- "Most of us have an image of psychopathy that's inaccurate -- we think of the killer, a crazy person ... the fact is, psychopathy is a personality disorder that may or may not result in criminal behavior."
- "Squint at the symptoms of psychopathy, and in a different light they can appear as simple office politics or entrepreneurial prowess."
- "They can't get any one thing done because they're prone to boredom, but that can be easily called 'multitasking.'"
- "Risk-taking can be beneficial. A lack of empathy can be beneficial, if you need to make a rational-based decision."
I saw this today and immediately thought of you. Especially funny is the interactive flash quiz at the top, where it you can answer questions about your boss to find out if he/she is a psychopath. It comes replete with scary pictures, including Christian Bale's "American Psycho" dvd cover. On a more serious note, I find that knowledge of psychopathy, and all it entails, is slowly creeping into society's collective conscience. The word is used conversationally, with increasing accuracy, by the general public, and mentioned increasingly often in movies / on tv. Perhaps you can write a post regarding this phenomenon? Personally, I am dismayed by this pattern, and hope it is just my imagination playing tricks on me, because I have always relished the complete ignorance of psychopathy's very EXISTENCE most people display.
There does seem to be something of a trend, doesn't there? There's the "Occupy Wall Street guy, the remake of American Psycho starring (possibly? please be true, rumor mill) someone famous for acting like a psychopath. Next up should be a book, of course by me. Then a scripted television show, about my life. Then a reality television show, which I will produce. And then cashing out and becoming a life coach. At least that is my five year plan. Maybe the extra publicity will be bad for the average psychopath, but it's sort of a prisoner's dilemma situation, is it not?
But realistically, will being aware of the existence of psychopaths really change the way people live their lives? Just because I'm aware of the dangers of automobile travel, does that mean that I do not travel in a car? At a certain point, all of the information about the baddies (terrorists, murderers, rapists, white collar criminals) and the health risks (cancer, AIDS, accidental death, mental disease) in the world just becomes background noise. Adding one more thing to worry about will not affect the way most people go about their lives. I don't think about cancer daily. Then again, I might if I actually got diagnosed with cancer.