The very word often sends a shiver down people’s spine – conjuring up images of Christian Bales’ character in the aptly named movie. Being a psychopath may not actually be all that bad however, in fact the term ‘psycho’ has become a catch-all phrase that discriminates against those who use these personality traits for the good. This is according to Doctor Kevin Dutton, who has spent a lifetime studying psychopaths.
Dutton wrote his book The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success with former SAS hero Andy McNab, whom he met during a research project. McNab is a person who scores high on the psychopath spectrum but is overall a good person, or ‘good psychopath’. Unlike a bad one, he is able to control fearlessness, conscience and empathy to get the very best out of himself and others.
Drawing on Andy McNab’s life experiences and Dr. Kevin Dutton’s analysis of them, the authors have explored the ways in which a good psychopath thinks differently. They roadmap how you can develop and use qualities like charm, coolness under pressure, self-confidence, courage, and even ruthlessness to achieve success.
So if anyone ever calls you a psycho, bear in mind that it might not be such a bad thing after all!