Tag Archive: powerful people

Jun 28

POWER EFFECTS

What are the negative effects of power on people?  In other words, does power affect a person’s physical being?  Of course we can identify many ways power can destroy relationships, produce narcissistic behaviors, and lead to self-destructive choices.  But can power directly impact a person’s brain functioning?  Psychology professor Dacher Keltner from UC Berkeley studied …

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Nov 13

THE VULNERABILITY OF THE POWERFUL

People make bad personal decisions everyday, but we are often surprised when intelligent, successful and powerful people make bad choices that have devastating consequences.  Consider CIA director David H. Petraeus, a highly respected leader who engaged in an extramarital affair in spite of the ramifications.  Why do smart people make stupid decisions?  There is evidence …

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Nov 10

THE PETRAEUS POWER FAILURE

Being highly successful, intelligent, and powerful seems appealing to most of us, but in reality creates an increased likelihood of failure in personal relationships.  CIA director, David H. Petraeus is the most recent example of what I call the Power Failure syndrome: powerful people excelling in their careers, but destroying their relationships through bad choices …

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Apr 24

RUNNING ON EMPTY

Last week I discussed ways people fill their emotional void and where the void originated.  Today I’d like to discuss why many people never realize a void exists until they self-destruct.  You’ve heard the expression “work hard, play hard,” this describes many in my patient population.  Driven, intense, and competitive people don’t transition well from …

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Jun 15

EMOTIONAL MATURITY BREEDS SUCCESS

Last week’s blog focused on powerful and smart people making life damaging choices, specifically Anthony Weiner.  Many of my patients who are high-achievers are intellectually overdeveloped and emotionally underdeveloped. In other words, they are immature, impulsive, selfish, insensitive, and clueless.  Do you recognize anyone who fits this profile?  Many of the patients in my practice …

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Jun 09

POWER IMPAIRS JUDGEMENT

What was he thinking?  Anthony Weiner’s response to that question was,”I don’t know what I was thinking.”  A better response would have been, I wasn’t thinking.  Maybe common sense is not so common.  How does power impair judgement?  Many powerful people are used to getting their way, taking risks, and living a life of perpetual …

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Aug 17

SUCCESS WITH POWER

Last week we talked about the downfall of successful people.  This week our focus is on having power, but successfully managing it.  Do you know people who abuse their power?  In an article written by John Lehrer in The Wall Street Journal, he discusses the paradox of power and describes how when people rise to …

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