The Power Paradox

This is what we all too often forget, and it is the crux of the power paradox: by misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place we set ourselves up to fall from power.

The Power Paradox

A revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power. Celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others and the result is power as a force for good in the world. Power is ubiquitous—but totally misunderstood. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Dr. Dacher Keltner presents the very idea of power in a whole new light, demonstrating not just how it is a force for good in the world, but how—via compassion and selflessness—it is attainable for each and every one of us. It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior? So often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. Enduring power comes from empathy and giving. Above all, power is given to us by other people. This is what we all too often forget, and it is the crux of the power paradox: by misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place we set ourselves up to fall from power. We abuse and lose our power, at work, in our family life, with our friends, because we've never understood it correctly—until now. Power isn't the capacity to act in cruel and uncaring ways; it is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and in and of itself a good thing. Dr. Keltner lays out exactly—in twenty original "Power Principles"—how to retain power; why power can be a demonstrably good thing; when we are likely to abuse power; and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness.

The Power of Paradox

The Power of Paradox


The Power of Paradox

Truths are not communicable, yet seek to be communicated. What all truth claims have in common is sets of truths that cannot be fully explained within their system of origin. These are paradoxes- truths standing on the head.

The Power of Paradox

The study The Power of Paradox avers that truths claims are necessarily singular. For that reason, the conversation of truths cannot take place unmediated. Truths are not communicable, yet seek to be communicated. What all truth claims have in common is sets of truths that cannot be fully explained within their system of origin. These are paradoxes- truths standing on the head. Paradoxes point to an original unity behind all opposing truths. It is suggested that the conversation of truths-as intended in the dialogue between religions, and science and faith-must take recourse to paradox. In communicating paradoxes, otherwise incommunicable truth claims can communicate. The route to paradox is systems epistemology and imagination. A systems view of reality offers complementary viewpoints that, taken together, surpass insights provided by conventional observation. A systems perspective creates a holistic image of reality that is grounded in paradoxes. The capacity to represent this paradoxical image is found in the imagination. The productive imagination conceives of subliminal forms of paradoxical representations. As models of paradoxes, these images perform a transcendental analysis that communicates their paradoxical nature. The language for the communication of paradoxes is the language of poetization, found in the structures of humour and art. Imagination and imaginative language embody and communicate paradoxes. The embodiment of paradoxes creates an environment in which truths are not oppressive, but allow for form of life sustained by the paradoxical qualities of freedom, peace and happiness. Paradoxical truths speak in metaphors. The communication of these metaphors and their structure establishes the communication of opposing truths. Science and religion share in the God-metaphor whose communicative extension guarantees the ongoing dialogue between these disciplines. Religions that feature paradoxical structures share in a theology of humour-the folly of faith is their common subject. Realizing the power of paradox for uniting opposing truths through conversation and dialogue offers new possibilities for the successful communication of academic disciplines, cultures, societies and religions. This however necessitates that new ways of imagination and creativity for successfully coping with paradoxes have to be introduced to well-established forms of knowing. Admitting to opposing truths does not limit human knowing but, on the contrary, allows for a life rooted in a multiplicity of truths. These truths do not compromise the truth we necessarily believe in, but ground our lives in the unity of truths.

Power Paradox

Everyone can learn from this wise book' Susan T. Fiske, author of Social Cognition 'A lively description of how true power is like a return on a social investment in others' Frans de Waal, author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart ...

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The Power Paradox

What would happen if we were more thoughtful (as far is as possible given the
difficult nature of the paradox of power) and able to glimpse this generalised
phenomenon? Certainly, recognising the power paradox is to accept that it
cannot ...

The Power Paradox

The Power Paradox reveals how mainstream views of power restrict the conceptual insights needed to resolve conflict. Bennett identifies fascinating contradictions within discourses of power and relational dynamics, acknowledging the enduring quandary of power struggles: we are all implicated within them.

The Power Paradox

I visually present the intimate aspects of football I witnessed in photographs I created as an employee of Big Ten Network during MSU football games during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and I offer my analysis of intimacy and masculinity in ...

