Mon dieu, I had to share this bit of information with all you schmucks!
I had to.
I was reading a piece on psychopaths the other day and guess what popped out from the article.
Journalists (a group that surely includes bloggers) and people in the media business (both TV and radio) are supposedly big time psychopaths.
Now, don’t tell me you already knew that merely by being a devoted reader of this blog. 😉
Here’s the list of psychopaths by profession.
Source: Barking Up the Wrong Tree
Going by what I know of human nature, I’m not in the least surprised by the above list on the left.
But I’ll confess to being surprised at seeing journalists ranked above police officers in the psychopathic hierarchy.
Guess the pen is mightier than the pistol!
Human Tikka Masala
Sure, a lot of psychopaths go around cutting up people, dismembering them and inflicting maximum pain literally or figuratively.
Hell, some psychopaths may even grill their victims by putting them in a fiery Tandoor.
Human Tikka Masala, any one?
Not all psychopaths go the Tandoor route or take out the cat-o-nine-tails.
Why not amuse ourselves by digging better into this, mercifully, rare group of people.
The anonymous collective wisdom at Wikpedia defines a Psychopath thus:
Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, criminality, antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle[clarify], and lacking guilt.
I suppose bloggers/journalists eminently fit the psychopath bill.
A lot of bloggers/journalists are obnoxious in their lack of empathy.
Hopelessly insensitive, remorseless and utterly lacking in guilt to the pain their piercing words inflict o their victims.
They’re also cold-blooded, manipulative, antisocial, egocentric swines who’ll do just about anything to feed their Himalayan egos.
A lot of journalists or bloggers, at least the ones I’ve seen at close quarters, are maniacal beasts for whom family and relationships matter little.
Overtly or tacitly, power is always high on the minds of bloggers and journalists. They view the world only in terms of power: the Powerful and Powerless.
And in their lexicon, power does not flow from the barrel of a gun or a hefty 401K but from their acerbic, vitriolic, malevolent pen.
As for irresponsible behavior, surely that’s part of a blogger or journalist’s DNA makeup.
Except when I look into the mirror and see the epitome of responsibility, I can rarely, if ever, find even traces of responsibility among those who live by penmanship.
Caveat: Needless to say there are non-psychopathic exceptions among bloggers/journalists. And I know, I know, I know that none of you would even wildly imagine that SI is anything but a saint worthy of canonization and daily worship.
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Which professions have the most psychopaths? The fewest?