|Jason Bateman and Kevin Spacey in Horrible Bosses
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Business leaders are four times more likely to be psychopaths than the general population, a study has found.
One out of every 25 company high-flyers is believed to have the mental disorder but disguises it through their high status, charm and manipulation in the workplace.
And only favourable environmental factors – such as having had a happy childhood – prevent their psychopathic tendencies turning them into serial killers.
Psychologists say today’s ruthless corporate culture benefits people like Kevin Spacey’s character in the recent movie Horrible Bosses, by rewarding their natural callousness and disregard of others’ feelings.