Why hierarchy creates a destructive force within the human psyche (by dr. Robert Sapolsky)

3 thoughts on “Why hierarchy creates a destructive force within the human psyche (by dr. Robert Sapolsky)

  1. myrthryn May 8, 2015 at 16:47 Reply

    This was an incredibly enlightening video. I thank you for it. It’s too bad there isn’t an easy way to remove the corresponding segment from our society, especially in a peaceful way.

    • Francois Tremblay May 9, 2015 at 00:09 Reply

      The problem is that it’s not just a “segment of society.” It’s an indoctrinated ideology. It starts when you’re a baby.

  2. ohslimone May 9, 2016 at 09:51 Reply

    Some of us criticize a segment of the managers, leaders, and others on their perceived NPD (narcissistic personality disorder) or otherwise dominant and severely unfair, self-serving behavior. For many of us with more empathetic and balanced demeanors, it’s often quite a challenge and highly draining to deal with the takers of the turbulent fray.

    Unconsciously, it’s likely the ‘more sane’ people, may not find the dominant traits of the NPD ilk entirely negative. Here’s why: If the NPDers are running the ship we are in and the ship is able to survive the storm, that’s seen as a positive.

    Think of a company or org with a dominant, predatory survivor at the helm. We may shake our heads in dismay at their posturing and perfidy; however, we stay on, ‘surviving’ with our paycheck and benefits and the promise that next month will bring them too. This sustained success may be largely derived by the alpha dominator’s propaganda, lying, sabotaging, and cajoling of all parties concerned including the competition, the partners, and the org’s own staff. In the dog-eat-dog world that is much of the material world, we are left reeling by this behavior, but stay on, perhaps confident that we will get our bowls of chow despite the attacks by other dogs in the field. “Out of my way, chump. This territory is mine…”

    Bow wow,

    Sifu Slim, author of

    Timeline of Decreasing Physical Movement by Sifu Slim

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