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1 in 5 business leaders may have psychopathic tendencies—here’s why, according to a psychology professor

Source | www-cnbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org | Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

“I am a thrill seeker.”

“I like to get revenge on authorities.”

“I never feel guilty.”

“People who mess with me always regret it.”

If you think any of the statements above describe you, then you most likely have a tendency to display antisocial, callous and reckless behaviors. According a study dating back to 2010, there were at least three times as many psychopaths in executive or CEO roles than in the overall population. But more recent data found it’s now a much higher figure: 20 percent.

Spotting a psychopath

Narcissism involves an unrealistic sense of grandiosity and superiority, manifested in the form of vanity, self-admiration and delusions of talent. Here are the main characteristics of narcissistic and toxic bosses:

1. They often crave validation and recognition from others. This is primarily because their self-esteem is high but fragile. Bosses who constantly show off are probably desperate for others’ admiration.

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