Melbourne: An Australian psychotherapist has asked employers to watch out for workplace psychopaths, who 'are more common' than generally thought. According to Doctor John Clarke can isolate and mentally destroy the staff around them. Dr Clarke said the only way to win the war against these psychopaths is to refuse to tolerate their damaging behaviour, a daily reports

"When people think of psychopath, they think of a serial killer or a rapist. And they are fairly similar things," he said during the Tasmanian Work Health & Safety Conference.

"The workplace psychopath is somebody who psychologically destroys the people they work with to feed their need for a sense of power and control and domination over other human beings," he said.

"They don't suffer any guilt or remorse, or in fact they enjoy the suffering of other people," he added.
According to the report, Dr Clarke said that between one and three per cent of the adult population is a psychopath.

He also pointed out that it is difficult to identify psychopaths at work place, usually because they are generally well-liked and competent at their jobs.

Dr Clarke stressed that 'workplaces need to be far more vigilant in screening or checking employees in their organization.'


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