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Two different subtypes of psychopaths

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Keywords: work psychology, dark triad, psychopath, leaders, leadership

Previous studies have found that in terms of psychopathy

  • About 1.2% of the adult population suffers from psychopathy
  • Estimates are that about 89% of the prison population have psychopathic tendencies and approximately 25% have been diagnosed with trait psychopathy
  • Approximately 21% of executive level leaders also show psychopathic symptoms

This research briefing looks at a new study that finds that there are two different types of psychopath. One of which is associated to high functioning successful psychopaths most commonly found in senior management positions in organisations.

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