What Professions Have The Most Psychopaths?

According to a survey conducted by psychologist Kevin Dutton—called the Great British Psychopath Survey—here are the top 10 professions with the most psychopaths:

  1. CEO
  2. Lawyer
  3. Media (TV/Radio)
  4. Salesperson
  5. Surgeon
  6. Journalist
  7. Police Officer
  8. Clergyperson
  9. Chef
  10. Civil Servant

And here are the professions with the least psychopaths:

  1. Care Aide
  2. Nurse
  3. Therapist
  4. Craftsperson
  5. Beautician/Stylist
  6. Charity Worker
  7. Teacher
  8. Creative Artist
  9. Doctor
  10. Accountant

Although people tend to think of psychopaths as killers—indeed about 15-25% of people in prison are psychopaths—in fact many people with psychopathic tendencies are not criminals.

Rather interesting that in the top ten are clergy, police officers, people who automatically get respect and trust from everyone.

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9 thoughts on “What Professions Have The Most Psychopaths?

    • My x NP is a CEO in sales ( own business), I am a teacher. Makes sense to me. All the professions in the least list are giving professions, demanding a lot of work with little pay-off. There is little outside narcissistic supply

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  1. I think firemen should be on there. Pretty much act the same as police officers. That’s what my ex-N was. He used his uniform to get ALL kinds of “perks”. I’m the nurse. Oh, I’ve read a number of articles that put politicians at the top of that list. Wonder how they missed adding them?

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  2. My soon to be ex narc husband is actually an artist so I didn’t expect him to be on the list of least-likely professions! Within his industry he is hero-worshipped like some sort of a celebrity (which of course he’s not!) and that’s what elevates his narcissism even further!

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  3. My ex N is a teacher, and the interesting thing is, he uses his students as supplies. He tries WAY too hard to get them to like him and even put his job in jeopardy by becoming “too close” with some of them.

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