The Power Paradox

This thesis examines how intimacy-both physical and emotional-in American football affects masculinity. This research is important because it questions the role of masculinity in a sport considered the most popular in terms of participation, attendance at games, and broadcast viewership (Miaschi, 2017). Theories such as hegemonic masculinity theory and inclusive masculinity theory are used to explain how masculinity is constructed through football. Using naturalistic observation, interviews with seven Michigan State University (MSU) football players, and an analysis of photographs, I found these football players have more intimate relationships with other players on their team when compared to relationships they have with other men outside their sport. Some surprises I found during interviews was that injury during football is not treated as harshly as it once was and one player views being emotional as an important part of being a man. I visually present the intimate aspects of football I witnessed in photographs I created as an employee of Big Ten Network during MSU football games during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and I offer my analysis of intimacy and masculinity in this sport that includes and explains the meaning behind the power paradox.

The Power of Paradox

Taking readers through the same steps she's used to help Fortune 500 companies such as Scottrade, Georgia-Pacific, and Boeing, Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier reveals a dynamic critical-thinking process anyone can use to define the strategic ...

The Power of Paradox

"The Power of Paradox insightfully guides one on navigating through a world where black and white solutions rarely exist." --Ward Klein, CEO, Energizer Holdings, Inc. "The Power of Paradox will challenge you to think more critically than you normally do...which will ultimately improve your business." --Jim Kavanaugh, CEO, World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) "Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier will give you the right advice to make your business flourish. You will get all the information you need in The Power of Paradox." --Lori Jacob, president and CEO, Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, Inc. Should your company pursue global expansion or mine local opportunities? Take risks to grow dramatically or protect your current stability? Seek to maximize sales or the bottom line? We're so often faced with apparent paradoxes: continuity and change, conservatism and progressiveness, predictability and chaos. In business, inherent tensions are mistakenly viewed as problems to be resolved once the "correct" answer is found. But when we consider only one direction--either A or B--we only see part of the picture. The strongest and most innovative solutions are frequently realized not through either/or decisionmaking, but by pursuing two contrasting options at the same time. Taking readers through the same steps she's used to help Fortune 500 companies such as Scottrade, Georgia-Pacific, and Boeing, Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier reveals a dynamic critical-thinking process anyone can use to define the strategic tensions within his or her organization, identify the potential of seemingly conflicting options, and develop action steps to maximize the benefits of each. Complete with examples of companies that achieved a competitive advantage with this breakthrough strategy, The Power of Paradox will help you face chronic challenges with confidence and uncover unexpected and infinitely better solutions.

The Power of Paradox Impossible Conversations

In this book, Markus Locker demonstrates that the paradox behind each truth claim opens a channel of communication of truths.

The Power of Paradox  Impossible Conversations

In this book, Markus Locker demonstrates that the paradox behind each truth claim opens a channel of communication of truths.

The Power of Paradox

... is running over you. The problem is, the buck doesn't stop here. What I mean is
that your sense of leadership entitlement seeps into an abuse of the power of
your position; hierarchy, top-down, bottom-up control allows you to thrust and
parry ...

The Power of Paradox

Leaders’ actions can have consequences opposite to those they intend. These unintentional results are difficult to detect, understand, and change. Consequently, leaders’ actions tend to persist resulting in further unexpected outcomes. This can create a vicious cycle of leadership failure. With all their best efforts, strategic, financial, scenario, human capital and operational plans in place, they fail. Unaware, they self-sabotage and sabotage others; again, the result is unintended consequences, no matter how hard they try. This book gives a glimpse into why and how this happens, and what to do about it. Understanding the Power of Paradox can empower leaders in uncertain times. Paradox reveals uncertainty giving leaders room to breathe and time to think, better able to deal with ambiguity and manage complexity, no longer stymied. Learning to think differently and behave with capabilities, you already have, more resilient, adaptive and flexible leaders execute conscious actions effectively, inspire and empower others, creating the consequences they intend, successful Protean Leaders.

