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The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence Kindle Edition
A revolutionary rethinking of everything we know about power
It shapes every interaction we have, whether we're trying to get a two-year-old to eat green vegetables or ask for a promotion at work. But how do we really gain power? And what does it do to us?
As renowned psychologist Dacher Keltner reveals, the new science of power shows that our Machiavellian view of status is wrong. Influence comes not to those who are ruthless, but to those with socially intelligence and empathy. Yet, ironically, the seductions of success lead us to lose those very qualities that made us powerful in the first place. Keltner draws on fascinating case studies to illuminate this 'power paradox', revealing how it shapes not just companies and elections but everyday relationships. As his myth-busting research shows, power - and powerlessness - distorts our behaviour, affecting whether or not we will have an affair, break the law, drive recklessly or find our purpose in life.
In twenty original 'power principles', Keltner shows how we can retain power by maintaining a focus on others. By redefining power as the ability to do good, The Power Paradox turns everything we know about influence, status and inequality upside down.
"Dacher Keltner is the most interesting psychologist in America. He's busy changing the minds of Americans about how power works, how inequality works. It's only a matter of time before his ideas spread everywhere. And unlike most psychologists I know, he's not a weirdo."--Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short and Moneyball
"With personal insight and the latest science, Dacher Keltner is both realistic and idealistic: The Power Paradox sheds light on human power's dark side, as well as its redeeming qualities. Everyone can learn from this wise book." --Susan T. Fiske, Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton University "That power is not taken but given is true for most human relations today. It has ancient roots in primate behavior. Dacher Keltner applies a lifetime of research to this topic, offering a lively description of how true power is like a return on a social investment in others."--Frans de Waal, author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? "The Power Paradox brings clarity to our confusion, brimming with evidence-based insights into powerlessness, the selfish uses of power, and the best kind: power that furthers the greater good. Dacher Keltner's brilliant research gives us a lens that lets us see afresh hidden patterns in society, politics, and our own lives. No doubt this will be one of the most significant science books of the decades."--Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B0186PAI7U
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (17 May 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 11113 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 167 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 178,098 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One of the people mentioned in the book I had an experience where he was extremely rude to me in the 1990’s
So good to read why he was like he was and he got his just punishment!!!!!
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Another disappointment is that so much of the experimental work the author has done has been with (American) college students in fraternities and sororities. He admits herself that they are not typical of the population as a whole, but ploughs on. He does not mention, though, that it is well established that at age 19 humans are not fully mature and their brains are still developing. So how useful are the results, one wonders. So many people are so differently situated that one feels that his conclusions need taking with a great deal of caution.
One thing that intrigues me is the fact that some people want power and want it a lot; some want it in moderation; some don't want it at all. This topic is not considered at all.