Why do people strive for power

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Why do people strive for power

Why do some people strive for power?
Why do others strive for fame and wealth?
Why do some people fight eagerly to attain status?

Before studying psychology i used to think that ambition is an inherited trait but later on i discovered that ambitious people are the ones who are in need the most of something and that's why they have a burning desire to pursue it.

People who strive for power are the ones who are in need of it the most. As a result of their childhood experiences some people have developed the need for superiority and for being powerful then they grew up as power seeking adults.

In this article will tell you why do some people strive for power.

Striving for power

A self made millionaire might have been born in a rich family but most self made billionaires suffered from extreme financial insecurity earlier in their lives.

This means that insecurity creates strong desires and motivates people to strive for whatever can make them feel secure. People who strive for money are the ones who need it the most and the same goes for power.

If a child felt powerless, neglected or weak early in his life then there is a very big possibility that he will strive for power when he grows up.

In my article How culture affects personality i said that personality is nothing more than a set of traits that people develop in order to fulfill the drives they acquired when they were children.

In the Solid Self confidence program i said that if a child was the youngest among his siblings and so felt weak then his personality traits will develop in such a way that allows him to strive for power. That child might become very competitive, overly ambitious and a hard worker.

Never be afraid of those who strive for power

Earlier i used to fear authority figures, celebrities and billionaires but later on i discovered that those who are very powerful are the ones who used to strive for power and are the ones who are in need of power the most.

In the game of power, if you are in need then you are still considered weak and you can only be truly powerful when you have met your important needs.

Usually those who strive for power go through a never ending journey and always remain in need of it even if they appeared powerful. A good example would be that man driving the Ferrari and passing by you, while from the outside he appears superior from the inside there is a big possibility that he is so much in need of your approval and attention more than you are in need of having a similar car.

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