How Power Makes People Selfish

Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said the British historian Lord Acton. Unfortunately, this is not entirely a myth. A great deal of research—especially from…

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  1. Fig. 1 by University of California says:

    Can a little bit of power turn you into cookie monster?

  2. University of California says:

    When researchers at +UC Berkeley gave people power in scientific
    experiments, those people were more likely to physically touch others in
    potentially inappropriate ways, to make risky choices and gambles, to speak
    their mind, and to eat cookies like the Cookie Monster, with crumbs all
    over their chins and chests.

  3. UC Berkeley says:

    When researchers at +UC Berkeley gave people power in scientific
    experiments, those people were more likely to physically touch others in
    potentially inappropriate ways, to make risky choices and gambles, to speak
    their mind, and to eat cookies like the Cookie Monster, with crumbs all
    over their chins and chests.

  4. Hey Amberly says:

    Next time you do an experiment involving cookies, count me in!

  5. YesEthan says:

    😀 that was funny

  6. RedInferno112 says:

    There is almost certainly a good reason for this. When you are in a
    powerful position, people naturally have more respect for you. Acting like
    a prick (should) help you to assert your dominance.
    Another idea is that people is high positions of power experience euphoria,
    allowing them to disregard many things and self-indulge.
    We’ve evolved to efficiently eat, drink, shit, piss, sleep, fuck and not a
    lot else.

  7. Aguila701 says:

    People in politics also tend to have good instincts.

  8. Mnakekeli Ngcamphalala says:

    No one man should have too much power 

  9. Sebastian Lundh says:

    So that’s why I eat so much and have stains on my clothes!

  10. Diana Topan says:
  11. Erick Garcia says:

    very interesting … to many cookie monsters out there 

  12. Hurol Aslan says:

    This video suggests an analogy between the powerful people’s behavior and
    the behavior of the ones with frontal lobe damage, but it does not seem to
    suggest possible reasons for it.

  13. Lighton Phiri says:

    The ‘Cookie Monster’ study—how appropriate :)

  14. Barry Murray says:

    And one student said… I think power people are eating differently. And it
    turned they were eating with their mouth open, talking with food in their
    mouths, lips smacking, crumbs all over them…I like this video…
    http://youtu.be/0vvl46PmCfE

  15. Yui Daoren says:
  16. Kenneth McCormick says:

    Apparently, power works kinda like Head Trauma ??

  17. Lighton Phiri says:

    The ‘Cookie Monster’ study

  18. André Esteves says:
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  20. Christopher Nedoroscik says:

    What if I’m not really all that selfish, but have what science likes to
    call “Hell bound cookie lust”? Sure I made the term up myself, and sure I
    have a court order that states I’m not aloud to call myself a “scientist”
    because of that thing that happened with all of the squirrels, and Safeway,
    however I will fight small children if it involves getting a cookie. Grown
    people, and farm animals too… the list goes on!

  21. Yinghan Fu says:

    For this we need U Cal Berkeley?

  22. Leandro Armas says:

    Testing

  23. Tolis Bak says:

    When researchers at +UC Berkeley gave people power in scientific
    experiments, those people were more likely to physically touch others in
    potentially inappropriate ways, to make risky choices and gambles, to speak
    their mind, and to eat cookies like the Cookie Monster, with crumbs all
    over their chins and chests.

  24. Sebastian Reyes Espinosa says:

    “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said the
    British historian Lord Acton and, as we know now, unfortunately this is not
    a myth.

    UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner explains some of the ways in which
    power encourages individuals to act on their own whims, desires, and
    impulses. “When you give people power, they basically start acting like
    fools. They flirt inappropriately, tease in a hostile fashion, and become
    totally impulsive.” They actually begin to exhibit behavior similar to
    neurology patients with brain damage, which prevents them from relating to
    others.

  25. stanilasc8 says:

    right, like Queen Elizabeth and shit…she’s the biggest dictator and the
    most selfish old woman around the world

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