Are the lunatics running the asylum?

Researcher says business should be screening for corporate psychopaths
||Last Updated: 04/10/2003

Could some of the recent high-profile accounting scandals and corporate fraud be the fault of senior executives with psychopathic tendencies? That’s what one researcher is suggesting.

Robert Hare, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, estimates about one per cent of the population — or about 300,000 Canadians — are clinical psychopaths.

Addressing a conference of the Canadian Police Association in St. John’s, Nfld. he said people applying for positions as police officers and teachers are screened, but corporate executives — who handle hundreds of billions of dollars — aren’t subjected to the same kind of testing.