Empathy Capacity Empathy capacity is central to healthy emotional, spiritual, and character development. Some equate this capacity with what it means to be truly human. But these days many among us have an impaired capacity to truly care. The reasons for this are many and varied. And as I’ve written about before, how impaired a … Continue reading Narcissism and Empathy Capacity
Some disturbed characters have a particularl lust for power. They rabidly pursue it, seek it for its own sake, and inevitably abuse it when they manage to acquire it. Power doesn’t corrupt character. Corrupt characters abuse power.
There are many ways to abuse power in relationships. That’s true whether you’re talking about workplace relationships, intimate relationships, or even political and governmental affairs. So many times we face imbalances of power. And that’s why character matters so much.
Being a positive leader isn’t just about having the requisite skills. Ultimately, leadership is about character.
We become the master of our appetites and aversions when we face and pass crucial tests of character. And the most crucial tests come with temptation, adversity, and power. These tests come early on and often throughout life. We build strength of character by facing and passing life’s little tests in our early years. This prepares us to face the bigger tests later on.
We’re rapidly losing our sports role-models and heroes, those rare stars who once shone brightly in one of history’s oldest character-building enterprises.
We face many tests of character during our lifetime. And each test provides an opportunity to be better and stronger. During times of trial, our faith can be greatly instrumental in helping us become the person we want to be.
Children are always observing. And they don’t just pay attention to what we say. What they mostly notice is what we do.
In my experience, persons of troubled character tend to seek power ravenously and almost always abuse it when they acquire it. That’s why power is the truest test of character.
Sadists love to build themselves up at the expense of others. It makes them feel powerful to wield almost tyrannical influence over those they perceive as weaker or inferior. They derive pleasure from watching others cower, grovel, or struggle in one-down positions.