From: The Wall Street Journal

Power’s Role In Sexual Harassment

Why do they do it?

A series of sexual-harassment accusations against well-known business leaders, celebrities and politicians has left people wondering why some successful men behave this way.

In many cases, power seems to play a role. Certainly, the majority of influential men treat women appropriately. But what is going on from a psychological standpoint with the ones who don’t? Research shows they have different motivations yet typically share specific personality traits. Their power amplifies proclivities they already have.

Power also can make people feel less inhibited, says Melissa Williams, an associate professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and the lead researcher on the study. “There are parallels to alcohol,” she says. “Both make you less constrained by social norms.”

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