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 | 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
Facing Fear (06)By | December 1, 2007
Meditate on This (08)By | December 1, 2007
Body Language (10)By | December 1, 2007
Dacher Keltner reveals the stories behind everyday gestures.
How can we free ourselves from prisons of the past?
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.
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.
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.
Closing the Circuit (23)By | December 1, 2007
Helen Mayberg’s research could revolutionize depression treatment.
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
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
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
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
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
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