THE BIG HEAD EF­FECT Work wife gone all Lord Sugar? Let science help you sort her out

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We’ve all seen it – your work wife gets pro­moted and sud­denly your catch-ups con­sist of her brag­ging about mak­ing an in­tern feng shui her desk. Thank­fully, there’s now a sci­en­tific ex­pla­na­tion for that be­hav­iour. Re­searchers* have found that the brain re­gions con­trol­ling em­pa­thy fail to light up in peo­ple who feel ‘pow­er­ful’, mak­ing them less able to read emo­tion. Col­league gone all Devil Wears Prada? Try say­ing, “That’s in­ter­est­ing, why do you think that?” if they start a rant, says Su­san Scott, psy­chol­o­gist and au­thor**. It’ll help them put things in per­spec­tive. If you’ve been pro­moted? Make eye con­tact and ask ques­tions “to show you value a col­league’s opin­ion”. Just not things like, “Where’s my dry-clean­ing?”

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