A publication called Barking Up the Wrong Tree has come up with the top ten careers for psychopaths, and the top ten for their complete opposite. And yes, the broadcast media made the psychopath list, and if you add in other job classifications that one might find at group HQ, the number swells to five of the top 10, and even six or seven for some media outlets.
The article, credited to Eric Barker, sets the stage with the following definition: “Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial char, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality.”
Occupations that do not require an empathetic relationship with others, and which in fact reward the ability to make decisions without allowing such considerations to weigh heavily, both attract those loosely meeting the definition and often reward them for those qualities.
CEO is the job title most likely to be filled by a psychopath. Here’s the top 10 list:
3. Media (TV/radio)
7. Police Office
10. Civil Servant
Note that a typical broadcast group will include on its roster a CEO, lawyers, media people, salespeople and journalists. It it’s a religious group, it will likely have clergy on hand, and if it delves into home and lifestyle programming, there may well be some chefs around the place. A science and health specialty broadcaster may employ a surgeon, and at a public outlet, there might even be a civil servant or too.
In other words, a broadcast group could conceivably have nine of these occupations, which might inevitably lead to the entrance of the final one, police officer, because there’s likely no way to enclose nine types of psychopath into the same enclosed place without the eventual commission of one kind of crime or another.
Here is the list of least-psychopathic jobs:
1. Care aide
6. Charity worker
8. Creative Artist
Out of this group, you might find a creative artist or an accountant at a broadcasting company – and they are probably barely surviving their daily contact with the host of psychopaths noted on the first list.
RBR-TVBR observation: All I know is this: You would be wise to take care in your dealings with me. I am a journalist, and therefore, a psychopath! There’s no telling WHAT I might do! Mwahahahahahahahaha!!