Power Corrupts, Science Proves it

Laura Secorun Palet

The inclination of individuals to be corrupted by power is nothing new. However, it may be surprising to learn that testosterone plays a role in it. A study by the Swiss University of Lausanne determined that there was a connection between a higher testosterone level and an increase in anti-social behavior. As such, this study suggests that women in positions of power are less susceptible to corruption than men. A co-author of the study suggests that society should respond to the negative impact power can have on leaders through a system which tries to minimize corrupt behavior. However, the author of this article concludes accomplishing this goal may be a challenge, as power is a strong force.

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