I think we’ve all been there. It’s about an hour before you leave work, and your crazy boss finds you and tells you to come into his office to review some reports you’ve written. He then insists you sit in his office for the next hour to fix the mistakes, after a condescending lecture, and then leaves you alone in his office with a door that locks from the outside. Wait…you haven’t experienced that? Well, my boss is just crazier than yours.
A boss of mine in the past would always yell something ridiculous at me during our weekly meeting. I would not have called someone who I had never heard of, or not planned a meeting I didn’t know existed. To which she replied, infamously: “it’s your job to know what you don’t know.” Sorry, my B.
I once worked for a woman who notoriously made everyone in the office cry, except for me.
Who are these people? These crazy power hungry bosses that insist that we read their minds while simultaneously bending to their every will? The ones who are friendly and supportive one moment, and yelling at you while crying the next? Why, these are psychopaths, mah boy!
Technically, the word “psychopath” is more of a colloquial term, synonymous with “sociopath.” In the gigantic coffee-table-sized book that psychologists use to diagnose people, the term psychopath that everyone knows most likely resembles something called “Antisocial Personality Disorder.” The essential feature of Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) is a ‘pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others.’ (See, I knew I would use this book again someday!)
Common features of APD include manipulation, deceit, and a lack of empathy. People with APD act without thinking of the consequences or of others, and act in their own interests. These individuals are very aggressive, destructive, and irresponsible. Sounds like a lawyer on bath salts, AM I RIGHT?
The list goes on and on. My point is not to generalize all bosses into some category of crazytown, but to offer you an explanation. And commiseration. You are not alone – there’s a famous book with a definition that explains why your boss does evil shit to you; the only thing missing is their picture and a bullseye.
So, we at BroCast salute you for enduring the torture of an overtly crazy cunt of a boss in order to achieve greatness or just to put things on your resume. We’ll have the whisky waiting in hand when you realize you can’t take it anymore. And we’ll drag ass back to the front lines with you on Monday morning. Cause, bitch gotsta get paid.
Want to know if you’re a psychopath? Good thing Levenson already made a test to figure that out, otherwise we’d all be dead: http://personality-testing.info/tests/LSRP.php
Also watch this TED Talk. Jon Ronson wrote The Psychopath Test and is a nerdy British journalist for the Guardian who is obsessed with psychopaths. Learn something, dammit! http://www.ted.com/talks/jon_ronson_strange_answers_to_the_psychopath_test