For anyone who has worked in the TV business, this should come as no surprise.
When you hear the word “psychopath,” you likely think of Norman Bates, Patrick Bateman or horror films, but it has a real definition: “Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial character, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality.”
With that in mind, TV/media apparently ranks #3 among Dutton’s top 10 professions containing the most psychopathic personalities:
CEOs, lawyers, and TV/media are professions that generally require a great deal of manipulative “ladder-climbing,” and so this data is unsurprising. That’s especially because most of the top 10 professions tend to move on to a career as a grandstanding politician. Just another reminder that, as Friedrich Hayek once wrote, oftentimes the “worst get on top.”
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