31 January 2018 /

The Power Paradox

Guest Speaker Dacher Keltner

Sue Bethanis hosts Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and the faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center.

A renowned expert in the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotion, Dr. Keltner studies the science of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and how emotions shape our moral intuition. His research interests also span issues of power, status, inequality, and social class. Dr. Keltner has shared the stage with the Dalai Lama, counseled Pixar for depicting emotions for the film Inside Out, and has advised Facebook on the use of emoticons. He is the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and argues that people acquire power through socially intelligent practices, but lose those talents once feeling the surges of power.

Dr. Keltner and Sue discuss:

  • Why we need to question a coercive model of power
  • How feeling powerful makes us less empathetic and responsive to others
  • Why power is about lifting others up
  • Why lasting power is given, not grabbed
  • A fivefold pathway to enduring, empathetic power
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