PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Ever wonder why some employees are not bothered by abusive bosses? They may be psychopaths, according to a new study.

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The study, published last month in the Journal of Business Ethics, says “primary psychopaths” are able to brush off abusive managers and get ahead. They tend to under-react emotionally, lack anxiety and be highly narcissistic.

And although being a psychopath might be seen as a negative trait, researchers say that people high in psychopathy actually do better in an abusive atmosphere because they are able to perform well in stressful contexts.

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However, researchers found that abusive supervisors may empower employees with characteristics that hold strong potential to damage the organization.