Psychopaths lurk among us.  They’re no threat to society.  In fact, they are some of the community’s most upstanding citizens.  Dr. Kevin Dutton is a research psychologist at Oxford University in England.  He has spent years studying psychopaths, and has compiled a list of the professions with most and least psychopaths.


1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil servant


1. Care aide
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautician/Stylist
6. Charity worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant

This requires an understanding of what a psychopath is.  Dutton says that ”a number of psychopathic attributes [are] actually more common in business leaders than in so-called disturbed criminals — attributes such as superficial charm, egocentricity, persuasiveness, lack of empathy, independence, and focus.”  Can’t imagine that you want a surgeon who doesn’t have an extreme ability to focus.  And to be a successful CEO, you need all of those attributes in spades.

So…are YOU a psychopath?  Dr. Dutton came up with a simple questionnaire with 11 questions.  Go here to access Dutton’s website: scroll down and on the left is a red box that reads: Take the Psychopath Challenge.