The Science of Power - How to Acquire It, What Makes You Lose it with Dr. Dacher Keltner

November 23, 2016
In this episode we discuss lessons from 25 years of studying the evolution of human emotion, examine whether the Machiavellian concept of power still works, explore the surprising scientific data on how you can acquire power, and look closely at the foundation of enduring power from studies of military units on how to achieve and maintain power with Dr. Dacher Keltner.
 
Dr. Dacher Keltner is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. He is also the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct.
  • Lessons from 25 years of studying the evolution of human emotion
  • What the hard science says about the powerful impact of gratitude
  • Why you’re interpretation of “survival of the fittest” is totally wrong
  • Why emotion is not something to “remove” or rid ourselves of
  • How emotions guide social behaviors in many very important ways
  • Does the Machveiallian conception of power still work?
  • Studies in military organizations, schools, show about how to effectively wield power
  • The surprising scientific data on how you can acquire and maintain power 
  • We discuss in depth if power is given or if power is seized 
  • What are the foundations of enduring power?
  • importance of empathy and building strong social ties rather than serving your narrow self interest
  • The power paradox and why the more powerful you get, the harder it is to stay powerful
  • The importance of focusing on other people
  • How do we create organizations and societies that prevent the abuses of power?
  • We review and share resources for practical steps to implement all of these lessons
  • The massive impact and power of touch to communicate emotions
  • The shocking science of how half a second of touch can communicate almost every major emotion
  • The hilarious gender differences in Dr. Keltner’s emotional touch research
  • How to cultivate gratitude and awe
  • The simple power of just saying thank you
  • The new collaborative definition of power and how its radically different from what you may think of when you think of power
  • And much more!
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