re a dysfunctional psychopath.”
If you are a psychopath, be sure to turn the dials down if it starts going against your interests.