People In Positions Of Power Are More Likely To Blame And Punish Others For Poor Performance

Having a “choice mindset” — believing, in short, that people’s behaviours are “choices”, or deliberate actions driven by their own motives and preferences — has multiple benefits. Those with a choice mindset feel as if they have control over their own destiny, for example, and see better outcomes in negotiations. There are some drawbacks, however. Choice mindsets can lead to victim blaming, a lack of care about inequality, and a reduced interest in acts of social good. And a new study finds that people in positions of power tend to adopt a choice mindset, which makes them more likely to blame others for mistakes. Continue reading →

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