THEORY: It sounds like a great idea to hire a psychopath as long as they’re ambitious and will leave for another job after a couple of years.
SUGGESTIVE EVIDENCE: This June 14, 2007 report in the Tasmania Mercury (which we referred to two days ago):
“Psychopaths are very comfortable in successful corporations because they are actually rewarded for their behaviour.
“In business you are encouraged to make money for the company and if you appear to be doing whatever it takes to make money, you are often promoted.
“They are seen as rising employees who are full of energy and creativity.”
But behind the facade, such workers were “ego-centric, grandiose, pathological liars with a lack of conscience, remorse and guilt”, Dr Clarke said.