People And Power

This Harvard Business Review article confirms what I already knew — people who feel powerful, think, feel, and act differently than people who feel powerless. According to the article, powerful people tend to be more rude and are more likely to cheat. They are more apt to lie during a negotiation.

The more a powerful person cheats, the natural tendency is to cheat more in the future. And as the author of the above article points out, "participants who had been primed to feel powerful were better liars than those who had been primed to feel less powerful. That is, they were more likely to go undetected by the audience."

The question is asked in the above article: "Where does the power-induced tendency to behave unethically stem from?Answer: "Past evidence points to two primary factors: power lowers inhibitions and produces a higher-than-average self-focus."

What is the biblical solution to the above problems of self-seeking superiority? 

Along with Philippians 2:1-4James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6 (NET) provide us the answer.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets