According to a 2018 study, the Washington DC area has a higher proportion of psychopaths than any other state in the USA.
Psychopaths don’t procrastinate, tend to focus on the positive, don’t take things personally, don’t beat themselves up if things go wrong, even if they’re to blame, and they’re assertive and cool under pressure. These can be good characteristics in both the business arena, and in everyday life.
In 2013, Oxford researcher Kevin Dutton compiled a list of professions that attract the most psychopaths. It probably won’t come as a surprise that plenty of psychos become police officers, lawyers, and surgeons. However, the number one vocation chosen by psychopaths was CEO.
According to researchers its possible to identify a legitimate psychopath based on tweets. It was found that psychopaths are more likely to use filler words like “um,” are more likely to use cause-and-effect words like “because,” and are less likely to make mention of religion or family. Because uh … um … oh, right: It signifies their emotional detachment from society or whatever. 3000 volunteers were examined via a personality test that classified their tweets within three traits. 41 were identified as possible psychopaths. After follow-up testing, more than half were confirmed.