Chapter 5. Antisocial Managers

Breaking Rules Is Fun

Antisocial managers manipulate others and break rules because it provides a thrill, and not simply to attain concrete goals. Some find a sense of satisfaction in getting away with something. Some enjoy the act of hurting others. They all lack respect for the rights of others and have no empathy for the distress of others.

Antisocial individuals lack a conscience—what psychiatrists call a superego—and are therefore not constrained by normal inhibitions on acceptable behavior. They are relatively immune to guilt, remorse, and anxiety, although they may become anxious if they are about to be caught. Once caught, they blame others, make excuses, and feel no true remorse, although they may be ...

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