Οι Ψυχοπαθείς Δίπλα Σου

29 Μαρτίου 2009 | Κανένα σχόλιο

Σύμφωνα με ένα άρθρο που διάβασα στο New Yorker, μέχρι και ένας στους εκατό ενήλικες μπορεί να είναι ψυχοπαθής. Η ψυχοπάθεια, όμως, δεν είναι μια ασθένεια σαν τη σχιζοφρένεια, που μπορεί να διαγνωσθεί σχετικά εύκολα, κι έχει κάποια συμπτώματα εμφανή. Ένας ψυχοπαθής μπορεί να ζει κανονικότατα στην κοινωνία χωρίς προβλήματα -σε συγκεκριμένες περιπτώσεις η πάθησή του μπορεί και να τον διευκολύνει να γίνει πετυχημένος στον τομέα του.

Hare has published two books that translate some of the concepts of psychopathy for a general audience and attempt to teach people how to identify the “successful psychopaths” in their midst. In the introduction to “Without Conscience,” he writes, “It is very likely that at some point in your life you will come into painful contact with a psychopath. For your own physical, psychological, and financial well-being it is crucial that you know how to identify the psychopath.” Among the professions likely to attract psychopaths, he writes, are law enforcement, the military, politics, and medicine, although he notes that these have norms and are self-policing. The most agreeable vocation for psychopaths, according to Hare, is business. In his second book, “Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work,” written with Paul Babiack, Hare flirts with pop psychology when he points out that many traits that may be desirable in a corporate context, such as ruthlessness, lack of social conscience, and single-minded devotion to success, would be considered psychopathic outside of it.