Power and Self Perception

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Designer Catherine Tonge worked with researcher Ben Voyer  to visualise male and female perceptions of power and their relationships to leadership styles.

Ben, Social Psychology, says’ My research looks at the relationship between power and self-perception and helps us better understand the differences between men and women in terms of their leadership styles and their tendency to conform to sex stereotypes.

Power is understood as the capacity to control one’s own resources and outcomes. Self-perception consists of the independent and the interdependent self. People are said to hold an independent self, when they think of themselves more as individuals, and an interdependent self when they think of themselves more as part of a group’.


Four studies were conducted and show that power increases men and women’s perception of independence. However, the relation between power and interdependence differs for men and women. Men perceive themselves as less interdependent when they receive power, while women perceive themselves as more interdependent when they receive power’


Experiments, online surveys. Pparticipants completed an online and anonymous experiment online (Studies 1,3 and 4). Doctors and Nurses working in 3 different nursing homes in Belgium (Study 2)


Design by Catherine Tonge, MA in Contemporary Typographic Media

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