Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work Book Review

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Snakes Suits
When Psychopaths Go To Work
Book Review

by
Antoinette Foster-Shaw
EDD 9100
Leadership

Nova Southeastern University
April 19, 2011

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Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work (2007) is a compelling and realistic book

that openly discusses corporate psychopaths. This book also helps the reader go beyond the

stereotypes placed on psychopaths. The authors are two psychologist; Dr. Robert Babiak and

and Dr. Robert Hare who both have performed extensive research in psychopathy. These authors

have displayed how psychopaths slither not only their way into people’s personal lives but also

the workforce with devious methods and strategies. The main tool of a psychopath is disarming

charisma with the lack of empathy, remorse, and shame. Their mind is constantly searching for

angles to start the games of deceit. They also represent confidence, strength, calmness, and

always seem right for the job offered. Assessment, manipulation, abandonment, and ascension

are the phases of psychopathic behavior which are concisely explained in very simple terms for

easy understanding. The phases enable the reader to clearly understand each phase that is

relevant in a psychopath’s process towards their main goals of accomplishment. The authors

have clearly demonstrated how the strategies of manipulation and deceit start in the very

beginning stages with the hiring process. Dr. Babiak and Dr. Hare have explicitly shown

countless examples of case studies with information which ascertain the true differences of

criminally insane individuals and psychopaths. These psychopaths climb up the corporate ladder

utilizing disingenuous skills while abusing people on their way up until they have accomplished

what they want and need. Psychopaths choose their victims early in the game by controlling, and

abandoning them when there is no longer a need for these individuals. Many case studies and

examples exhibit how psychopaths work from day to day with charisma as parasites and

predators. Until the psychopath decides the time has come to leave they usually have gotten the

corporation or department in a state of confusing circumstances. When the psychopath feels the 2

time is right to leave they never look back to see how their conniving actions have

impacted innocent people or the company. The psychopath can do tremendous damage and

failure to label them could ruin lives or the company. Leaders must watch for the red flags,

take a stand, and respond with greater wisdom to protect the corporation and employees from

the manipulation, deceit, and abuse.

Each chapter begins with a case study from the authors own personal experience, and

supporting evidence. Chapter 1; Nice Suit, Would a Snake Wear Such a Nice Suit? Gives a brief

introduction plus an actual example of a psychopath within a corporation and the destruction that

was caused. It ends with the employees celebrating with a deep sense of relief that the

psychopath has left the company. Chapter 2; Who Are These People? Describes in concise

detail a psychopath, the traits and domains that exist. These domains and traits include:

interpersonal, affective, lifestyle, and antisocial. Chapter 3; What You See May Not Be What

You see is an excellent chapter that explains the phases and characteristics of a psychopath.

These phases comprise of: assessment. manipulation, abandonment, and ascension. Chapter 4;

Psychopathic Manipulation: How Did He Do That? Explains the bonds and relationships

that occurs...
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