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Power as Active Self: From Acquisition to the Expression and Use of Power

Guinote, A; Chen, S; (2018) Power as Active Self: From Acquisition to the Expression and Use of Power. In: Deaux, K and Snyder, M, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. (pp. 645-671). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

Philosophers, scientists, policymakers, and the public have questioned about who ascends to power and how power affects the person. This chapter reviews and discusses social–cognitive literature from the last decade or so that examines how dispositions and contextual factors affect the emergence of power and how having power affects the links between dispositions and behavior. Following a process-based perspective that contemplates the cognitive strategies of people in power, a model is proposed of power as a magnifier of the active self—that is, the subset of self-knowledge that is active on a moment-to-moment basis. The active self channels attention and action in line with priorities and plays a key role in action facilitation and goal-directed behavior. The active self is responsive to chronic dispositions, emotions, and current states of the person and to inputs from the environment in a flexible manner. Extant research is integrated based on this model.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Power as Active Self: From Acquisition to the Expression and Use of Power
ISBN-13: 9780190224837
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190224837.013.24
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190224837.013....
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: social power, dominance, dispositions, personality, trait–behavior consistency
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10062975
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