Sep 15, 2004

'Corporate psychopaths' at large

LONDON, England (CNN) -- If you work in an office, watch out -- your boss or the person sitting next to you could be a psychopath.

But not every psychopath is a budding Hannibal Lecter or Patrick Bateman, the Harvard Business School-educated Wall Street banker with a sadistic murderous streak who is the anti-hero of Brett Easton Ellis' brutal novel "American Psycho".

They may not be violent, the New Scientist magazine warns, but their character traits are identifiable as psychopathic and they're helping them climb the corporate ladder.

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