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Wisdom of PsychopathsKevin Dutton's groundbreaking adventure into the world of psychopaths The Wisdom of Psychopaths has just been released in paperback.

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Psychopathy: A Necessary Business Skill?

BBC World Service

Does it help to have psychopathic traits when trying to forge a career in business? Business Daily looks at the links between psychopathy, leadership and capitalism.

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The 100 City people you need to follow on Twitter

City AM

Kevin joins the list of thought leaders to provide some food for thought for those looking for a bit of inspiration in their Twitter streams.

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Original research article

Frontiers in Psychology

Scott O. Lilienfeld and Kevin Dutton look at correlates of psychopathic personality traits in everyday life.

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The psycho by the water cooler

European CEO

Evidence suggests psychopathic traits might confer an advantage in the world of work. Could we all learn some lessons from Hannibal Lector?

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We need to talk about Will, a killer who defies diagnosis

Sunday Times

William Cornick, the pupil given life for stabbing his teacher, lacks the traits of a psychopath and may force us to rethink his punishment

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Museum of Curiosity

BBC Radio 4

Kevin joins the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Phill Jupitus, co-star of Pointless, Richard Osman and Dr Sandra Knapp.

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What Book...?

Daily Mail

"Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner - it's not just a book for teenagers. This is a book with deep psychological rip-tides..." Kevin Dutton offers a few good reads.

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Curiosity & Passion

The Best American Science and Nature Writing

Kevin Dutton makes the selection of the year's top science and nature writing

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The Best Books...

Sunday Sport

"Are you a nutjob? An outright murderous steaming headcase with a particularly menacing stare and a need to be in at the kill with a merciless detachment?"

Yes folks, only in the Sunday Sport!

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Your Inner Psychopath


Why unleashing your inner psychopath could put you ahead of the game. People high on the psychopathic spectrum are well-suited to climbing to the very top of their chosen career

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MUST READS: Out Now In Paperback

Mail Online

"Calling on academic sources and celebrity case histories, Dutton demonstrates why we should all be nurturing our inner psychopath.
An original and thought-provoking study."

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Henry VIII Would Be A Modern Day Psychopath

Sky News

Kevin Dutton announces the findings of his new "Great British Psychopaths?" study. Could Henry VIII fit the bill?

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Wisdom of Psychopaths Review

The Guardian

"A book that goes beyond cliche to view the world through a psychopath's eyes." The paperback version of The Wisodom of Psychopaths is out this week."

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Is your boss a psycho?


From ruthlessness and charm to fearlessness and a lack of empathy – spot the traits that prove you could be working under a secret psychopath

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Madly Successful

Die Zeit

Gifted managers, political leaders and chief executives often have a mental disorder. Find out how we suffer and benefit in this front page article from Germany's Die Zeit newspaper.

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A psychopath expert's view on Dexter

BBC Radio 4

Michael C. Hall makes a convincingly charming and cunning serial killer in Dexter, says psychopath expert Kevin Dutton, but why is he so nice to his family?

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Why many successful people can be defined as psychopaths

BBC Radio 4

Kevin Dutton in conversation with ME Thomas , the author of Confessions of a Sociopath on The World Tonight.

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Our 'Enry, great king or a bit of a psychopath?

The Independent

It's perfectly possible he was both, according to a new study by Professor Kevin Dutton who believes were he alive today, he would be diagnosed as a psychopath.

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How politicians share character traits with psychopaths


Kevin appears in the first minute and the final 15 minutes of the Daily Politics show to discuss the psychopathic traits of high-achieving politicians.

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Churchill, Thatcher and their psychopathic tendencies?

BBC News

Some of the most successful politicians share some of their personality traits with psychopaths, but that really is a good thing, according to a leading academic.

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Psychopathen als Vorbilder

3 Sat

Psychopaths as role models? German speakers might like to take a look at Kevin Dutton's prime-time appearance on German TV exploring the successful traits shown by some psychopaths.

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The Mind Gym podcast

Mind Gym

Listen to renowned psychologist and author Professor Kevin Dutton as he reveals to Octavius Black how managing psychopaths can help your organisation prosper.

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Should we all be a bit psychopathic at work?


