sans serif wishes all its readers, in every media house in every part of the world, a very happy new year.
May all your hopes, dreams and prayers—and your devious plots to scam your colleagues, bosses, sources, readers and viewers—come good in 2013.
After all, we are all psychopaths, almost at the top of our game.
A new survey puts media folk from TV and radio (you know who you are) at no.3 on the totempole of psychopaths, and underachieving journalists from the print world at no. 6.
The ranking of psychopaths, contained in a book by an Oxford scientist and published by Scientific American) reads:
3. Media (TV, radio)
7. Police officer
10. Civil servant
If you didn’t know what it means to be a psychopath (which is unlikely) here’s the clinical definition:
“Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial character, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality.”
If you should know, the least psychopathic professionals (i.e. the guys giving us a bad name) are: care aide, nurse, therapist, craftsperson, beautician/stylist, charity worker, teacher, creative artist, doctor and accountant.
Shame on them.
Also read: The ten worst jobs on earth
Eight reasons journalism is best profession
External reading: Ten worst jobs of 2012
Where does “writer” come in? I think we rank pretty high up there; and if we don’t, I don’t think our work will last for much after our death.
Are you sure this ranking was not a joke, or something written by a member of the “Occupy” movement? The ranking of CEO as Number 1 is very, very suspicious.