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.
From The Editors
Sane in the City (02)By Christi Chidester, Alex Dixon | Winter 2007-08
What do healthy urban neighborhoods look like?
The Power Paradox (14)By Dacher Keltner | Winter 2007-08
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.
Robert I. Sutton explains how to handle bullies in the office—and prevent your own “inner jerk” from getting out.
Peaceful Parenting (17)By Sura Hart, Victoria Kindle Hodson | Winter 2007-08
Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson explain how to turn parent-child conflict into cooperation.
Political Primates (18)By Christopher Boehm | Winter 2007-08
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 Claude M. Steiner | Winter 2007-08
Couples often struggle over sex and intimacy, but Claude M. Steiner offers a path to more satisfying relationships.
Power Sickness (20)By Eve Ekman | Winter 2007-08
Feeling powerless harms our health, reports Eve Ekman. What can we do about it?
Playing with Power (22)By Jason Marsh | Winter 2007-08
Jason Marsh reflects on an educational classic.
Closing the Circuit (23)By Jill Suttie | Winter 2007-08
Helen Mayberg’s research could revolutionize depression treatment.
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 Christine Carter | Winter 2007-08
By Tal Ben-Shahar
McGraw-Hill, 2007, 224 pages
By Joshua Coleman
HarperCollins, 2007, 312 pages
By Aidan Delgado
Beacon Press, 2007, 228 pages
By Robert A. Emmons
Houghton Mifflin, 2007, 256 pages
Pop Culture Review
Ideas for the Greater Good
A giant in the field of social psychology draws on five decades of teaching and research to reveal the secrets of a fulfilling life to today's graduating seniors.
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
Feeling fed up and burned out, Dad? That may be a sign of progress, says Jeremy Adam Smith.
A new study suggests why it is that good feelings benefit our bodies as well as our minds.
Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman explain the science behind "mind whispering"—a technique for overcoming self-defeating habits of mind.
Studies show giving makes people happy, and happiness makes people give--but not always. Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton offer three ways to help people feel good about giving.
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Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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