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How Power Corrupts the Mind

How Power Corrupts the Mind | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

While at Columbia University, Andy J. Yap set up a simple experiment. After manipulating his subjects into powerful or weak states (in the lab, psychologists are the most powerful ones of all), Yap asked them to guess the height and weight of others both in person and from photographs.

"When people feel powerful or feel powerless, it influences their perception of others," said Yap, who is now a postdoctoral researcher at MIT.  According to their understanding, we judge the power of others relative to our own: When we feel powerful, others appear less so --and powerlessness and smallness often go together in our minds. 

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 24, 2013 2:56 AM

Power is neither good nor bad: just stay self-aware

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 24, 2013 2:57 AM

Power is neither good nor bad: just stay self-aware

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Why Rituals Work: Scientific American

Why Rituals Work: Scientific American | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Recent research suggests that rituals may be more rational than they appear. Why? Because even simple rituals can be extremely effective. Rituals performed after experiencing losses – from loved ones to lotteries – do alleviate grief, and rituals performed before high-pressure tasks – like singing in public – do in fact reduce anxiety and increase people’s confidence. What’s more, rituals appear to benefit even people who claim not to believe that rituals work. While anthropologists have documented rituals across cultures, this earlier research has been primarily observational. Recently, a series of investigations by psychologists have revealed intriguing new results demonstrating that rituals can have a causal impact on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

 

 


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MrAnalytic's curator insight, May 19, 2013 4:30 PM

Positive thinking, creative visualization. Conceptualized this out many years ago. Glad that the study is being done now : )

Linda Allen's curator insight, May 19, 2013 11:41 PM

Great read..

ToKTutor's curator insight, April 19, 10:32 AM

Title 5: Rituals & the role of superstitious knowledge: apparent irrational behaviour seems to have underlying logic...

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The Confirmation Bias: Why It’s Hard to Change Your Mind

The Confirmation Bias: Why It’s Hard to Change Your Mind | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
People search for information that confirms their view of the world and ignore what doesn’t fit.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 5, 2013 4:10 PM

Trying to be just a little bit more open is part of the challenge that the confirmation bias sets us. Can we entertain those doubts for just a little longer? Can we even let the facts sway us and perform that most fantastical of feats: changing our minds?