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Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy

Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy | Executive Coaching Growth | Scoop.it

If your boss is a jerk, there might be a scientific reason for it. A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens the part of the brain that helps us connect with others.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, ThinDifference, Chery Gegelman
Ron McIntyre's insight:

Not surprising but still needs more exploration by authentic leaders, the key is that one can overpower the tendency to quelsh empathy in their roles. But it is not easy nor is it often truly understood.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 29, 2013 9:42 PM

It might be interesting to consider this concept with some teens that bully, or lead others into self-defeating activities. -Lon

Verica Markovic's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:17 AM

Etude intéressante, mais à nuancer.

Chris Brown's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:05 PM

"Whether you're with a team at work [or] your family dinner, all of that hinges on how we adapt our behaviors to the behaviors of other people, and power takes a bite out of that ability, which is too bad."

 

A powerful statement.  How can we keep focused on connecting to others so we don't become less empathetic?

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