Powerful people quick to call out injustice when victimized

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Published: June 8, 2015 4:41:43 PM

A new research has found that powerful people are more quick to respond in unfair treatment where they are victimized rather than where others are targeted.

A new research has found that powerful people are more quick to respond in unfair treatment where they are victimized rather than where others are targeted.

In the research led by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology observed that high-power group of participants responded more quickly than the low-power group when they were the victims of unfairness, but not while they were benefitted from the unfair treatments.

Takuya Sawaoka, a doctoral student in psychology at Stanford University, said that powerful people are faster to notice unfair situations only when they’re being victimised, and are less empathetic to the plight of others.

Sawaoka concluded that people, who are repeatedly victimized by unfairness become more vulnerable to exploitation, but effectively responding to unfair situations could enable the powerful to maintain their higher social standing and perpetuate gaps between the powerful and powerless.

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