Snakes in Suits

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Snakes In Suits
When Psychopaths Go to Work
Snakes in Suits When Psychopaths Go to Work (book) cover.jpg
Hardcover edition
Author Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare
Country United States
Language English
Subject Psychopathy, business
Publisher HarperBusiness
Publication date
May 9, 2006 (2006-05-09)
Media type Print
Pages 336 pp.
ISBN 978-0-06-083772-3

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work is a book by industrial psychologist Paul Babiak and psychopathy expert Robert D. Hare. The text was published by HarperBusiness on May 9, 2006.[1]


The authors estimate that one in 100 people in North America are psychopaths.[2] The text covers the nature of psychopaths in the context of employment and purports to explain:

  • How psychopaths manipulate their way into work and get promoted,
  • The effects of their presence on colleagues and corporations, and
  • The superficial similarities (and fundamental differences) between leadership skills and psychopathic traits.

The work is interlaced with fictional narratives illustrating how the factual content applies to real-life situations.

Although it includes cautions against personally diagnosing or publicly labeling people as psychopaths, the book and its media coverage have been criticized for implicitly promoting the idea of psychopathy as a common cause of negative behavior in work and for neglecting the importance of situational factors.[3]

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  1. ^ "Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work Hardcover". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Spotting psychopaths at work". 1 December 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  3. ^ ‘Psychopaths’ at Work? Implications of Lay Persons’ Use of Labels and Behavioural Criteria for Psychopathy Carlo, Caponecchia; Andrew, Sun; Anne, Wyatt. Journal of Business Ethics , Volume 107 (4) Jun 1, 2012

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