Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Course Adoption for SNAKES IN SUITS

Snakes in Suits By Dr. Paul Babiak, Dr. Robert D. HareIt's rare when a book becomes more relevant after its publication date, but that seems to be the case with  Dr. Paul Babiak and Dr. Robert D. Hare' Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work, which just got adopted into a psychology of criminal behavior course.  

This book was published in early 2007—just before the Global Financial Crisis and worldwide recession. In the months after the crash in 2008, I remember hearing a lot of people flippantly compare Wall Street big-wigs to sociopaths or psychopaths. But in Snakes and Suits, we learn that these comparisons may not be as outrageous as we originally thought.

When most people think “psychopath,” images of Hannibal Lecter or some other mass murderer come to mind. But Dr. Babiak and Dr. Hare share that many psychopaths just want money or power or fame. And to achieve that, they often head to the corporate world. The authors reveal the ways that psychopaths use greed culture to their advantage, and often emerge as rising corporate stars because of their willingness to take big risks and their instinctual skills of manipulation. Learning the warning signs of such behavior will not only allow your students to put the recent economic crisis and some of its key players in perspective, but also protect themselves in their future career endeavors.

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