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Power Shuts Down Empathy

  Neuroscientists have found evidence to suggest feelings of power shut down a system in our brain that helps with empathy.

Neuroscientists have found evidence to suggest feelings of power shut down a system in our brain that helps with empathy.
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But empathy may be gained when you exclude that person from your life.  However in the same time,  like an addictive status of a drug, that individual will seek power in an environment where he can use subordinates and less powerful people and not be around people who he can’t use.

This is something I knew was true all the time; I went through it personally.   I dont’ feel like sharing my experiences and stories about it, but I was shocked to read its outcome this way especially the last line about that new study.

The site is also linking to the whole study in a pdf

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/10/210686255/a-sense-of-power-can-do-a-number-on-your-brain?ft=1&f=1007

“The researchers found that the mirror system—and by extension, one’s ability to connect with others—was tuned down by power.

“What we’re finding is power diminishes all varieties of empathy,”

The good news, he says, is that there’s an emerging field of research that suggests powerful people who begin to forget their subordinates can be coached back toward their former kindness. “

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