Antisocial Personality Disorder

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Antisocial Personality Disorder

Modern diagnostic systems consider Antisocial Personality Disorder to include two related but not identical conditions: A “psychopath” is someone whose hurtful actions toward others tend to reflect calculation, manipulation and cunning; they also tend not to feel emotion and mimic (rather than experience) empathy for others. It is a severe form of ASPD. They can be deceptively charismatic and charming. By contrast, “sociopaths” are somewhat more able to form attachments to others but still disregard social rules; they tend to be more impulsive, haphazard, and easily agitated than people with psychopathy. ASPD affects 2% to 4% of the population and is more common in men.


Pagan, Camille Noe. 2020. Antisocial Personality Disorder. WebMD.

“I’m just saying that statistically, a psychopath is more likely to end up as a CEO than serial killer.”

-Jennifer Lynn Barnes-

“But when it comes to the corporate world, non-violent, corporate psychopaths are not running from the law, but instead, rushing to the executive suite. One route to grabbing power for the highly intelligent psychopath is to climb the corporate ladder. There is a real chance that at some point a chief financial officer will be confronted with a psychopathic boss. Roughly 4% to as high as 12% of CEOs exhibit psychopathic traits, according to some expert estimates, many times more than the 1% rate found in the general population and more in line with the 15% rate found in prisons.”


McCullough, Jack. 2019. The Psychopathic CEO.

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