Why power decreases happiness in a collectivist context? A qualitative study

Jesus Alfonso Daep DATU, Jose Alberto S. REYES

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Abstract

In the Western settings, power positively predicted happiness (e.g., Kifer et al. 2013). Though, this result may not be generalized across cultures as cultural psychologists recognized that interdependence is more important in collectivist cultures. Consistent with this conjecture, Datu and Reyes (2014) assessed the relations among power, relations, and happiness in the Philippine setting which revealed that power negatively predicted happiness. However, not much is known on why power could potentially reduce happiness in collectivist cultures. Thus, the current investigation employed qualitative research to offer in-depth explanations on why power may be associated with lower happiness in a collectivist setting. Findings revealed three major themes that characterized reasons on why power may decrease happiness in an interdependent context: a.) Power impairs relationship; b.) Power evokes negative judgments from others; and c.) Power comes with a great responsibility. The theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed. Copyright © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-21
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume36
Issue number1
Early online dateSep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

Citation

Datu, J. A. D., & Reyes, J. A. S. (2017). Why power decreases happiness in a collectivist context? A qualitative study. Current Psychology, 36(1), 14-21. doi: 10.1007/s12144-015-9380-4

Keywords

  • Filipino college students
  • Happiness
  • Power

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