The Corporate Psychopaths Among Us

Hannibal Lecter was a fictional psychopath, but there are much worse psychopaths active in American politics and business today.   "Psychopath" and "sociopath" are each defined as a personality disorder marked by lack of empathy or remorse; the two terms are closely related and are sometimes used interchangeably. Conservatives have long had a problem with the direction of the American Republic and the American economy.  Now there are recent psychological studies of the role of psychopaths in the broader economy, and specifically in the recent and ongoing global financial meltdown.  Clive R. Boddy is one of several psychologists doing research in this problem area, including Board and Fritzon, who speak of successful psychopaths at the head of large corporations and unsuccessful psychopaths who are in prison.  Rod Blagojevich was successful before he recently became unsuccessful.  Boddy's preliminary findings are contained in The Corporate Psychopaths...(Read Full Article)

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