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
Genre Non-fiction
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 non-fiction book by industrial psychologist Paul Babiak and psychopathy expert Robert D. Hare. The text was initially 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. Characteristics of manipulators are described as shifting to meet stereotypical gender expectations: a female psychopath might make full use of the passive, warm, nurturing, and dependent sex-role stereotype in order to get what she wants out of others and a male psychopath might use a macho image, intimidation, and aggression to achieve satisfaction of his desires.

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  1. ^ "Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work Hardcover". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Spotting psychopaths at work". BBC News Online. 1 December 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 

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