Happiness and Adaptive Psychopathic Traits in the Workplace

Authored by: Guillaume Durand

The Routledge Companion to Happiness at Work

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367266554
eBook ISBN: 9780429294426
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Psychopathy is commonly associated with maladaptive traits, which are detrimental to well-being in an organizational context. While all researchers agree that maladaptive traits are central to the concept of psychopathy, some scholars add that psychopathy can sometimes also encompass adaptive traits. This chapter offers a review of the impact of psychopathy on well-being in organizational settings, with a focus on psychopathic traits that are considered adaptive. I begin with an overview of the personality traits typically associated with happiness at work. Then I proceed to a general definition of psychopathy. I then review the literature pertaining to psychopathy and to both happiness and work, explore the potential relationships between adaptive psychopathic traits and well-being at work, discuss how to identify employees who could manifest these adaptive psychopathic traits, and conclude with recommendations for future work.

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