If you have ever thought that your charismatic, ambitious, ruthless, and unfeeling boss could be a psychopath, your armchair diagnosis may not be far off.
Psychopathy is an inherited mental disorder, an illness that is the result of a deformity in the brain. Those who are born with psychopathy can be dangerous. They are also often very successful in ascending to positions of power. (Whether they're more successful than others once they're in power has not been determined.)
"We promote them, we elect them, and sometimes, a lot of people feel comfortable when people like that are in charge of our lives," Dr. Igor Galynker tells CNBC. He is the associate chairman for research in the Department of Psychiatry and the founder and director of the Richard and Cynthia Zirinsky Center for Bipolar Disorder at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, as well as a professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City.