Winter 2007-08 (Volume IV, Issue 3)


The Psychology of Power

This issue of Greater Good investigates why good people abuse positions of power. Drawing on cutting edge scientific research, articles explore how we can promote responsible uses of power in the workplace, the classroom, at home, and even in U.S. foreign policy.

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From The Editors

In Brief

Sane in the City (02)

By | December 1, 2007

What do healthy urban neighborhoods look like?


Good Enough (03)

By | December 1, 2007


Happy Days? (04)

By | December 1, 2007

By The Numbers


Do we need God to be good? (05)

By | December 1, 2007


Facing Fear (06)

By | December 1, 2007


What Seems to be the Problem? (07)

By | December 1, 2007


Meditate on This (08)

By | December 1, 2007


The Costs of Loneliness (09)

By | December 1, 2007


Body Language (10)

By | December 1, 2007

Dacher Keltner reveals the stories behind everyday gestures.


Brain Teaser

Does Sleeping Well Make Us More Socially Adept? (10)

By | December 1, 2007


Guest Column

Social Intelligence: The Power of Mindsight (12)

By | December 1, 2007

How can we free ourselves from prisons of the past?



The Socially Intelligent Superpower (13)

By | December 1, 2007

An Interview with Foreign Policy Expert Anne-Marie Slaughter



The Power Paradox (14)

By | December 1, 2007

True power requires modesty and empathy, not force and coercion, argues Dacher Keltner. But what people want from leaders—social intelligence—is what is damaged by the experience of power.


Are You a Jerk at Work? (15)

By | December 1, 2007

Robert I. Sutton explains how to handle bullies in the office—and prevent your own “inner jerk” from getting out.


Little Dictator (16)

By | December 1, 2007

The psychology of power: A story of power


Peaceful Parenting (17)

By | December 1, 2007

Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson explain how to turn parent-child conflict into cooperation.


Political Primates (18)

By | December 1, 2007

Are humans prone to try to dominate or live harmoniously with each other? Christopher Boehm uncovers a seven-million-year-old answer.


Honesty and Respect (19)

By | December 1, 2007

Couples often struggle over sex and intimacy, but Claude M. Steiner offers a path to more satisfying relationships.

Nadine Burke at work in San Francisco's Bayview Child Health Center. "Power plays a huge role in my work," she says.

Power Sickness (20)

By | December 1, 2007

Feeling powerless harms our health, reports Eve Ekman. What can we do about it?


Burdens of Power (21)

By | December 1, 2007

The Psychology of Power: Methods


Playing with Power (22)

By | December 1, 2007

Jason Marsh reflects on an educational classic.

Helen Mayberg at work in her lab at Emory University. Mayberg is "really on the cutting edge of where the field of depression research needs to go," says Steve Hollon of Vanderbilt University.

Closing the Circuit (23)

By | December 1, 2007

Helen Mayberg’s research could revolutionize depression treatment.

Kindergarten students participate in a Second Step lesson. The program is currently used in roughly 25,000 schools throughout the United States and Canada.

Stop! Calm Down! Think! (24)

By | December 1, 2007

The Second Step program has helped nine million kids understand and manage their emotions—and research shows that it’s leading to kinder, smarter schools says Dawn Friedman


Book Reviews

Your Brain on Politics (25)

By | December 1, 2007

A Review of:
The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why democracies Choose Bad Policies
By Bryan Capian
Princeton University Press, 2007, 280 pages

The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
By Drew Weston
PublicAffairs, 2007, 384 pages


Book Review: Happier (26)

By | December 1, 2007

By Tal Ben-Shahar
McGraw-Hill, 2007, 224 pages


Book Review: When Parents Hurt (27)

By | December 1, 2007

By Joshua Coleman
HarperCollins, 2007, 312 pages


Book Review: The Sutras of Abu Ghraib (28)

By | December 1, 2007

By Aidan Delgado
Beacon Press, 2007, 228 pages


Book Review: Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier (29)

By | December 1, 2007

By Robert A. Emmons
Houghton Mifflin, 2007, 256 pages


Pop Culture Review

Supernanny Jo Frost (left) comes to the rescue of the Bowersock family.

The Powerless Parent (30)

By | December 1, 2007

Supernanny sends a tough message to parents, but does it really help?


Ideas for the Greater Good

The Virtue of Sadness (31)

By | December 1, 2007




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