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Snakes in Suits When Psychopaths Go to Work Paperback – 17 September 2007
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Revised and updated with the latest scientific research and updated case studies, the business classic that offers a revealing look at psychopaths in the workplace—how to spot their destructive behavior and stop them from creating chaos in the modern corporate organization.
Over the past decade, Snakes in Suits has become the definitive book on how to discover and defend yourself against psychopaths in the office. Now, Dr. Paul Babiak and Dr. Robert D. Hare return with a revised and updated edition of their essential guide.
All of us at some point have—or will—come into contact with psychopathic individuals. The danger they present may not be readily apparent because of their ability to charm, deceive, and manipulate. Although not necessarily criminal, their self-serving nature frequently is destructive to the organizations that employ them. So how can we protect ourselves and our organizations in a business climate that offers the perfect conditions for psychopaths to thrive
In Snakes in Suits, Hare, an expert on the scientific study of psychopathy, and Babiak, an industrial and organizational psychologist and a leading authority on the corporate psychopath, examine the role of psychopaths in modern corporations and provide the tools employers can use to avoid and deal with them. Together, they have developed the B-Scan 360, a research tool designed specifically for business professionals.
Dr. Babiak and Dr. Hare reveal the secret lives of psychopaths, explain the ways in which they manipulate and deceive, and help you to see through their games. The rapid pace of today’s corporate environment provides the perfect breeding ground for these "snakes in suits" and this newly revised and updated classic gives you the insight, information, and power to protect yourself and your company before it’s too late.
About the Author
Robert Hare, Ph.D. is the author of Without Conscience and the creator of the standard tool for diagnosing psychopathy, the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. He lives in British Columbia, Canada, where he is a professor at the University of British Columbia.
- ASIN : 0061147893
- Publisher : HarperCollins US; Reprint edition (17 September 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061147890
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061147890
- Dimensions : 2.24 x 15.24 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 55,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recommended this book to my members recently and so many bought it it was out of stock in UK for a short time on Amazon.
It’s a book I read in sections and not in one go and often went back over certain chapters to ensure I had fully understood. Fascinating but a bit chilling in parts as I could recognise these in former colleagues.
In fact I was interviewing folk just last week and spotted one at interview and didn’t take any further into the process.
This book performs a useful social service in pointing this out. However, I found that the descriptions of what these people get up to VERY circuitous and sometimes a bit confusing. This diminished the usefulness of the book.
There were also not enough illustrations of the kind of circumstances in which sociopathic behaviour can be spotted even by those who are not looking for it - so the book will help only those who are tenacious enough to spend time re-reading bits of it.
The hurt and damage done by these individuals is so great that an easier handbook for those who may encounter them in the workplace would have been welcome. So, only three stars.