Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. He is also the faculty director of The Greater Good Science Center. Dacher’s research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, love, beauty, power, social class, and inequality.
Do you run towards or away from having more power? Often perceived as the need to manipulate, coerce or dominate others, it turns out that power is actually the ability to make a difference in the world by influencing others. As a result power is not something to be taken, but given to us through the practices of empathy, kindness, generosity and gratitude. The paradox however is that as our power grows from these practices, it often ends up disconnecting us from the very people we serve. So how can we navigate the power paradox?
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