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Does your career attract psychopaths?

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A psychologist recently ranked the top ten careers for psychopaths and the results were pretty interesting.

Making headlines is our job, but usually we try to stay out of them. According to psychologist Kevin Dutton, journalists and television media professionals could be the headlines.

He created a top ten list of careers for psychopaths. On that list, television or radio media is number three while journalist is number six.

Where do you stand?

CEO's are the most likely, according to Dutton. Some of the other top psychopathic prospects are salespeople, surgeons, and police officers. Watch your food, chefs made the list at number nine.

Dutton explains, "when psychologists talk about psychopaths, what we're referring to are people who have a distinct set of personality characteristics, which include things like ruthlessness, fearlessness, mental toughness, charm, persuasiveness and a lack of conscience and empathy."

The least likely to be a psychopath, are care aides, nurses, and therapists.

Your hair should be safe with your stylist and your children with their teacher, too.

Though surgeons are likely on the list of psychopaths, doctors, on the other hand, are not.

So, where you make a killing, might really be where you make a killing, according to Dutton.

Dutton also wrote a book about the subject called "The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach us About Success."

Dutton claims the professions that seem to have the most psychopaths are:

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

Dutton also lists the following professions as least attractive to psychopaths:

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

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