Monday, April 18, 2005
"...Belinda Board and Katarina Fritzon of Surrey University decided to test whether there was any overlap between the personalities of business managers, psychiatric patients and hospitalised criminals (psychopathic and psychiatrically ill). Their results, published last month, make startling reading.
Board and Fritzon found that three of 11 personality disorders (PDs) were actually commoner in managers than in disturbed criminals."
Like you expected otherwise.
It seems to me that a program running on some public televison stations makes a similar assertion. Moreover, it is said that the "Corporation", which is legally "a person", has all the qualities of a sociopath.
I think you mean the documentary film "The Corporation". Quite a brilliant movie, in fact, made by a bunch of Canucks in my hometown and based upon the book from a law professor at UBC (http://www.thecorporation.com/index.php?page_id=23)
who also co-produced the movie. I highly recommend it.
Here's the movie website : http://www.thecorporation.com/
I've seen that documentary and it's really very good. However, it doesn't really strike home with me. It basic arguement is similar to calling a lion a 'sociapath' because it goes around killing other animals, and its own kind, for survival. Sociopath implies that the comparison of normal is based on a preset notion of how the specific society operates. Thus in the wild, a lion that tries to make friends with the gazelles and takes time to care for the trees would be the true sociopath. I don't see any difference with business.
Quite true, David except that corporations are artifical constructs built under a specific legal authorization. If the incentive structure that they are operating under results in a sociopathic behaviour, and leads to literally killin gpeople than there is something terribly wrong with it. It's one thing to ask "why do people commit crimes" and quite another one to ask "why are some of our socially sanctions and created institutions are trying to kill some of us?". The answer for the first one is (partly) based on uncontrollable human nature, the other one is a specific socio-economic problem to be solved.