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The Winner Effect: How Power Affects Your Brain Published this week.

June 5, 2012

The Winner Effect: How Power Affects Your Brain is published by Bloomsbury this week. It is already number 3 on the Amazon neuroscience list. Thanks very much to the nearly 1000 people who came to hear me at the Hay Book Festival – what an amazing event.   Image 

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  1. moraglennie permalink
    June 17, 2012 4:26 pm

    Have just finished The Winner Effect, which reads like a thriller. Will re-read it now, with more attention, and note taking. However, will you , at some point, do another book about WOMEN. Do we respond to power differently, simply because proportionately fewer women ever achieve much power, or is it measurably down to S power? Having spent most of my adult life involved in a political party, which never had, or even looked as if it might have, power, but does now, and I don’t much like what it’s doing with it, this has a degree of urgency attached to it for me.

    • June 18, 2012 1:37 pm

      Morag, I do think this is such a good idea – there definitely is a book in the question of women’s relationship to power. I tried to deal with it a bit in the Winner Effect, but I agree not in nearly enough detail. For sure we need more women in power – look at the relative success of the last climate change conference which was engineered by a strongly female-led leadership. But we have to understand much better what factors are holding back women from power, apart from the obvious ones of the male ego and male protectionism!!

      • Morag Lennie permalink
        June 18, 2012 4:24 pm

        Male ego, and male protectionism , is precisely what scares me rigid. The more I think about this, the more terrified I become, because, without the broad mass of the male population being prepared to both acknowledge that there is an intrinsic problem with their species, and a willingness to address said problem, we are doomed to watch them make the same mistakes again ,and again. I have experienced nothing in my sixty seven years which makes me optimistic that most males would be prepared to give up even a tiny bit of their power, let alone work alongside women to ameliorate the worst excesses. And it appears to me that this drug of power is manifest, not only on the grand scale of government, banks, and the world stage, but on the domestic front e.g. domestic violence. etcetcetcchabuse Isetc.chiabuseabuse, rapeand the world

  2. Morag Lennie permalink
    June 18, 2012 4:26 pm

    Sorry that last scramble should read child abuse, rape, use of pornography , etc.etc.

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