When is Psychopathy Adaptive in the Workplace?

I admire researchers who have the courage to explore deeply unpopular questions. Here’s a good example: when is psychopathy helpful?

Thus, there appears to be some credence to the notion of a “psychopathic advantage” in that primary psychopaths do have access to greater psychological resources than their peers under abusive supervision.

Hurst, Simon, Jung, & Pirouz

Read Are “Bad” Employees Happier Under Bad Bosses? Differing Effects of Abusive Supervision on Low and High Primary Psychopathy Employees in the Journal of Business Ethics.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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