Kevin Dutton argues that we could all benefit from sometimes being more ruthless, fearless, self-confident, focused, mentally tough, charming or charismatic - all of which are traits of a psychopath.

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Top 10 Jobs That Attract Psychopaths


Everyone I have ever worked with has, at some point, called another colleague or coworker "crazy." But does your job actually attract true psychopaths?

Kevin Dutton explains that there are jobs that can attract literal psychopaths – and also jobs that are least likely to do so.

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20 Signs That You Are A Psychopath

Business Insider

Lawyers are the second most "psychopathic" profession in the world after CEOs, according to Kevin Dutton's book "The Wisdom of Psychopaths."

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Top 10 jobs that attract most psychopaths


In today's turbulent world, many people may wonder if the person with whom they work just might be the next psychopath to make news headlines.

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Companies wrestle with addictions

Financial Times

"It's not that all psychopaths are great – but in certain contexts psychopathic characteristics can help with success."

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The Predator Unchained

Der Spiegel

The latest feature on Kevin Dutton and the Wisdom of Psychopaths in Der Spiegel magazine in Germany.

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The art of office politics


Those people who succeed at the top of any organisation are far more likely to have mastered the political arts. This would be easier if you were dealing with normal people, but Psychopaths are four times more likely to exist in the executive suite than in the general population.

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Channel your inner-psychopath to get on in life

The Times

Visitors to the Cambridge Science Festival hear about the lessons we can all learn from psychopaths.

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Is your partner a psychopath?

Big Think

You may be wondering whether you're actually in a relationship with a psychopath. In this video, Kevin Dutton shows you how to tell and what you can do.

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What Psychopaths can teach us about success

Fox News

Kevin Dutton appears on Fox & Friends to discuss The Wisdom of Psychopaths.

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Science Weekly podcast

Science Weekly Podcast

Plus, Alok Jha interviews Kevin Dutton about his book The Wisdom of Psychopaths.

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Most Journalists Not Actual Psychopaths

The Atlantic

A list of the occupations most likely to attract psychopaths. CEOs, lawyers, and people in the media are the most likely to be psychopaths.

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Out now in Canada

Canadian Cover

Kevin Dutton's The Wisdom of Psychopaths is now available in Canada.

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Jobs With The Most Psychopaths


Ever had the feeling at work that everyone around you is unstable?

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Wisdom from Psychopaths?

Scientific American Mind

A scientist enters a high-security psychiatric hospital to extract tips and advice from a crowd without a conscience.

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Sind Sie ein Psychopath?

Psycho Pathen

The Wisdom of Psychopaths is released in Germany by DTV as their lead title for Spring 2013. Checkout this spread from their catalogue.

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Trek u op aan de psychopaat

Algemeen Dagblad

Kevin is interviewed by Dutch daily newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

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Actually, your boss really is a psycho


There's a high chance your boss, or even the likes of Steve Jobs, are high on the psychopath spectrum, says Oxford University psychologist Kevin Dutton.

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We all go a little mad sometimes

The Washington Post

The Wisdom of Psychopaths looks inside the lives and into the brain scans of psychopaths to reveal that this population is made up of more than just serial killers, rapists and terrorists.

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Slate Book Review critics suggest 20 great books of 2012


In this terrifically entertaining and chilling book, Oxford research psychologist Dutton posits how traits of psychosis can win friends, influence people, and send you down the path of success.

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Learning from Psychopaths: Q & A with Kevin Dutton


It's too simplistic to think of psychopaths as being murderers or law-breakers, says the Oxford psychologist. What we can learn from those who lack conscience but are also bold and highly resilient to stress.

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Dexter & Dutton at Rubin Museum of Art


Photographs of Michael C. Hall and Kevin Dutton at the Rubin Museum Of Art to discuss Dutton's latest book, "The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success".

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11 Ways To Tell If Your Boss Is A Psychopath

Huffington Post

Psychopaths are everywhere. You might even be reading the words of one right now! But how can you tell?

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No More Mr Nice Guy

The Sydney Morning Herald

In small doses, antisocial personality traits can be an advantage. The author of a recent book says this just might be the case.

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Wisdom of Psychopaths Review

The Washington Post

Drawing upon a wealth of research, he argues that certain professions tend to attract people with psychopathic tendencies

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British author Kevin Dutton asks: Are you a psychopath?

