There’s no question that getting to the top of the business requires being ruthless, confident, and in control—traits psychopaths typically possess.
And according to the Swedish mentalist Henrik Fexeus, where 1% of the general population fits the profile of a psychopath, the statistic jumps to 10% when we talk about CEOs and bosses.
He warns, “Having no fear of failure, being resilient to the opinions of others, and being able to be a bit reckless when needed are traits that have been fostered in the business environment — but they are also traits of a perfect psychopath.”
So how can you tell if your boss is a psychopath? Here Henrik reveals the signs to look out for…
A lot of people complain that their boss micromanages them throughout the day — and that could be a sign that they actually are a psychopath.
“Psychopaths think controlling other people is fun,” explains Henrik.
“They will micromanage you and manipulate your emotions but also your situation and maybe even tell you exactly where to sit.
“It’s all just because they can and because you’re likely to go along with it.
“They are also power hungry. They feel they deserve the best and they will do whatever they can to get to the top.”
Addicted to lies
Henrik says a psychopath has “no capacity for empathy,” meaning they have no problem lying—whether it’s in a job interview, at work, or just in everyday life.
“It doesn’t matter if people actually believe the lie or realize they’re lying,” he adds. “She doesn’t mind.
“They are very good at it and have no qualms about lying about their skills, knowledge or size.
“They don’t care if they have to lie, cheat or give praise, as long as it makes them feel good.”
For this reason, according to Henrik, at work you have to pay attention to the people who recognize your work.
He explains: “For example, a colleague praises you for a job you have done and at the next meeting with the boss he will give you credit for it.
“You can try to argue that it was your idea – but that will make you look bad to the people above!”
talk about yourself
Not only can psychopaths lie about their abilities, but they are always very narcissistic.
“There’s only one person in the world they care about, and that’s themselves,” says Henrik.
Because of this, they are “extremely good at blaming other people or circumstances for their mistakes.”
“It’s never their fault,” adds Henrik.
In the office, it’s best to watch out for those co-workers or bosses who spend entire meetings talking about how awesome they are or just “spend an inappropriate amount of time talking about themselves.”
“The only interesting person to talk about for a psychopath is themselves,” adds Henrik.
Serial killer Ted Bundy has always been known to be charismatic and handsome – traits he exploited to gain the trust of both his victims and society at large.
Henrik warns that it’s usually the most charming people to watch out for at work.
“Psychopaths are always very charming and very good at acting,” he says.
“They study other people so they know how to pretend to be concerned or listen to you.
“But they’re not worried about you at all. They’re just trying to gain an advantage over you and everyone else.”
Another thing to watch out for is the boss who will blow up at the first sign of trouble – and then pretend it never happened!
If there is someone in your workplace that you never know what mood they will be in, they could be a psychopath.
Henrik explains: “Psychopaths can be very friendly in the morning, throw a tantrum in the afternoon, and before you go home they don’t even remember throwing a tantrum and they’re charming again.
“Her mood can easily swing between extremes in her emotional portrayals.”
Trapped, by Camilla Läckberg and Henrik Fexeus, is available now (£16.99, HarperCollins)
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