Is Power the Ultimate Addiction?
Gadit, Amin A. Muhammad, Clinical Psychiatry News
As I look at the global political landscape, I am struck by a pervasive theme. High-ranking officials and politicians often resist giving up power--and are willing to do practically anything to hold on to it.
Of course, this is far from a new phenomenon. But as our understanding of human behavior and brain chemistry deepens, we have to ask: Among some people, is this constant quest for power pathological? Is it an addiction?
After all, an addiction is a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individual's health, mental state, or social life. This term covers other compulsions, such as gambling, …
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Publication information: Article title: Is Power the Ultimate Addiction?. Contributors: Gadit, Amin A. Muhammad - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 36. Issue: 3 Publication date: March 2008. Page number: 15. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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