Is greed really good? The interaction between white-collar criminals and modern Western society, an interdisciplinary study.
Lieshout, J.B.C. van
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The aim of this study was to consider the relationship between corporate business criminals and society. This was done by looking at the mind of the white collar criminal. Subsequently, the structures of Western society relevant for this topic were reviewed. Lastly, to produce a more comprehensive understanding of this theme, the interaction between the above mentioned micro and macro level phenomena were analyzed. The outcomes of this study provided some interesting findings. The first finding was that white-collar criminals resemble behavior of that of psychopaths. Second, it has been illustrated that these figures seem to thrive well in the current society. In addition, psychopathic personalities are often well disguised because of the general focus on materialistic, superficial signs of status. Although the interaction between individuals and society is a very complex issue, this should not be seen as a restriction on further research. Free of disciplinary restraints, further interdisciplinary research can especially be fruitful in the understanding of the complex mechanisms underlying human behavior.