reply to post by LadySkadi
Probably one of the top ten post on ATS.
Where to begin.
I've worked for a fortune 500 company for 15 years in various capacities.
The last ten years proves your statement "when psychopaths go to work". At my company, the psychopaths are to be found in management. Each
company has a "flavor" a way of managing it's "people". At my company that style is bullying.
Some people ask what has happened to America?
In my humble opinion and from what I have seen just being a little fish in a little pond, America is being owned and operated by a bunch of
psychopaths. These are people who will screw over almost anyone to get the almighty dollar and stay in the game, no remorse, no qualms about hurting
another it's all about themself and they will stop at nothing. I've watched good people literally sell their very souls. Funny, they don't
realize they've sold their souls. They think of the devil in medieval terms and haven't a clue that the "devil" is the CEO/Companies that now run
America - and they are the devil's henchmen.
On that August day in 2002, Hare gave a talk on psychopathy to about 150 police and law-enforcement officials. He was a legendary figure to that
crowd. The FBI and the British justice system have long relied on his advice. He created the P-Scan, a test widely used by police departments to
screen new recruits for psychopathy, and his ideas have inspired the testing of firefighters, teachers, and operators of nuclear power plants.
According to the Canadian Press and Toronto Sun reporters who rescued the moment from obscurity, Hare began by talking about Mafia hit men and sex
offenders, whose photos were projected on a large screen behind him. But then those images were replaced by pictures of top executives from WorldCom,
which had just declared bankruptcy, and Enron, which imploded only months earlier. The securities frauds would eventually lead to long prison
sentences for WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers and Enron CFO Andrew Fastow.
"These are callous, cold-blooded individuals," Hare said.
"They don't care that you have thoughts and feelings. They have no sense of guilt or remorse." He talked about the pain and suffering the corporate
rogues had inflicted on thousands of people who had lost their jobs, or their life's savings. Some of those victims would succumb to heart attacks or
commit suicide, he said.
Then Hare came out with a startling proposal. He said that the recent corporate scandals could have been prevented if CEOs were screened for
psychopathic behavior. "Why wouldn't we want to screen them?" he asked. "We screen police officers, teachers. Why not people who are going to
handle billions of dollars?"
It's Hare's latest contribution to the public awareness of "corporate psychopathy." He appeared in the 2003 documentary The Corporation, giving
authority to the film's premise that corporations are "sociopathic" (a synonym for "psychopathic") because they ruthlessly seek their own selfish
interests -- "shareholder value" -- without regard for the harms they cause to others, such as environmental damage.
Is Hare right? Are corporations fundamentally psychopathic organizations that attract similarly disposed people? It's a compelling idea, especially
given the recent evidence. Such scandals as Enron and WorldCom aren't just aberrations; they represent what can happen when some basic currents in
our business culture turn malignant. We're worshipful of top executives who seem charismatic, visionary, and tough. So long as they're lifting
profits and stock prices, we're willing to overlook that they can also be callous, conning, manipulative, deceitful, verbally and psychologically
abusive, remorseless, exploitative, self-delusional, irresponsible, and megalomaniacal. So we collude in the elevation of leaders who are sadly
insensitive to hurting others and society at large.
On the broad continuum between the ethical everyman and the predatory killer, there's plenty of room for people who are ruthless but not violent.
This is where you're likely to find such people as Ebbers, Fastow, ImClone CEO Sam Waksal, and hotelier Leona Helmsley. We put several big-name CEOs
through the checklist, and they scored as "moderately psychopathic"; our quiz on page 48 lets you try a similar exercise with your favorite boss.
And this summer, together with New York industrial psychologist Paul Babiak, Hare begins marketing the B-Scan, a personality test that companies can
use to spot job candidates who may have an MBA but lack a conscience. "I always said that if I wasn't studying psychopaths in prison, I'd do it at
the stock exchange," Hare told Fast Company. "There are certainly more people in the business world who would score high in the psychopathic
dimension than in the general population. You'll find them in any organization where, by the nature of one's position, you have power and control
over other people and the opportunity to get something."
There's evidence that the business climate has become even more hospitable to psychopaths in recent years. In pioneering long-term studies of
psychopaths in the workplace, Babiak focused on a half-dozen unnamed companies: One was a fast-growing high-tech firm, and the others were large
multinationals undergoing dramatic organizational changes -- severe downsizing, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. That's
just the sort of corporate tumult that has increasingly characterized the U.S. business landscape in the last couple of decades. And just as wars can
produce exciting opportunities for murderous psychopaths to shine (think of Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic and Radovan Karadzic), Babiak found that
these organizational shake-ups created a welcoming environment for the corporate killer. "The psychopath has no difficulty dealing with the
consequences of rapid change; in fact, he or she thrives on it," Babiak claims. "Organizational chaos provides both the necessary stimulation for
psychopathic thrill seeking and sufficient cover for psychopathic manipulation and abusive behavior."
What has happened to America will continue to expand upon the whole planet I believe as it's gone past the point of no return.
The common man stands by and watches in silence as his cube partner loses their job and breaths a sign of relief that he/she has a temporary reprieve
- get this, it's only temporary.
A bully will bully whoever is left, you either become one of them or get bullied.
"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen
targets, group after group. In Niemöller's first utterance of it, in a January 6, 1946 speech before representatives of the Confessing Church in
Frankfurt, it went (in German)
[edit on 14-3-2010 by ofhumandescent]