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Power and revenge.

Strelan, P. and Weick, M. and Vasiljevic, M. (2014) 'Power and revenge.', British journal of social psychology., 53 (3). pp. 521-540.


We took an individual differences approach to explain revenge tendencies in powerholders. Across four experimental studies, chronically powerless individuals sought more revenge than chronically powerful individuals following a high power episode (Studies 1 and 2), when striking a powerful pose (Study 3), and when making a powerful hand gesture (Study 4). This relationship vanished when participants were not exposed to incidental power. A meta-analysis revealed that, relative to a lack of power or a neutral context, exposure to incidental power increased vengeance amongst the chronically powerless and reduced vengeance amongst the chronically powerful. These findings add to previous research on relations between power and aggression, and underscore the role of individual differences as a determinant of powerholders' destructive responses.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Power, Dominance, Revenge, Body posture, Gesture.
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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Strelan, P., Weick, M. & Vasiljevic, M. (2014). Power and Revenge. British Journal of Social Psychology 53(3): 521-540, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:07 June 2013
Date deposited:18 September 2018
Date of first online publication:10 July 2013
Date first made open access:No date available

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