Dacher Keltner: How Power Causes Brain Damage

By UPLIFT on Thursday August 17th, 2017

Science Proves That Too Much Power Really Does Corrupt.

If you’ve ever wondered why power can turn great people into grade-A bullies,  science may have an answer for you. Dacher Keltner is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California and for two decades he’s been studying the effects of power on the brain. There are certain behaviours and personality traits he says, that will help someone rise to a position of power.

Your power is rooted in your connection to other people and what you give to them, and suddenly what that tells us is that power is a privilege. It’s a responsibility you have to make a difference in the world.

Unfortunately, what his research found is that once people gain power they don’t always respect that privilege. The mental capability of ‘powerful’ people often resembles that of someone who’s suffered a brain injury; they become more impulsive, less risk averse, and less empathetic.

The paradox hits us which is that once we feel powerful then we lose the very skills that got us the respect and esteem of others.

But his research found that some people are more likely than others to abuse their power. Can you guess who they are?

August 17th 2017

About Our Guest:

Dacher Keltner is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California Berkley and Founding Director of the Greater Good Science Centre. He is also the Author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain & Lose Power.

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4 Responses to Dacher Keltner: How Power Causes Brain Damage

  1. Unfortunately this peace of info comes from a professor at Berkley University which have proven itself to be a place FULL of bullies who physically will attack ANYONE who do not agree with what they have to say. The behavior and lack of addressing such behavior the past year has been appalling.

    • So it’s good they have someone that might be able to enlighten the place eh Cindy? Assuming it’s true cause I sure don’t know…

    • So what if the place is known for bullying, it does not mean that good things can not come from that place, and if you look throughout history you will see that some of the best things came from the worse places that you would have never imagined

  2. Congratulations Dacher;
    Your name has gone down in my understanding of history as the person who has FINALLY discovered why mankind has has had to endure thousands of years of the atrocities he has visited on himself. As Edison invented electricity so did you “turn the power” on by furthering our understanding of power, something that has plagued us, something that we have been totally unable to come to grips with, something that we had BETTER get an understanding of right quick!!

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