Sociopathy is Correlated with Social Prestige:
The prevalence of psychopaths in the general public is around 1 percent, making it unlikely that you are working with one or a group of psychopaths.And let's see how that list of 'psychopathic careers' correlates with a list of 'respected careers':
But certain professions are more likely to attract psychopaths than others because of the nature and skills required to do the job successfully, according to an AOL story.
Psychologist Kevin Dutton wrote in his book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success about certain job fields that attract psychopaths.
The following jobs have the highest rate of psychopaths, according to Dutton’s research:
1. Chief Executive Officer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
7. Police officer
8. Clergy person
10. Civil servant
Occupations by prestige (NORC)The list of occupations by prestige assembled by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) is the one most commonly used. The list includes over 800 occupations, but only the top 20 with the highest prestige scores are listed here.
Prestige scores Occupation Prestige Physicians 86.05 Lawyer 74.77 Computer systems analyst or scientist 73.70 Teacher 73.51 Physicist or astronomer 73.48 Chemist (except biochemist) 73.33 Chemical engineer 73.30 Architects 73.15 Biological or life scientist 73.14 Physical scientist, not elsewhere classified 73.09 Professor 71.79 Judge 71.49 Engineer (not elsewhere classified) 70.69 Chief executive or general administrator, public administration 70.45 Geologist or geodesist 69.75 Psychologist 69.39 Manager, medicine and health 69.22 Aerospace engineer 69.22 Clergy 68.96 Civil engineer 68.81
What do you notice about these two lists? Some similarity between the them perhaps? It certainly seems that way. Surgeons, clergy, CEOs, lawyers are all occupations that are both respected by society and positively correlated with psychopathy.
What can we conclude from this observation then? Well it seems simple enough to me: that modern Western society presently values psychopathic mentality.
Sociopathy is Correlated with Monetary Income:
Next we look at a list of the most highly paid careers. Hmm, I wonder what we shall see? Yet more psychopaths in the list perhaps?! Below are the top 30 highest earning salaries in the USA:
Occupation title (click on the occupation title to view its profile) Annual mean wage Anesthesiologists $235,070 Surgeons $233,150 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $218,960 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $212,570 Orthodontists $196,270 Physicians and Surgeons $191,880 Internists, General $188,440 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $187,200 Family and General Practitioners $183,940 Psychiatrists $182,660 Chief Executives $178,400 Pediatricians, General $170,530 Dentists, All Other Specialists $170,340 Dentists $168,870 Dentists, General $164,570 Nurse Anesthetists $157,690 Petroleum Engineers $149,180 Architectural and Engineering Managers $136,540 Podiatrists $135,070 Marketing Managers $133,700 Natural Sciences Managers $132,850 Computer and Information Systems Managers $132,570 Lawyers $131,990 Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks $130,580 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $129,600 Prosthodontists $128,310 Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers $128,070 Financial Managers $126,660 Marketing and Sales Managers $126,640
So as you can see if you want to get ahead in life in the modern western world, it pays to be a sociopath!
Some of you may protest slightly and think "Well maybe this is just a modern phenomenon, a sign of the decadent times. It wouldn't have been like this in the good old days, before the [insert your pet-hate group like Cultural Marxists or Feminists] got control over society. Back then people valued empathy over sociopathy." While I'd like to agree with that sentiment, it doesn't seem to be the case. We can find this out by simply looking at the highest earners of the 19th century (before the Marxists, feminists etc came into being) and compare them with the highest earners of the 21st century, and if we see some similarities then we know that what society values, in terms of careers, hasn't changed all that much over two centuries.
If we compare the most high earning careers of 21st century USA with the most high earning careers of 19th century UK, then we will see that lawyers, judges, surgeons etc were the top earners in society who earned substantially more than the working class. (Though the USA can be accused of many social injustices Economic Inequality is not really one of them, not in comparison to the British Empire anyway. The list below shows that in Victorian Britain the middle-classes earned around 6-32 times what the working classes did; and the upper-classes earned 400-1200 times what the working classes did):
Aristocrats £30,000So we can see that Western (Anglo) society rewarded, in monetary terms, the same occupations back in the 1800s as it does in the 2000s. Which means that in all probability sociopathy has been correlated with social success (in Western culture anyway, it may or may not be the case in other cultures) for a good few hundred years. Ergo cultural vandals (like feminists) can't solely be to blame for rise of sociopathy. (But that's not to say that they aren't responsible for some rise in the acceptance of sociopathy).
Merchants, bankers £10,000
Middle-class (doctors, lawyers, clerks) £300-800
Lower middle-class (head teachers, journalists, shopkeepers, etc.) £150-300
Skilled workers (carpenters, typesetters,etc.) £75-100
Sailors and domestic staff £40-75
Laborers, soldiers £25
All in all this shows that sociopathy is positively correlated with social prestige and monetary income, and has been for quite some time. It also shows that if you want to 'get ahead in life', i.e. be successful according to the standards of society then you need to be more sociopathic not less. Of course just because society proclaims that 'social prestige' and 'monetary income' are good metrics, indicators, of a good human being doesn't mean that they actually are. They are just metrics by which things are judged. Use your own ruler, your own judgement, rather than letting someone else measure and determine goodness for you.