There’s a book that I have read and which I highly recommend for anyone who’s looking to get involved in startups, upper management…pretty much anywhere in business where “the air is rare” (to quote Sinatra). It’s called “Snakes in Suits,” and it’s essentially a study of how people with certain affective personality disorders (in common parlance, “psychopaths”) raise havoc in business environments. One of the two authors is Robert Hare, who actually created the definitive diagnostic tool for these kinds of disorders. Credentials aside, it’s clear as you read that Hare and his co-author Paul Babiak really did their homework writing this book.
It’s a fascinating read that, unfortunately, will probably have you saying, “Hey, I recognize that pattern. And that pattern. And THAT pattern…” But above the fact that it’s engaging and will probably yield bushels of hindsight, I have found that it’s been very useful in spotting certain behaviors, and the lessons I garnered from reading it has helped me spot some very bad juju before it entangled me. And I dare believe that you may feel more empowered after reading it…and that will help you heal as well.