Is Power An Addiction?

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Is power an addiction? This is a question that is highly debated. It does meet all the criteria for addiction, but it falls under the category of a behavior addiction. Some say that it has to do with dopamine. If you look at it from this model then apparently you are not addicted to the substances and activities you crave, nor to the nicotine of cigarette smoke, the thrill of the roulette wheel, the gratification of sex, nor to the feelings of power. You are, in fact, addicted to the dopamine and its effects. The major problem seen with this is that “Who isn’t addicted to feeling good?”.
The main problem is when things are taken to extremes and hurt the individual and others. When looking at it like that, drug and alcohol addicts hurt a lot less people than power addicts. A power addict that is a C.E.O. of a major corporation will hurt hundreds of thousands of people to get what they want. As with any substance or other behavior addiction the addict no longer follows Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Self-Actualization becomes the most important thing. Charles Lyell, 2012.

Power Addiction

This is a subject that has a limited amount of research compared to others although it can be argued that it may be the root to many other addictions. We will look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Charles Lyell’s Impediments to Actualization. Next we will look at dopamine and its effects. Although there is no obvious known cure, we will look at some forms of treatment. Lastly
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