DL Fowler's Blog

Non-violent Psychopaths

Before anyone goes postal on me over yesterday’s post, let me offer some supporting documentation.

In 2005 British psychologists Belinda Board and Katarina Fritzon published their research findings in an article titled, “Disordered Personalities at Work”- Psychology Crime and Law. They found that three of the eleven personality disorders shared by criminal psychopaths at Broadmoor Hospital were more common in the test sample of high-level British executives.

The three disorders included:

  • Histrionic personality disorder: including superficial charm, insincerity, egocentricity and manipulation
  • Narcissistic personality disorder: including grandiosity, self-focused lack of empathy for others, exploitive behaviors and independence.
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder: including perfectionism, excessive devotion to work, rigidity, stubbornness and dictatorial tendencies.

My purpose is not to call out corporate CEOs and label them as psychopaths, but to point out that not all psychopaths kill. And that we probably rub elbows with psychopaths every day who are quite charming and capable of convincing us they’re our friends. They just have an agenda that could be costly if you get sucked in.

So don’t be surprised if some of my psychopathic characters are non-violent. Non-violent if you ignore the deadly effect of the stress and other emotional anguish they lay on their victims.

And now that I’ve brought it up, what does the hairline border that separates non-violent psychopaths from serial killers look like? And what does it take to cross it?

Hey, maybe I’ll explore that invisible line in RIPPLES.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: