Power Corrupts And Its Effect On Social Behavior Essay

1926 Words Oct 11th, 2016 8 Pages
A familiar proverb asserts that “power corrupts” but could corruption also signify power? The study “Breaking the Rules to Rise to Power: How Norm Violators Gain Power in the Eyes of Others” hypothesized that the act of violating a norm fuels an individual’s perceived power because it implies that an individual has the power to act according to their own volition despite societal pressure. To investigate this theory, the team authored four studies. Yielding power involves being uninfluenced by others, having the capacity to control outcomes and administer punishment. A mark of powerful individuals is that they tend to act according to their own volition regardless of the appropriateness. Consequently, they defy the norms of society - the implicit and explicit rules that constrain and govern social behavior. High power individuals encounter fewer social constraints and more resources which activated their behavioral approach system and disinhibition. On the other hand, low power individuals experience more social constraints, threats & punishments which activates their behavioral inhibition system, which restricts their actions. Due to behavioral disinhibition, powerful individuals are more likely to break social norms, exhibiting socially inappropriate behavior. Powerful people are more likely to interrupt, invade personal space, fail to take another’s perspective, ignore other people’s suffering, stereotype, patronize, cheat, take credit for another’s contributions,…

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