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The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence by [Dacher Keltner]
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"An innovative look at the idea of power.... [This] paradigm-shifting book challenges readers to find a new level of awareness about themselves and the leaders they choose to follow."--Publishers Weekly

"The Power Paradox, compelling and eye-opening from start to finish, will change your view of what power is. Power turns out to be a subtler force than it seems, influencing us for better and worse more than we realize. This book explains how people get power, keep it, and keep from being corrupted by it. The good news is the radical claim at the heart of the book: that the best way to get and keep power is to use it for the greater good. This pathbreaking book is full of fascinating and little-known findings, and Dacher Keltner's many years of creative work on the psychology of status and influence make him uniquely qualified to write it." --Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God and The Moral Animal

"Dacher Keltner shares insights into many aspects of power, including afternoon tea in Britain and how Lincoln won the presidency. His combination of academic sophistication and clear style delivers a new concept of power in our society today that is provocative and intriguing." --Sheryl WuDunn, coauthor of Half the Sky and A Path Appears

"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.

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"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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • 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
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Jim H
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really about power as the word is commonly understood.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 June 2017
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Sam
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 July 2018
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Pilch
1.0 out of 5 stars To call this "science" is to debase real academics
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2017
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Spiros Abatis
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written...just not at all true!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 August 2017
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Dr R Stuart-Kotze
2.0 out of 5 stars An optimist's view of power
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2019
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