Researchers discovered that successful psychopaths exhibit many of the same core features and traits as other psychopaths — dishonesty, exploitation, arrogance, low remorse, minimizing self-blame, callousness, and shallow affect.
They are charming, carefree, and aggressive, and they lack empathy. They’re skilled at dealing with people and constantly look out only for themselves.
What separated successful psychopaths from the rest was their conscientiousness. Typical psychopaths rank low in this personality trait. But successful psychopaths rank much higher.
That means that successful psychopaths are less irresponsible, impulsive, and negligent than others. So while they may still commit crimes, they’re less likely to get caught. That may explain why they’re more likely to be found in an office than in prison.
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