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Unmasking Financial Psychopaths

Inside the Minds of Investors in the Twenty-First Century

Authors: Gregory, D.

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As financial markets expand globally in response to economic and technological developments of the twenty-first century, our understanding and expectations of the people involved in these markets also change. Unmasking Financial Psychopaths suggests that an increasing number of financiers labeled "financial psychopaths" are not truly psychopathic, but instead are by-products of a rapidly changing personal and professional environment. Advances have been made in identifying psychopaths outside of situations accompanied by physical violence, yet it is still difficult to differentiate psychopaths in cultural settings that have adopted psychopathic behavioral tendencies as the norm. Within the investment sector, a fundamental transformation has occurred: the type of person employed by financial firms and the environment within which finance is conducted have both changed. Society's expectation of financiers adapted to these subtle, behind-the-scenes shifts, resulting the public at large perceiving more individuals in the financial sector as acting in a psychopathic manner. Being able to distinguish the truly psychopathic financier from individuals who conform to behavioral expectations is the first step towards a cultural shift away from accepted psychopathic behaviors in the financial sector.

About the authors

Deborah W. Gregory is a Lecturer in Finance at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. She holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Florida, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst as well as a Jungian psychoanalyst. She focuses her research at the intersection of the financial and psychoanalytical worlds.

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"As a broker on Wall Street and member of NYSE for more than four decades, I've seen a lot of changes in the market, not all for the better. This book describes the background of how the mindset of market participants has changed, leading to unintended consequences arising from increased high-frequency trading and other technologically-driven modifications in the market, such as dark pools, internalization, decimalization, and short sale rules. These changes have resulted in markets that have deviated from their original purpose, which was to serve investors and facilitate the capital formation process for businesses. Unmasking Financial Psychopaths doesn't simply unmask psychopaths it also shows how changes in regulations intended to achieve specific goals have actually resulted in a new market environment that rewards participants for acting in their own self-interest, not necessarily in the best interests of the capital markets or the investing public." - Ted Weisberg, President, Seaport Securities Corporation, USA

"Deborah Gregory has written a thoughtful and penetrating study into the contemporary ills of Wall Street that affected us all in our individual financial security and in our level of trust in those who manage our financial system on a daily basis. Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a university professor in finance as well as her training and clinical experience as a Jungian psychoanalyst, she weaves together the many threads that have produced a culture of financial psychopathy of those drawn to the field of investment finance." - Thayer A. Greene, IAAP, Jungian Psychoanalyst and Training Faculty, C.G. Jung Institute, USA


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Unmasking Financial Psychopaths
Book Subtitle
Inside the Minds of Investors in the Twenty-First Century
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36075-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137360755
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37075-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47539-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 199
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