LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Wednesday’s tragic shooting in Virginia has shed light on violence in the workplace, and a local psychologist wants to share warning signs to look out for.
Vester Flanagan became just the latest in a long list of workplace killers, who murder their supervisors or co-workers before, often times, killing themselves.
Former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was another recent addition to that list, along with a Southern California Edison employee who, in 2011, shot and killed two supervisors in Irwindale. A postal worker in the City of Industry shot and killed a Co-worker in 1995, and a social worker in Santa Fe Springs shot and killed a supervisor after being fired in 1993.
Many of these workplace murderers are said to have a combination of personality traits, which psychologists refer to as malignant narcissism.
Board-certified forensic psychologist, Dr. Alex Yufik, says a person with malignant narcissism is someone who gives off a sense of grandiosity. He describes such individuals as being the “know it all” person with a lack of empathy, who is unable to understand another person’s feelings, and who doesn’t get a long with others.