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Relation of Desire for Power and Cynicism

Student: Dmitry Davidyak

Supervisor: Ekaterina Bushina

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Applied Social Psychology (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2018

The topic of cynicism draws a lot of attention in the modern world, as both the academia and the business take interest in establishing how cynicism functions and what affects it. From a corporate perspective, attitudes towards power are one of the key constructs affected by cynicism. In this work, I investigated the impact that cynicism has on desire for power, how the two constructs correlate and if a cynical environment influences the amount of power motivation in a person. Study 1, featuring a cross-sectional design, revealed a positive association between cynicism and desire for power, partially mediated by sense of control. Study 2 used environmental cues to manipulate the amount of cynicism the respondents perceive in a described situation. The study results confirmed that in cynical environments, compared to more benevolent ones, people do desire more power in order to keep working in a given position.

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