Suspect flattery. Sincere compliments from a coworker or a boss are nice, but outrageous flattery is often an attempt to draw you into a psychopath's snare. If you feel your ego is being massaged, you may be dealing with a psychopath. Be careful.
 Take labels and titles with a grain of salt. Just because someone is older, has a higher position or more degrees, or is wealthier than you are does not mean his or her moral judgment is better than yours.
 Always question authority when it conflicts with your own sense of right and wrong. This may be hard to do, but it is crucial to your own career and well-being.
 Never agree to help a psychopath conceal his or her suspicious activities at work.
 If you are afraid of your boss, never confuse this feeling with respect.
 Realistically assess the damage to your life. If it's too great, you may have to leave. Remember that living well is the best revenge.
A version of this article appeared in the July 2005 issue of Fast Company magazine.