When people are made to feel powerful, they lose some of the mental functions that form empathy, Jerry Useem reports in new story for the Atlantic. It’s an impairment that helps explain why Henry Kissinger thinks he’s sexually magnetic and why Donald Trump thinks he can say or do anything to anyone.
…t she’d “noticed a deterioration in your manner,” reflected in the contempt he showed subordinates. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi likes to tell the story of how, after being elected to the company’s board, she came home glowing with self-satisfaction, and her mother asked her to go out and get some milk. Mom’s advice: “Leave that damn crown in the garage.”