While psychopaths are 1% of the overall population (about 20:1 male to female), they cluster in certain occupations.

10 Careers With the Most Psychopaths

... Diane Wetendorf’s Police Domestic Violence: Handbook for Victims, which finds that “women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40 percent of police officer families.” Compare that with the already troubling national average of 25 percent for American women in general. What’s more, “police families are two to four times more likely than the general population to experience domestic violence,” according to the Advocates for Human Rights. The implications of these numbers are even more disturbing when you consider that victims of domestic violence perpetrated by cops are probably less likely to report their abuse to the police and more likely to have difficulty getting proper protection when they do. [emphasis mine]

The other occupations are:

  • CEO
  • Lawyer
  • TV and Radio personality
  • Salesperson
  • Surgeon
  • Journalist
  • Clergy
  • Chef
  • Civil Service “While your garden variety civil servant likely isn't a psychopath, as Schechter notes, several notable serial killers have worked in the area.”

Dog walker, anyone?

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This also reflects somewhat upon what we're seeing out of the police departments in lots of places.  The police I've interacted with in this area have all been pretty decent people, but then I'm in a better-funded, more liberal area.  It also doesn't hurt that I'm white and well-spoken, of course, so my experiences might not be general.

I think that cities like this one tend to attract the better-quality officers.  In lots of places, though, departments are full of officers who want to be a big man with a gun who gets to order people around.

I wonder how many policemen get corrupted after being in the force for a while, compared to how many chose the occupation because they want to order people around.  I suspect it's mostly the latter.

I noticed in my workplace, that as soon as a worker became a manager, out came the big stick.  There wasn't time to get corrupted.  It appears that those that want to control others, work to get the kind of jobs that let them.

those that want to control others, work to get the kind of jobs that let them

Yup!

Joan Denoo mentioned that in her research, the occupations with the highest proportions of abusers were ministers, doctors, lawyers, and police officers. "In my study, occupations that required 'right and wrong' thinking, referral to a higher authority, willing to use whatever instrumental behavior is necessary to achieve a goal had higher violent incidents in their families."

The surprise was that the lowest rate of domestic abuse was among another group of authority figures: orchestra conductors.

(I've seen plenty of musicians with a strong sense of building community and of Partnership culture.)

"Research from the University of Oxford has shown that singing is a great ice-breaker and can get groups of people to bond together more quickly than other activities can.... singing groups bonded more quickly than creative writing or craft classes."

Singing's secret power: The Ice-breaker Effect (phys.org, Oct. 27, 2015)

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Yes, even an outcast feels for a moment that he/she belongs to the singing group - until the song ends. 

Ms magazine put out a similar list in the seventies.  The top offenders were police, doctors, lawyers.  CEO did not appear on the list.  This is a new one.  I've gotten  to know a bit about police through my paramedic ex.  They (the police) give an overall bad impression.  I would not even have one for a friend.  I don't allow people with fire arms into my house.  I especially don't want police, off duty or otherwise, in my house.  Most officers I've met have an "us and them" mentality that extends to putting even their family members in the "them" camp.  On rare occasions I have run into a very good police officer or two, but that is as I said, rare.

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