[Paleopsych] The Times: Psychopaths Make The Best Market Traders
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Psychopaths Make The Best Market Traders
September 19, 2005
With the right diagnosis the job is assured
The jokey maxim is as tired as it is common: âYou donât have to be mad to
work here, but it helps.â Months of exhaustive research by three US
universities have now proved the aphorism true. Psychopaths, they found, make
the best market traders.
Normally we associate the condition with a conveniently deranged murderer who
is a television staple. Psychopaths are people unable to empathise with human
emotion, those who feel no qualms of guilt or flashes of sympathy. Who better,
therefore, to invest our money or trade our shares? No caution, hesitancy, fear
of risk or reckless enthusiasm.
The American researchers found that the suppression of emotion, usually the
result of a brain lesion, also creates splendid lawyers and company chief
Shareholders will applaud the company boss who looks on redundancies with
equanimity or is sufficiently conscience-free to market the latest execrable
product while claiming, straight-faced, that it is a boon to mankind.
Psychiatrists have a glowing future as career guidance officers. No longer need
patients worry about a diagnosis of neurosis â let them find jobs as clergy,
tourist guides or anything where a little extra concern would help. Pyromaniac
firemen would enjoy job satisfaction, agoraphobics would make fine town
planners, and anyone with an addictive personality is already far down the
track to becoming a supermodel. Luckiest of all are those with Munchausenâs
syndrome: a future awaits as university researchers. And in the meantime, give
your investment advisers psychometric tests: if they pass, sack them.
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