Does Breaking the Rules Make You Seem Powerful?

Acting rude also gives the impression of power.

(ScienceDaily-May 20, 2011) Breaking Rules Makes You Seem Powerful

When people have power, they act the part. Powerful people smile less, interrupt others, and speak in a louder voice. When people do not respect the basic rules of social behavior, they lead others to believe that they have power, according to a study in the current Social Psychological and Personality Science.

People with power have a very different experience of the world than people without it. The powerful have fewer rules to follow, and they live in environments of money, knowledge and support. People without power live with threats of punishment and firm limits according to the research team lead by Gerben Van Kleef of the University of Amsterdam. Because the powerful are freer to break the rules — does breaking the rules seem more powerful?

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