Tuesday, February 19, 2008


The new issue of Greater Good (the magazine I help edit) is up and this time the essays focus on the psychology of power. Of possible interest to Daddy Dialectic readers:

The Power Paradox: True power requires modesty and empathy, not force and coercion, argues Dacher Keltner. But what people want from leaders—social intelligence—is what is damaged by the experience of power.

Peaceful Parenting: Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson explain how to turn parent-child conflict into cooperation.

Power Sickness: Feeling powerless is bad for our health, reports Eve Ekman. What can we do about it?

Playing with Power: Jason Marsh reflects on an educational classic.

Stop! Calm Down! Think!, by Dawn Friedman: Research shows that the Second Step program is creating kinder, smarter schools.

Plus: Supernanny sends a tough message to parents, but does it really help? and What do healthy urban neighborhoods look like?


Christopher Pepper said...

I picked up a copy at the Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi lecture at the Exploratorium last week - what an awesome magazine! Full of interesting articles, creative and thoughtful but firmly rooted in real-world experiences. It looks great, too. Excellent work!

etbnc said...

Wow! That issue is chock full of greater goodness. Thanks for making it available online.

I've been pondering a blog essay about the ways we think about power and influence. The Power Paradox article says a lot of things I had in mind. I find it helpful to think in terms of influence rather than power, so I tried reading the article while mentally replacing "power" with "influence". I thought it still read pretty well, which I find intriguing.

Great stuff. Thanks again, and cheers.