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Does power make you mean?
updated 11:54 AM EDT, Tue October 29, 2013
Darth Vader I could live with. At least you knew where you stood with him. Not Jabba. One minute you're a trusted member of the gang, the next minute he flips a switch and you're down in the pit with a blood-thirsty Rancor. I had a CEO who was just like that.
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Gregory House, 'House'
Buddy Ackerman, 'Swimming with Sharks'
Carter Pewterschmidt, 'Family Guy'
Joe Carroll, 'The Following'
Frank Cross, 'Scrooged'
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- Research suggests a brain mechanism causes us to lose empathy when we gain power
- Scientists found that people with power tend to judge others on superficial traits
- Negative effects of power could be regulated with 'compassion training'
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(CNN) -- We all know the story. Someone gets promoted at work and suddenly they change -- they start forgetting their previous peers or turning into bullies.
As it turns out, it may be in our wiring.
In one of the first studies to make this claim, scientists now say a default brain mechanism may cause us to lose empathy when we gain power.
"This research is important because it opens the door to examining what power does to us," says Sukhvinder Obhi, senior author