Even the smallest dose of power can change a person. You've probably seen it. Someone gets a promotion or a bit of fame and then, suddenly, they're a little less friendly to the people beneath them.So, someone who is both rich and powerful is doubly likely to lack empathy. Lovely.
So here's a question that may seem too simple: Why?
If you ask a psychologist, he or she may tell you that the powerful are simply too busy. They don't have the time to fully attend to their less powerful counterparts.
But if you ask Sukhvinder Obhi, a neuroscientist at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, he might give you another explanation: Power fundamentally changes how the brain operates.
Speaking of power and empathy, it turns out that an act that is usually regarded as an act of generosity is also an expression of power. Discovery News examines the combination of motivations in What Kind of Tipper Are You?
Tipping can be a touchy topic. And it's a great power we wield when eating out: give us good service, or get a bad tip. Laci explains how this power trip works and the psychology behind tipping.Our daughter worked her way through high school and college as a waitress. Because of empathy for her situation, my wife and I are generous tippers.