Using a theory that could explain everything from helpful strangers to former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s salacious tweeting to the riots that shook Vancouver after the city’s hockey team lost the Stanley Cup, researchers are now suggesting that anonymity, power and booze are more alike than you might think.
Whether you’re hiding behind an anonymous user name in an online forum, riding the high of a political victory or are intoxicated, a new research review finds, the results are the same: A loss of inhibition can lead you to do great things — or make enormous mistakes.
“It’s really about disinhibition of behavior,” study researcher Adam Galinsky, a psychologist at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, told LiveScience. “It’s not about the consequences of the behavior.”
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