Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at University of California in Berkeley, one of the world’s foremost scientists specializing in the study of power, and author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. [Note: this is a rebroadcast from the vault.]
What We Discuss with Dacher Keltner:
- You don’t have to be Machiavellian to appreciate that Niccolo Machiavelli was the OG power scientist.
- What is The Power Paradox, and how does it affect us and society at large?
- The imbalance of power is the greatest threat to society (just after climate change).
- Powerlessness can literally be lethal.
- Learn how we can increase our power relative to others in a healthy way.
- And much more…
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As human beings, most of us understand to some degree that power — that is, the control, authority, or influence we have over others — is a part of every relationship and interaction. Some of us naturally exude this power, while others get stuck in patterns of powerlessness.
In this episode, we sit down with UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner, author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. He’s been studying the effects of power since the ’80s, and believes that imbalance of power is the greatest threat to society — just after climate change.
Listen to this episode in its entirety to learn more about how we can promote a healthier balance of power in our social interactions; problematic forms of power; the importance of journalism, art, and satire for balancing power in a free society; how reputation and gossip influence the rise and fall of power; how powerlessness activates sensitivity to threat, causes anxiety and violence, increases cortisol, and can literally be lethal; how to reclaim power from bullies and dominators; how status, control, and power differ; the usual motivations behind altruism and philanthropy; the concept of competitive altruism; the empathy behind the unlikely power of Abraham Lincoln; why wealthy and powerful white people constitute the demographic most likely to shoplift, and more. Listen, learn, and enjoy! [Note: this is a rebroadcast from the vault.]
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Resources from This Episode:
- The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence by Dacher Keltner | Amazon
- Other Books by Dacher Keltner | Amazon
- Dacher Keltner | UC Berkeley
- The Greater Good Science Center
- Dacher Keltner: Doing the Unprecedented | TEDxBerkeley 2010
- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli | Amazon
- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin | Amazon
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