Update: Psychopaths, Sociopaths, ASPD and ASD/Aspergers: Recap and Resources

A few years ago there was a rage among psychologists and sociologists looking at the prevalence of sociopaths/
psychopaths in the workplace.  I got caught up in that and did a ton of research; at one point it was going to be my master’s thesis.  As a wrap up of my series on psychopaths, sociopaths & narcissists in the workplace I wanted to collect the links to the previous articles as well as some other links to books and articles on the subject.

To recap my main points:  People with Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) like psychopaths/sociopaths look for certain types of victims.  Those on the Spectrum often have traits that play right into the ASPD individuals hands and potentially make us targets more often than others.  I discuss some of the characteristics you can spot that might mean someone is ASPD and how to protect yourself as well as note that those with narcissistic personality disorder may seem similar to an ASPD but in reality have different motivations and are easier to protect yourself.


Other Resources:

Wikipedia for Robert Hare, preeminent researcher on Psychopaths

Hare’s first book: Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
Hare’s Second book (with Paul Babiak): Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work

Paul Babiak; industrial psychologist who studies bullying and ASPD disorder in the workplace

Mask of Sanity, a PDF of Hervey M. Cleckley‘s groundbreaking work on ASPD

Martha Stout‘s book The Sociopath Next Door

Article: Red Flags for workplace sociopaths
Article: How to Deal with a Sociopath
Article: Coping with Psychopaths @ work
Article: Workplace Psychopaths: how to deal with them
Article: What is the difference between a narcissist and a sociopath?
Article: The Borderland of Narcissism and Sociopathy

Scott J. Shea is the proprietor of Job Sink, offering career advice and exploring employment issues and workplace difficulties faced by those on the autism spectrum.

Update: Psychopaths, Sociopaths, ASPD and ASD/Aspergers: Recap and Resources, the fourth in a series of four, appears here by permission.

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