Dealing with Sociopaths
The Sociopath In The Office Next Door
"Evil in the office. If you think about it, you'll probably realize you've seen it play out at least once in your career.
"All of a sudden a well-running, friendly, effective group or company begins to disintegrate for no apparent reason. People start to become demoralized and dysfunctional, efficiency plummets, client service and sales suffer and convoluted mistakes are made, up to and including illegal behavior such as fraud and larceny. Employees begin to develop psychosomatic illnesses, sick time rises and the best talent starts to leave.
"What used to be a great work situation turns into a nightmare. "
Donald Trump: Sociopath?
Taking his biographer’s claim seriously
"The closest thing to psychopathy or sociopathy in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)—the book that defines every mental illness and outlines how mental-health professionals should make the diagnosis—is either Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Antisocial Personality Disorder."
I'm honestly wrestling with the notion that 1 out of 25 people has NPD or APD. When I was in grade school, 25 people was probably typical for class size. We had two class rooms for each grade, so--by this standard--I went to school with 16 budding sociopaths. On the other hand, sociopaths are certainly out there, and they have the power to wreck havoc on our best-laid plans. How to recognize them and control damage.