People with Power

kinnon —  February 2, 2008 — Leave a comment

Via Bob Sutton’s blog, Dacher Keltner:

“My own research has found that people with power tend to behave like patients who have damaged their brain’s orbitofrontal lobes (the region of the frontal lobes right behind the eye sockets), a condition that seems to cause overly impulsive and insensitive behavior. Thus the experience of power might be thought of as having someone open up your skull and take out that part of your brain so critical to empathy and socially-appropriate behavior.”

Which might explain a lot of what this blog talks about – profoundly sad. I’m thinking Sutton’s book might be appropriate in that situation.

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