Overview of theories and empirical findings relevant to psychopathic personality characteristics amongst high-functioning populations

Nathan Brooks*, Katarina Fritzon, Bruce Watt

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Abstract

This book brings together a collection of theoretical and empirical work on psychopathy, and related personality traits, particularly as they manifest in a noncriminal context. There has been a growing body of work over the past two decades which examines psychopathy outside of the realm of criminal populations and this book aims to contribute to the debate about what many authors have referred to as the “paradox” of psychopathy, namely that while many psychopathic traits are damaging and harmful, in certain circumstances these same characteristics may convey an advantage and allow the individual to achieve a measure of success. Throughout the book, we will present research in which theories, classification systems and clinical descriptions of psychopathy have highlighted the potential for adaptive traits associated with this personality construct to manifest in positive outcomes, particularly in a business context. We begin in the current chapter with a broad overview of definitions of psychopathy as well as some of the primary theories that explain the psychopathic personality as a whole. In the second half of the chapter, we will examine the evidence for adaptive and positive outcomes associated with the disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Psychopathy
Subtitle of host publicationInvestigating Destructive Personalities in the Workplace
EditorsKatarina Fritzon, Nathan Brooks, Simon Croom
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter1
Pages1-45
Number of pages45
ISBN (Electronic)9783030271886
ISBN (Print)9783030271879
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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    Brooks, N., Fritzon, K., & Watt, B. (2020). Overview of theories and empirical findings relevant to psychopathic personality characteristics amongst high-functioning populations. In K. Fritzon, N. Brooks, & S. Croom (Eds.), Corporate Psychopathy: Investigating Destructive Personalities in the Workplace (pp. 1-45). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27188-6_1