Thursday, December 06, 2007

Psychopathology in The Workplace

Forensic Psychology

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Came across another excellent psychology podcast on psychopathology in The workplace courtesy of Shrink Rap Radio. The broadcast features an interview with clinical and forensic psychologist Laurence Miller, Ph.D.

You can listen to the podcast interview in full by Clicking Here

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Book Description

How does an already busy manager deal with people whose personalities are difficult or even seriously disturbed? The answer lies in using practical psychology to understand just what it is that makes them tick, whether it’s something as common as being introverted or extroverted...or something much more serious. From Difficult to Disturbed helps readers become better managers by providing insight into both big and small people-problems that can seriously disrupt the workplace if they’re not handled correctly. The book contains down-to-earth solutions for dealing with:

  • Personality Types: including avoidant, dependent, histrionic, narcissistic, or antisocial workers.

  • Common People Problems: such as unproductive, angry, uncooperative, or chronic problem employees.

  • Mental Disorders: such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and panic disorders, as well as alcohol and substance abuse.

  • Every workplace is filled with a wide range of personalities. This book gives managers the insight, understanding, and tools they need to get the best from those who present the toughest problems.

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    From Difficult to Disturbed: Understanding and Managing Dysfunctional Employees

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    Additional Information: Psychopaths in The Workplace

    There is a "Understanding The Psychopath" page on the main forensic psychology website which includes a link to an excellent BBC radio programme on Robert Hare's research into psychopathic behaviour in the workplace.

    You can visit the page and access the link by Clicking Here

    Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work

    Editorial Review

    Let's say you're about to hire somebody for a position in your company. Your corporation wants someone who's fearless, charismatic, and full of new ideas. Candidate X is charming, smart, and has all the right answers to your questions. Problem solved, right? Maybe not.

    We'd like to think that if we met someone who was completely without conscience -- someone who was capable of doing anything at all if it served his or her purposes -- we would recognize it. In popular culture, the image of the psychopath is of someone like Hannibal Lecter or the BTK Killer. But in reality, many psychopaths just want money, or power, or fame, or simply a nice car. Where do these psychopaths go? Often, it's to the corporate world.

    Researchers Paul Babiak and Robert Hare have long studied psychopaths. Hare, the author of Without Conscience, is a world-renowned expert on psychopathy, and Babiak is an industrial-organizational psychologist. Recently the two came together to study how psychopaths operate in corporations, and the results were surprising. They found that it's exactly the modern, open, more flexible corporate world, in which high risks can equal high profits, that attracts psychopaths. They may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they're abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles.

    Snakes in Suits is a compelling, frightening, and scientifically sound look at exactly how psychopaths work in the corporate environment: what kind of companies attract them, how they negotiate the hiring process, and how they function day by day. You'll learn how they apply their "instinctive" manipulation techniques -- assessing potential targets, controlling influential victims, and abandoning those no longer useful -- to business processes such as hiring, political command and control, and executive succession, all while hiding within the corporate culture. It's a must read for anyone in the business world, because whatever level you're at, you'll learn the subtle warning signs of psychopathic behavior and be able to protect yourself and your company -- before it's too late.

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    Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work

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