The Psychology of Power: Temptations at the Top by Jaap van Ginneken

By Jaap van Ginneken

The writer checks the speculation that hubris and the Bathsheba syndrome are likely to have an effect on all most sensible leaders, by way of zooming in at the most sensible identified and extremely optimum executives of our personal day and age, and examines the mental forces tugging on the most sensible point of political management.

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18 But he was also the first leader since the revolution to ultimately die in retirement after a peaceful transfer of power, and to be buried after a Christian church ceremony. Enough reason for a brief digression beyond the G6 here. As a youngster Yeltsin had practiced many sports, including wrestling and boxing, but he lost an index finger and thumb after playing with a grenade. He became a construction engineer, and one of his first major assignments had been the destruction of the Ipatiev house, where the tsar had been murdered.

Won a majority of electors, even though he had half a million votes less than his Democratic competitor (after a drawnout fight over the exact vote-count in the state of Florida, controlled by his brother Jeb). Junior took over the White House with a veteran team inherited from Bush Sr. His team included Vice-President Dick Cheney, who many considered the real power behind the throne. 13 All this put tremendous pressure on the young president. Did he always manage to stay completely sober? It is hard to be totally convinced.

5 That is to say, anything that installs a self-reinforcing feedback loop of recurring dopamine rushes and highs running through the brain’s pleasure centre, the nucleus accumbens. Let us take a more thorough look at a few present-day examples. Has this recently played a role, for any G6 leader? Alcohol dependence Of course heavy drinking of alcohol has remained an integral part of a culture of male bonding in the UK, the US and elsewhere. In student fraternities, in officer corps, in exclusive clubs and ‘on the hill’ in DC.

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