Paradox of Power

While deepening our understanding of the phenomenon in Eurasia in particular, the essays also contribute to more general theories of state weakness.

Paradox of Power

"State weakness" is seen to be a widespread problem throughout Central Asia and other parts of postsocialist space, and more broadly in areas of the developing world. Challenging the widespread assumption that these "weak states" inevitably slide toward failure, Paradox of Power takes careful stock of the varied experiences of Eurasian states to reveal a wide array of surprising outcomes. The case studies show how states teeter but do not collapse, provide public goods against all odds, interact with societies in creative ways, utilize coercion effectively against internal opponents, and establish practices that are far more durable than the language of "weakness" would allow. While deepening our understanding of the phenomenon in Eurasia in particular, the essays also contribute to more general theories of state weakness.

The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness

The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness is a scholarly look into physical attractiveness.

The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness

The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness is a scholarly look into physical attractiveness. It articulates the great importance placed on this dimension of a person's appearance. Analysis of the dynamics and consequences reveals a powerful, pervasive, and frequently unrecognized or denied physical attractiveness phenomenon. This phenomenon transcends time, geography, and culture, regardless of demographics and socioeconomics of individuals and populations. With penetrating vision, Dr. Patzer provides evidence that despite professed ideals, people do judge others by their looks. Physical attractiveness is a more powerful determinant of a person's fortune and misfortune in life than people admit. No matter the words, thoughts, and ideals proclaimed by people, these same people judge, assume, infer, believe, act, treat, decide, accept, reject, and behave toward or against individuals, in patterns consistent with their own physical attractiveness and that of others. While many dimensions define appearance, physical attractiveness predominates. The physical attractiveness of a person impacts every individual throughout every community, across the United States and around the world. All people inherit and alter their physical attractiveness, which is determined by complex, interdependent, physical and non-physical factors. Hidden and not-hidden values drive thoughts and actions with significant effects and realities whereby higher physical attractiveness is beneficial, lower physical attractiveness is detrimental, and associated pursuits are relentless. Physical attractiveness may look skin-deep as a surface aspect of appearance, but looks can be deceiving. Researchers throughout the world collect empirical data complemented with anecdotal data to probe beyond the surfaces. Through investigations that meet meticulous scientific methodological procedures, acute observations reveal previously undetected dimensions that advance understanding about physical attractiveness. The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness explores, discovers, and documents the theories, evidence, and circumstances in which physical attractiveness is a remarkable veneer with influences that extend considerably beyond what we call skin-deep. The author, Dr. Patzer, formally cites more than 750 references as he identifies a complex phenomenon in which physical attractiveness serves as an informational cue that propels a multiple-stage process. Through this process, people knowingly and unknowingly infer extensive information based on this cue, which in-turn triggers assumptions, expectations, attitudes, and behaviors. It ultimately leads to powerful consequences with significant benefits and detriments for every person, accompanied by continuous pursuits toward these benefits and away from these detriments, caused by his or her level of physical attractiveness.

Leadership Matters

Leadership Matters offers a different view of leadership - one that builds community and responds creatively to new situations.

Leadership Matters

Some leaders fundamentally alter the status quo whilst others guide quietly. Most leadership books emphasise specific rules, but Tom Cronin and Michael Genovese see leadership as filled with paradox. Leadership Matters offers a different view of leadership - one that builds community and responds creatively to new situations. Cronin and Genovese argue that leadership is about more than just charisma and set leaders on to a different path - to unleash the power of paradox.

The Paradox of Power

The destructive manifestations and consequences of power are critiqued in the early chapters of this book.

The Paradox of Power

Drawing from real-life examples as well as theory, this treatise explores the potential for inspiration and wisdom that resides in power and demonstrates how the creative energy of power can heal and invigorate relationships, marriages, and families, and benefit larger organizations such as corporations, churches, and even nations. For the citizens of a political economy and country like the United States, or members of the faith community of the Roman Catholic Church, issues related to the negative use of power, such as control and repression, have dominated the discussion. The destructive manifestations and consequences of power are critiqued in the early chapters of this book. In subsequent chapters the forgotten aspects of power—its positive influences on families, communities and organizations—are discussed. In addition, the guide presents a vision of a Trinitarian God that can be applied to all relationships, whether personal, communal, or collective.

