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Type: Journal article
Title: Power and revenge
Author: Strelan, P.
Weick, M.
Vasiljevic, M.
Citation: British Journal of Social Psychology, 2014; 53(3):521-540
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0144-6665
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Peter Strelan, Mario Weick, Milica Vasiljevic
Abstract: We took an individual differences approach to explain revenge tendencies in powerholders. Across four experimental studies, chronically powerless individuals sought more revenge than chronically powerful individuals following a high power episode (Studies 1 and 2), when striking a powerful pose (Study 3), and when making a powerful hand gesture (Study 4). This relationship vanished when participants were not exposed to incidental power. A meta-analysis revealed that, relative to a lack of power or a neutral context, exposure to incidental power increased vengeance among the chronically powerless and reduced vengeance among the chronically powerful. These findings add to previous research on relations between power and aggression, and underscore the role of individual differences as a determinant of powerholders' destructive responses.
Keywords: Power (psychology)
Rights: © 2013 The British Psychological Society
RMID: 0030029877
DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12044
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