The Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout , Ph.D., MJF Books, New York, NY 2005. As dentists we need to be aware of the characteristics of sociopaths, not only as patients but also as employees or associates/partners who may manipulate us or steal from us. Sociopaths have no conscience and feel that they can do anything. Comprising 4% of the population they are 100 times more common than those with colon cancer. They can be charming, confident, and appear competent, but they lie, cheat, destroy relationships, and can present false credentials when looking to work in a practice. They are also skilled embezzlers. Be vigilant for this type of individual when hiring an employee or selecting a dentist to join or buy a practice.
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