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Optimist people build their power upon their abstract thinking

Optimist people build their power upon their abstract thinking Optimist people build their power upon their abstract thinking
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Frances Milliken, one of the academics responsible for work on organisational silence, did a marvellous study comparing how those in power communicate differently from those who lack power. She found that, like the rich, the powerful are different from other people. Confronted by risky situations, they are more likely to expect positive outcomes. They're so optimistic at least in part because they have - or think they have - the power needed to overcome most adversity. That psychological distance between themselves and others means that they don't think as concretely as other people - they lack the material - and so inevitably they have to think in far more abstract terms. But what is frightening about Milliken's study is that the combination of power, optimism and abstract thinking makes powerful people more 
certain. The more cut-off they are from others, the more confident  they are that they are right.
 

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