Self-regulation and power: how self-regulatory failures can enhance social power

McIntyre, Jason C., von Hippel, William and Barlow, Fiona Kate (2016) Self-regulation and power: how self-regulatory failures can enhance social power. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10 1: 41-49. doi:10.1111/spc3.12228

Author McIntyre, Jason C.
von Hippel, William
Barlow, Fiona Kate
Title Self-regulation and power: how self-regulatory failures can enhance social power
Journal name Social and Personality Psychology Compass   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-9004
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/spc3.12228
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 49
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Low self-control is often associated with poor life outcomes. Here, we propose that self-control failures may also provide social benefits by signaling and maintaining power. We identify several pathways by which reduced self-control can assist in ascending social hierarchies. First, the self-enhancing tendencies adopted by people with low self-control may contribute to making positive first impressions and advertising power to new acquaintances. The direct and disinhibited communication styles that stem from self-control failures may also enhance power and lubricate difficult social interactions. Disinhibited aggression can help people maintain and acquire material resources and establish dominance over rivals. Finally, the parallels between the behavior of people with low self-control and people with power (e.g., self-enhancement, disinhibition, approach-orientation, aggression) suggest that people with impaired self-control will be perceived as more powerful than people with intact self-control. Evidence for these propositions and directions for future research are discussed.
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