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Anyone who said power was not addictive had never really experienced it. Dan BROWN. "The strongest is never strong enough to be the master unless he transforms strength into right and obedience into duty." Power addiction is a sickness that sometimes goes unnoticed. Most individuals undoubtedly believe that power addiction does not exist. This article reveals that this addiction is equally as harmful and devastating as a drug, alcohol, or sex addiction. Although power studies have concentrated on power's impacts, processes, and causes, a more fragmented approach to addressing power has been presented (Krause & Kearney, 2006). Power is required to dominate people, engage them, and wield influence. Individuals with a strong desire for power love being in control of something, influencing others, displaying their status, and acquiring it via the influence of others. In other words, they prefer to achieve success by leveraging their position rather than putting in a stellar effort (Özkalp & Kırel, 2011). An addiction is a chronic dysfunction of the brain system that involves reward, motivation, and memory. It is about how your body craves a substance or behaviour, especially if it causes a compulsive or obsessive pursuit of "reward" and a lack of concern over consequences. Someone experiencing addiction will be unable to stay away from the substance or stop the addictive behaviour, display a lack of self-control, have an increased desire for the substance or behaviour, dismiss how their behaviour may be causing problems, and lack an emotional response. Researchers have discovered that sensations of pleasure are linked to dopamine, a strong neurotransmitter produced in the nucleus accumbens, often known as the "pleasure centre" of the brain. According to researchers, dopamine is also produced in reaction to drugs and alcohol and several behaviours such as sex, eating, gambling, and even shopping. A preoccupation with riches and power may lead to an individual being more preoccupied with obtaining money or attaining prestige. Everything else, including family, friends, and health, becomes secondary. Over time, a person's whole identity becomes entwined with generating money or accomplishing additional "wins." People are assessed not on their qualities but on their achievements, influence, or financial holdings. Addicts to riches and power tend to feel most strongly when controlling others, with little tolerance for anything that gets in the way of their upward trajectory. They are often exceedingly competitive and have a strong desire to be correct. As a result, individuals may become subjects and objects in their drive for power due to their desire for power and adoration for the powerful. In this scenario, since identification with the adored person leads to the need to be admired, the individual will feel dominated by somebody similar. Imitating power has much more disastrous implications than actual power.

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