The Mask of Insanity
When first meeting a career psychopath, virtually anyone will fall for him. His appearance is charismatic, and his background is amazing. He is a famous political leader, a distinguished university lecturer, a respected physician, a trusted institution manager, or all of the above. Not only is he perfectly dressed, well bred, attractive, and entertaining, but he has remarkable positive attitude, unlimited self-confidence, tremendous energy, ambitious character, innovative and competitive spirit, and bold ideas. He displays incredible CV, loads of money and influence, and a lofty social status. He occupies a multitude of high-rank positions, and he is simply unsurpassed in everything he does. Excellence is his defining catchword, and he seems to achieve it effortless, as if he were just practicing some leisure sports. Nobody can understand how does he do that, and why does he never stop?
He is full of good intentions and generous ideas. He is head-over-heels involved in numerous important activities, usually no less than three at a time: he is designing a new development plan, presiding a session, coordinating a research program, running a business transaction, making a press conference or a TV interview, organizing a social manifestation, or giving a speech at a public reunion. He attends business meetings, scientific seminars, political campaigns, social parties, and official dinners. He rushes from one place to another, flies, drives, makes countless phone calls, shakes thousands of hands, and talks endlessly. Unfortunately, that leaves him little time to think and listen. He has to be everywhere, know and do everything, interfere with everybody, and never miss a single opportunity. He is simultaneously found in all the important environments: academics, trade, politics, media, sports, health care, and private clubs. He is an expert in everything. He is strong, he is huge, he is insatiable, and he is unstoppable. Surely, the man is a genius. Compared to him, everybody else looks small, slow, and stupid. He is like a giant among dwarfs. He seems to possess an engine inside his body and a computer inside his head. He cannot afford any rest; he needs to go for everything, get into every possible competition and combination, and control everything that moves. He is after money and power, titles and awards, veneration and glory, and whatever anyone can dream of. He wants it all and he wants it now. Nothing is too hard or too good for him, and nobody can ever stop him. He cannot even afford enjoying his achievements, because he's too busy struggling for more. Hell, what is life made for anyway, besides playing, betting, and racing? Nevertheless, in the middle of all this fuss, the man still finds time to guide and patronize little people, gossip, make stupid and trivial jokes, watch sports channels, read journals diagonally, drink, eat, fart, and, sometimes, even sleep! This guy is just too good to be true. Is he like Superman? Jesus Christ, Napoleon, and Leonardo da Vinci, all in one?
By no means. Not in the least. Nothing of the kind.
When you get to know him closer, you can easily see that something is not right about this guy. You learn that his intelligence is below average, his way of thinking is primitive, and his knowledge is very superficial. His preoccupations are incredibly trivial. Moreover, he is only committed to himself and his tenacity is often nothing but silly stubbornness. Unpleasantly surprised, you find out that his positive attitude is actually ruthlessness, his confidence is infatuation, his energy is wasted in petty activities, his ideals are small-minded, and his creativity and boldness are nothing behind hollow words. You come to realize that the man is completely stupid instead of brilliant, vulgar and bad mannered instead of highly educated, hypocrite and egocentric instead of open-minded and generous, and utterly disgusting instead of charismatic. Prince Charming turns into Beast. Dr. Jekyll is actually Mr. Hyde.
Devoid of feelings and emotions to fill and guide their lives, career psychopaths are constantly bored and desperately hungry for sensations, which are, of course, only too ephemeral and never satisfying. To compensate for their inner callousness and dullness, the best they can do is run for money, power, awards, veneration, glory, and controlling "weak" people. Hazardous sports, gambling, alcohol abuse, erratic living, destructive behavior, and physical violence are constant temptations.
In their run for excitement, and fueled by their egotism and lack of empathy, career psychopaths act cruel. Deceiving is their ambition, and harassing is their only joy; to these individuals, lying is like breathing, and cheating is a normal way of living. Controlling people's lives as they please is their ultimate desire, and there is no higher purpose behind this. For these guys, life is just a game; the world is their playground, and people are nothing but toys for them to grab and enjoy. Not only they do not care about making other people suffer; they simply love it.
My advice is: never trust these people, never make a compromise with them, and never accept their gifts. Keep away from them as much as you can, be cautious, be afraid. In fact, be very afraid!