Power diminishes all varieties of empathy

When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart  
August 10, 2013

It turns out, feeling powerless boosted the mirror system — people empathized highly.
But, Obhi says, “when people were feeling powerful, the signal wasn’t very high at all.”

So when people felt power, they really did have more trouble getting inside another person’s head.
“What we’re finding is power diminishes all varieties of empathy,” says Dacher Keltner, a social psychologist at University of California, Berkeley, not involved in the new study.

Philip Zimbardo