Toronto Star

Kevin Dutton has the engaging Cockney patter of a standup comic, a flair for wordplay and, with his untamed strands of hair, the faintly madcap look of a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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When Madness Pays Off

Wall Street Journal

The spectrum of psychopaths includes CEOs, surgeons and journalists, and we could learn something from many of them.

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The Psychopath Detector


You may not know for sure if you're a psychopath unless you listen to CNN's Profile of research psychologist Kevin Dutton.

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Why business rewards psychopaths


There's no hotter topic in evolutionary psychology than the continuing presence among us of psychopaths. They're often confused in popular perception with violently irrational psychotics like Norman Bates of Psycho fame.

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The Pros to Being a Psychopath


When most of us hear the word "psychopath," we imagine Hannibal Lecter. Kevin Dutton would prefer that we think of brain surgeons, CEOs and Buddhist monks.

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The upsides of being a psychopath

New Scientist

There seem to be few upsides to being a psychopath. Yet Kevin Dutton makes the case that this personality disorder can be beneficial, or even desirable.

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Aspiring to be psychopaths

NBC News

Kevin Dutton, author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths discusses the character traits of psychopaths, why it may not necessarily be a bad thing.

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Do psychopaths make good CEOs?


Must thrive in a fast-paced environment. Should be cool under pressure. Ambitious go-getters welcome. You find these clichés in most job descriptions these days. You may have even written one of these descriptions, if you're hiring. Little did you know that your ideal candidate might well be a psychopath.

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Who Wants to Be a Psychopath?

Scientific American

How's this for a confluence of cultural currents? A British scientist chats about psychopaths with an American actor who plays a psychopathic serial killer on TV in front of an audience at a museum loaded with Buddhist art.

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How can you tell if someone is a psychopath?

The Globe and Mail

As Kevin Dutton's new book illustrates, the same characteristics that we might use to describe society's leaders just need a little push to become traits that define full-throttle psychopathy.

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Psychopathy's Double Edge

Chronicle Review

Read an excerpt from kevin Dutton's new book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths.

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Inside the Mind of a Psychopath

Big Think

Dutton points to recent research that suggests psychopaths not only have the capacity to recognize emotions but they are actually "better at it than we are."

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Can psychopaths really teach us about success?

USA Today

A new book suggests that some traits of psychopaths, such as being action-oriented, can be beneficial for a career.

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Unlock Your Inner Psychopath


Cool under pressure? Easy social charm? You might just be a psychopath. A new book says that most of the world's most successful people are just that. Newsweek's Daily Beast reviews Kevin Dutton's Wisdom of Psychopaths

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How psychopaths take over


Sometimes being mad is a good thing. Oxford scientist Kevin Dutton suggests we should all learn to act a little crazy.

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Dexter interview

Dexter Morgan

Kevin Dutton will be in conversation with the actor Michael C. Hall (AKA Dexter) at the Rubin Museum of Art. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7 - 9 pm , Rubin Museum of Art ,150 W. 17 St. New York, NY 10011

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The benefits of behaving like a psychopath

The Times

"Psychopaths rightly get a pretty poor press, but there are some things that we can learn from them..."

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There is a psychopath in all of us

P Magazine

Kevin discusses The Wisdom of Psychopaths with Belgian P Magazine.

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Review of The Wisdom of Psychopaths

The Observer

"A convincing study shows that business leaders and serial killers share a mindset...

The admirable quality of this book is Dutton's refusal to accept easy answers in one of the more sensational fields of popular psychology."

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Scientific American

Scientific American

In this month's Scientific American, Kevin Dutton explores The Wisdom of Psychopaths and launches the Great American Psychopath Survey.

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What Vulnerability Looks Like To Psychopaths, Monks and the Rest Of Us.

Great American Psychopath Survey

Both psychopaths and Tibetan monks detect deep emotions that are invisible to others. Psychopaths are better at recognizing "those telltale signs in the gait of traumatized assault victims"...

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Is your child's tantrum more sinister than you think?

Great American Psychopath Survey

If your little angel has devilish outbursts it could be just a strop or a sign of something far more scary. Read Kevin's article in The Sun newspaper.

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