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How Power Can Make You Impulsive (And Kind Of Terrible)

And do things like grab the last cookie from the plate.

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Parts of your brain's frontal lobe are home to your empathy networks.

Fig. 1 by University of California / Via youtube.com

If you damage those systems, which help you assess how other people are feeling, you can become impulsive — even rude! Scientists term it acquired sociopathy, meaning you essentially act in ways that disregard others, according to this study.

In a new video, UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner explains how their lab studies have found giving people power mimics that type of brain trauma.

Fig. 1 by University of California / Via youtube.com

Power makes you more likely to engage in risky behavior, like flirting inappropriately or gambling — or being a jerkface to your employees.

In other words, you lose touch with other people, he says. And that means being the one to nab that last cookie hanging out on a plate and noisily eat it because you don't really care about what others think.

That's not to say anyone who has the last cookie is an asshat: It's how you go for it.

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