Power diminishes empathy

Researchers have some new insights into how power diminishes a person’s capacity for empathy. According to scientists, a sense of power shuts down a part of the brain that helps us connect with others.

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For their study that builds on past information about how the brain operates, the researchers found that even the smallest bit of power – for instance from a job promotion or more money – can shut down our ability to empathize with others.

It seems the sense of power has an adverse affect on the mirror system of people. The mirror system is composed of special brain cells called mirror neurons which have been proposed as a driving force for imitation which lies at the root of much human learning and empathy. Learn more here, here or here.

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