Group Dynamics and the Public Sphere

Psychology in the Workplace

Does the degree of hierarchy affect the motivation for power?

We can speculate that the quest for power is heightened in strongly hierarchical systems. When power differentials are more acute, people become more aware of having less power than other people and are more disturbed by their relative lack of power. As we know from a broad range of research, whether people are satisfied or dissatisfied with what they have is strongly impacted by social comparison, by the contrast between what they have and what others around them have.


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