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from Big Sister - Sunday, July 03, 2005
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From: FAST COMPANY | Issue 96 | July 2005 | Page 48 By: Fast Company Staff

Fast Company is a business magazine. Although this article is written for the business world, it applies, almost entirely, to the business of running a crazy cult too!

Quiz: Is Your Boss a Psychopath?

The standard clinical test for psychopathy, Robert Hare's PCL-R, evaluates 20 personality traits overall, but a subset of eight traits defines what he calls the "corporate psychopath" -- the nonviolent person prone to the "selfish, callous, and remorseless use of others." Does your boss fit the profile? Here's our do-it-yourself quiz drawing on the test manual and Hare's book Without Conscience. (Disclaimer: If you're not a psychologist or psychiatrist, this will be a strictly amateur exercise.) We've used the pronoun "he," but research suggests psychologists have underestimated the psychopathic propensity of women.

For each question, score two points for "yes," one point for "somewhat" or "maybe," and zero points for "no."

[1] Is he glib and superficially charming?

Is he a likable personality and a terrific talker -- entertaining, persuasive, but maybe a bit too smooth and slick? Can he pass himself off as a supposed expert in a business meeting even though he really doesn't know much about the topic? Is he a flatterer? Seductive, but insincere? Does he tell amusing but unlikely anecdotes celebrating his own past? Can he persuade his colleagues to support a certain position this week -- and then argue with equal conviction and persuasiveness for the opposite position next week? If he's a CEO, can he appear on TV and somehow get away without answering the interviewer's direct questions or saying anything truly substantive?

[2] Does he have a grandiose sense of self-worth?

Does he brag? Is he arrogant? Superior? Domineering? Does he feel he's above the rules that apply to "little people"? Does he act as though everything revolves around him? Does he downplay his legal, financial, or personal problems, say they're just temporary, or blame them on others?

[3] Is he a pathological liar?

Has he reinvented his own past in a more positive light -- for example, claiming that he rose from a tough, poor background even though he really grew up middle class? Does he lie habitually even though he can easily be found out? When he's exposed, does he still act unconcerned because he thinks he can weasel out of it? Does he enjoy lying? Is he proud of his knack for deceit? Is it hard to tell whether he knows he's a liar or whether he deceives himself and believes his own bull?

[4] Is he a con artist or master manipulator?

Does he use his skill at lying to cheat or manipulate other people in his quest for money, power, status, and sex? Does he "use" people brilliantly? Does he engage in dishonest schemes such as cooking the books?

[5] When he harms other people, does he feel a lack of remorse or guilt?

Is he concerned about himself rather than the wreckage he inflicts on others or society at large? Does he say he feels bad but act as though he really doesn't? Even if he has been convicted of a white-collar crime, such as securities fraud, does he not accept blame for what he did, even after getting out of prison? Does he blame others for the trouble he causes?

[6] Does he have a shallow affect?

Is he cold and detached, even when someone near him dies, suffers, or falls seriously ill -- for example, does he visit the hospital or attend the funeral? Does he make brief, dramatic displays of emotion that are nothing more than putting on a theatrical mask and playacting for effect? Does he claim to be your friend but rarely or never ask about the details of your life or your emotional state? Is he one of those tough-guy executives who brag about how emotions are for whiners and losers?

[7] Is he callous and lacking in empathy?

Does he not give a damn about the feelings or well-being of other people? Is he profoundly selfish? Does he cruelly mock others? Is he emotionally or verbally abusive toward employees, "friends," and family members? Can he fire employees without concern for how they'll get by without the job? Can he profit from embezzlement or stock fraud without concern for the harm he's doing to shareholders or pensioners who need their savings to pay for their retirements?

[8] Does he fail to accept responsibility for his own actions?

Does he always cook up some excuse? Does he blame others for what he's done? If he's under investigation or on trial for a corporate crime, like deceitful accounting or stock fraud, does he refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing even when the hard evidence is stacked against him?

If your boss scores:

1-4 | Be frustrated
5-7 | Be cautious
8-12 | Be afraid
13-16 | Be very afraid

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from mia1
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 17:24

my boss has a pic of her boyfriends cock show up everytime he calls her cellphone...its was tramatic to see...
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From Big Sister
Wednesday, July 13, 2005, 21:48

There are WAY better bosses out there. I hope you find one soon!(reply to this comment
Monday, July 04, 2005 - 15:28


"Does he say he feels bad but act as though he really doesn't?" That reminds me of Zerby's statements that "if it was true" that we had suffered what we testified about, it was a real "reproach to the cause of Christ." In fact, it reminds me of every single hypothetical and general so-called blanket apology from WS, none of which has been accompanied by any actions to mitigate the harm they did.

Isn't it curious how Family spokespeople keep saying "oh, it was a few rogue members" or "oh, 9 out of 10 times its due to some family [in lower case] conflict," but then expect survivors to accept a general letter by WS as effective or valid?
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From just wondering....
Tuesday, July 05, 2005, 07:18

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I totally agree with you but I have a question that's a little off the subject....
My parents keep telling me about how TF has apologized countless times to all of us who got abused, but I don’t remember ever getting an apology. I mean I was wondering if anyone could direct me to a certain website that might have copies of these so called apologies, do they exist? I may be wrong, but I haven’t seen a single apology, and they say there’s gn’s with apologies….but hey, we’re not in TF anymore, shouldn’t they be publishing apologies in famous magazines for us to read? We don’t read gn’s anymore, shit, as soon as I got old enough to not be forced to read those sick things I stopped reading them. Did they ever actually publish an apology and make sure we each received it? Maybe sent it to our emails or something?
If anyone can tell me, it’d be appreciated. Forgive me if this sounds a little redundant, I just found this site.

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From pissedoffinnowhereland
Tuesday, July 05, 2005, 17:05

U can waste ur time asking them to apologize but they will only say that they are to busy serving jesus and saving lost souls to take the time to apologize to some "apostate" former members. I think I recall some GN saying something like that before I left....(reply to this comment
From Nick
Tuesday, July 05, 2005, 09:39


As we all know, the family is famous for using sound bites that they give out to their followers to use when they are defending the family. On of the latest ones that I have seen is "The family has apologized countless times"... That’s why your parents have been saying that. It seems to be the new “In 1986 we stopped having freaky sex with underage girls.”

I have seen that phrase used quite a lot lately yet not once have I seen anything telling me where and how they apologized.

If they are referring to the usual generic, unspecific and insincere "We apologize if we have done anything in the past that may have hurt you" then yes, we have had a few of those.

I would like to challenge them to come out with a publication or link to these multiple apologize so we can all have a look. (reply to this comment

From true
Tuesday, July 05, 2005, 14:51

even if "the family" did ever say that "the family" is sorry for the wrong that they have done in the past that is not enough. i want them to pay the victims cash as im sure WS has a lot. they should suport there own creations or the mosters that they have made will seek revenge just like ricky did...... (reply to this comment
From roxal
Tuesday, July 05, 2005, 14:07

Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5(Agree/Disagree?)
I second this challenge.

If any current family member has any information as to where we can see and read at least one of these “countless apologies”, please show us.

What’s an apology if the victims haven’t even seen them?(reply to this comment

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