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Power increases the tendency to behave in a goal-congruent fashion. Guided by this theoretical notion, we hypothesized that elevated power would strengthen the positive association between prosocial orientation and empathic accuracy. In 3 studies with university and adult samples, prosocial orientation was more strongly associated with empathic accuracy when distinct forms of power were high than when power was low. In Study 1, a physiological indicator of prosocial orientation, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, exhibited a stronger positive association with empathic accuracy in a face-to-face interaction among dispositionally high-power individuals. In Study 2, experimentally induced prosocial orientation increased the ability to accurately judge the emotions of a stranger but only for individuals induced to feel powerful. In Study 3, a trait measure of prosocial orientation was more strongly related to scores on a standard test of empathic accuracy among employees who occupied high-power positions within an organization. Study 3 further showed a mediated relationship between prosocial orientation and career satisfaction through empathic accuracy among employees in high-power positions but not among employees in lower power positions. Discussion concentrates upon the implications of these findings for studies of prosociality, power, and social behavior.
"The ancient art of Tibetan medicine is a veritable treasure in the world annals of medical science. Tibetan medicine evolved over ages, as the Tibetan people accumulated experience struggling against the conditions of the snow plateau, emerging as a unique realm of medicine with a distinct understanding of physiology and pathology and its own methods of diagnosis, treatment and medication. The abundant medicinal herbs that grow on the plateau are the active ingredients in the special medicines Tibetans use to treat patients, which in turn is a precious cultural legacy that is now being passed on to the world. Known for its traditional therapies, Tibetan medicine is remarkably effective and beneficial, and has made great contributions to the overall health of humankind"--Container.