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Student
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Dmitry Davidyak
Relation of Desire for Power and Cynicism
Applied Social Psychology
(Master’s programme)
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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