The Psychopath in the Workplace: A Cautionary Tale

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Reviews the book, Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work by Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare (see record 2006-08313-000). This book provides a lucid, richly detailed, nontechnical guide for corporate business professionals who are seeking to understand how this important and often unrecognized maladaptive behavioral syndrome is acted out in the workplace. Such knowledge is essential if socially responsible and ethical individuals are to protect themselves and their organizations against manipulation. Babiak and Hare analyze the interpersonal strategies that psychopathic individuals frequently use to gain access to positions of power and influence within corporations and other business organizations. Their impersonal, matter-of-fact, predatory social nature allows them to skillfully manipulate, mislead, and defraud others to achieve their own ends. Babiak and Hare are leading authorities on psychopathic personality disorder assessment. They have blended their extensive and complementary corporate and clinical perspectives on the disorder to produce a reference work of great insight and lasting value. This book will be instructive to mental health professionals, corporate managers, and general readers alike for many years to come. Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work is an extremely well-crafted volume that should become a classic of the literature on this disorder. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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