It seems like nearly every day there’s a steady drip drip drip of lawyer-related stories telling us how terrible we are. Yesterday, we learned that we basically suck at having emotions or understanding that other people have emotions, a failing that can lead to increased malpractice claims, so that’s fun. Today, we find out that we are also really good at being psychopaths.
[R]esearch found lawyers landed second only to CEOs in the number of psychopaths in their ranks, and it certainly makes sense that some lawyers (say, litigators) would benefit from the ability to turn on the charm and lie without conscience.
Dutton also interviewed a successful psychopathic lawyer who, chillingly, said, “Deep inside me there’s a serial killer lurking somewhere. But I keep him amused with cocaine, Formula One, booty calls, and coruscating cross-examination.”
Don’t we all?
It seems unfair, if we are going to be amoral monsters, that we can’t knock CEOs out of that top spot. Given that nice people are leaving the profession in droves while anti-social jerks stick around, we should be able to topple CEOs from their first-place perch quite soon.