What can we learn from psychopaths? That's the provocative question at the heart of Dr. Kevin Dutton's provocative new book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.
In the case of Lance Armstrong, who has exhibited many of the telltale signs of psychopathy, the condition cuts both ways. On the one hand, we can learn how to be ruthless in pursuit of a goal. In Armstrong's case that meant pursuing the Tour de France, whatever the cost. As we now know, the ruthless pursuit of a goal was both Armstrong's making and his undoing.
So how do we learn to manage these tendencies which can both help us obtain what we want, but also destroy us?