Wednesday, 27 August 2014

How to get ahead in life: Be a sociopath!

I'm joking people!  I don't really mean that you should become a sociopath if you want to do well in this life.  I'm simply highlighting that sociopathy and what is often deemed as 'a successful life' are positively correlated.  They are positively correlated in two ways: 1) by social prestige; 2) by monetary income.  It's these two standards that you will do well in if you are a sociopath.  "Where is the evidence for these claims?" I hear you cry, well that's coming right up.

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.

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

And let's see how that list of 'psychopathic careers' correlates with a list of 'respected careers':

Occupations by prestige (NORC)[edit]

The list of occupations by prestige assembled by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) is the one most commonly used. The list[9] includes over 800 occupations, but only the top 20 with the highest prestige scores are listed here.
Prestige scores
Computer systems analyst or scientist73.70
Physicist or astronomer73.48
Chemist (except biochemist)73.33
Chemical engineer73.30
Biological or life scientist73.14
Physical scientist, not elsewhere classified73.09
Engineer (not elsewhere classified)70.69
Chief executive or general administrator, public administration70.45
Geologist or geodesist69.75
Manager, medicine and health69.22
Aerospace engineer69.22
Civil engineer68.81


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 £30,000
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
So 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).

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.



  1. St. Paul had it right: "The love [actually lust] for money is the root of all evil."

  2. Yeah, loving/lusting-after/desiring money is no good thing. God came first, ergo he didn't need to acquire anything, ergo he didn't need any money in order to acquire anything. Money is contingent on the existence of people, other things outside of oneself, and if one is in anyway dependent upon other people then one is not God, and so ceases to be God.

    God came/comes/will-come (past, present & future because God existed before time) first everything else came second, so to be as God is one must be like God, which means being in-different to money more than over-valuing it (either over-valuing it by idolising it or hating it).

    Alas though, quite often that is easier said than done. Seeing money as being secondary to the point of irrelevance can be quite challenging. If you're super-rich and seek the more valuable things in life; or if are super-poor and spend your life saving every penny. Whatever your situation it's guarenteed to be a challenge!

  3. Great post. Well done.