The risks of power: dehumanization

    The risks of power: dehumanization That the power hide certain dangers they know it in
    many, that it acts like a drug and that it even comes to change for the good
    measuring people is a reality. However, on this occasion we speak of a
    new effect of power that explains why the people who exercise it can
    live well with the apparently inhumane decisions they have to make. The study in question was carried out by researchers
    del Tiburg Institute for Behavioral
    Economics Research, of the University of Tilburg, and suggests that people
    who have power tend to be less humane with other people with the goal
    to be able to better address some measures that are obliged to
    implement. The research was carried out involving 102 students who
    they initially had to complete a test in which theirs was assessed sense
    of power
    . Later, they had to read a literary fiction text
    relative to a South American population called Aurelia ei
    its inhabitants. A correlation was immediately evident; participants who
    had scored high on the power test, they tended to
    describe the inhabitants of this fictional country as not very civilized people e
    very childish. Later the researchers primed with
    some of the students, causing them to feel more powerful and asking them that
    remembered and transcribed some facts in which they had exercised the
    their power over other people. As you can imagine, those who were subjected
    at the priming of the control they claimed that they would be able to transfer
    the inhabitants of the town of Aurelia who lived in the most marginal neighborhoods, in
    an undeveloped part of their country, even against their will. Finally, the researchers put the participants in one
    role-playing situation in which the positions of: boss were recognized
    surgeon, assistant surgeon and nurse. The task was to take
    a decision relating to a 56-year-old fictional patient who showed a
    certain level of abdominal growth. Curiously, while the higher was the rank of
    power that the participant flaunted, he chose the most treatment
    painful between the two existing options, but at the same time the most effective. However, this is not the first experiment in which
    an attempt is made to relate power and dehumanization. For example, a
    Stanford University Scholars Group,
    New York, Northwestern and London
    Business School, had already carried out in 2008 enough experiments
    similar with identical results. Researchers say that treating people like
    if they were objects it reduces the emotional impact given by the consequences of
    decisions you make, making decision making easier. Probably
    occupying a position of power prompts people to choose
    more effective solutions (less expensive, faster and more likely to
    success) as they think this is their job. Of course, the
    dehumanization that power brings with it can be positive in some cases;
    in others a little less, especially if the person loses the perspective of
    level of damage and pain it can cause and does not consider aspects as much
    as practical as the consequences from a human point of view.
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