Useful Delusions The Power and Paradox of the Self Deceiving Brain

But in Useful Delusions, host of Hidden Brain Shankar Vedantam argues that, paradoxically, deceiving ourselves and others can also play a vital role in human success and well-being.

Useful Delusions  The Power and Paradox of the Self Deceiving Brain

From the New York Times best-selling author and host of Hidden Brain comes a counterintuitive, thought-provoking exploration of deception’s role in human success. Everyone agrees that lies and self-deception can do terrible harm to our lives, to our communities, and to the planet. But in Useful Delusions, host of Hidden Brain Shankar Vedantam argues that, paradoxically, deceiving ourselves and others can also play a vital role in human success and well-being. The lies we tell each other and the lies that we tell ourselves sustain our daily interactions with friends, lovers, and coworkers. They explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don’t, why some nations and tribes hold together while others splinter. Filled with powerful personal stories and drawing on new insights in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy, Useful Delusions offers a fascinating tour of an upside-down world.

The Paradox of Power in a People s Republic of China Middle School

This text provides an ethnography of a Chinese middle school based on fieldwork conducted in 1988 to 1989. It provides a way of looking at classroom and societal interactions in terms of the interplay among criticism, face and shame.

The Paradox of Power in a People s Republic of China Middle School

This text provides an ethnography of a Chinese middle school based on fieldwork conducted in 1988 to 1989. It provides a way of looking at classroom and societal interactions in terms of the interplay among criticism, face and shame.

American Politics

The Gap and American Political Style The Power Paradox The coexistence in
America of the antipower ethic with inequality in power gives rise to what may be
termed the "power paradox": effective power is unnoticed power; power observed
 ...

American Politics

A study of the gap between the promise and practice of American democracy examines the historical national unity derived from the democratic ideal and the frustration of that ideal by political institutions and hierarchies

The Paradox of Power and Weakness

Offers an alternative paradigm for psychology, one that reflects Levinas's criticism of a self-centered notion of identity.

The Paradox of Power and Weakness

Offers an alternative paradigm for psychology, one that reflects Levinas's criticism of a self-centered notion of identity. Reveals the secret of an "authentic" altruism through a phenomenology of both power and weakness, and of the paradoxes of the weakness of power and the power of weakness.

LBJ and Mexican Americans

But now I do have that chance—and I'll let you in on a secret—I mean to use it." This book explores the complex and sometimes contradictory relations between LBJ and Mexican Americans.

LBJ and Mexican Americans

As he worked to build his Great Society, Lyndon Johnson often harkened back to his teaching days in the segregated "Mexican" school at Cotulla, Texas. Recalling the poverty and prejudice that blighted his students' lives, Johnson declared, "It never occurred to me in my fondest dreams that I might have the chance to help the sons and daughters of those students and to help people like them all over this country. But now I do have that chance—and I'll let you in on a secret—I mean to use it." This book explores the complex and sometimes contradictory relations between LBJ and Mexican Americans. Julie Pycior shows that Johnson's genuine desire to help Mexican Americans—and reap the political dividends—did not prevent him from allying himself with individuals and groups intent on thwarting Mexican Americans' organizing efforts. Not surprisingly, these actions elicited a wide range of response, from grateful loyalty to, in some cases, outright opposition. Mexican Americans' complicated relationship with LBJ influenced both their political development and his career with consequences that reverberated in society at large.

Thinking Straight

This collection of original essays will unravel the current heterosexual scene in two parts: one on rights and privileges, the other on popular culture.

Thinking Straight

This collection of original essays will unravel the current heterosexual scene in two parts: one on rights and privileges, the other on popular culture. Topics covered include weddings, proms, citizenship, marriage penalties, cartoons, mermaids and myth.