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Ever been a victim of someone's egoistic powerplay??? Well here's why...
We all love “Power”. No, not talking about super powers. We are reffering today to “Power” of a person’s position in a particular field of work. Psychological research shows that powerfull and powerless people see the world in very different ways.
Power dynamics are present in nearly every human social interaction—between workers and managers, parents and children, romantic partners and friends. "Power is everywhere”. Power—or a lack of it—affects the way we think and behave. And for good reason: Understanding the effects of power can help us select stronger leaders, design better organizations and make healthier choices in our personal lives.
Power comes in many flavors: wealth, social status and influence over others, just to name a few. When we have all the resources we need, we are not dependent on others, therefore they don't have power over us. But if we have resources other people want, then we have power over them. People who feel powerless are more likely to experience negative emotions, pay more attention to threats than to rewards, and behave in more inhibited ways. People in positions of greater power, on the other hand, are more likely to experience positive moods, pay attention to social rewards, make quick decisions and act in uninhibited ways.
We have seen many great leaders using their “Power” In many good ways for the greater good of the society. Power is generally associated with reduced perspective-taking, power might actually make it easier to consider other people's points of view when those leaders feel an increased sense of responsibility toward others. Free from the constraints of others, people's true personality comes out. We need to select the right people for power, people who already come in with a sense of responsibility to others.
Powerful people also have the ability to create situations that are problematic for everybody around them. Because they tend to keep such a laser focus on their own goals, the powerful can discount the needs of others, be less willing to compromise and rely on mental shortcuts and stereotypes when they make decisions....(..)
It comes back to the definition of power. When we have power, we're less dependent on others and we can act in a more egocentric way and when we lack power, we need to serve others to access resources and we're more likely to act in a prosocial way. Self-centered leaders aren't just a problem for the people they step over on their way to the top. Their unethical decisions and bad behavior can weaken a person, organizations or even whole societies.
In most of the cases, people have a skewed view of their own ability to control their lives—in other words, they may not realize how much agency they actually have. Others accurately perceive their own power, but most of the time fail to do a better job keeping it in perspective. We need the benefits of power to move forward in life and step up to the plate, but we need to minimize the downside that egocentric focus.
Written by priyangsu maji