Banks are looking for Corporate Psychopaths

Brian Basham im Independent über Psychopathen im Finanzsektor. Dass Bankster im psychologischen Profil Gemeinsamkeiten mit Psychopathen aufweisen, das wusste ich. Ich wusste aber nicht, dass Investmentbanken gezielt nach solchen Leuten suchen und dazu genau jene Profile benutzen. WTF?!

In Jon Ronson's widely acclaimed book The Psychopath Test, Professor Robert Hare told the author: "I should have spent some time inside the Stock Exchange as well. Serial killer psychopaths ruin families. Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies."

Cut to a pleasantly warm evening in Bahrain. My companion, a senior UK investment banker and I, are discussing the most successful banking types we know and what makes them tick. I argue that they often conform to the characteristics displayed by social psychopaths. To my surprise, my friend agrees.

He then makes an astonishing confession: "At one major investment bank for which I worked, we used psychometric testing to recruit social psychopaths because their characteristics exactly suited them to senior corporate finance roles."

Here was one of the biggest investment banks in the world seeking psychopaths as recruits.

Brian Basham: Beware corporate psychopaths – they are still occupying positions of power (via MeFi)