When a person has power, they're less likely to be considerate of others.

Doesn't that explain, like, everything?

We all saw it in high school.


In college.

At work.

And it explains just about everything we know about Justin Bieber.

Clearly, it doesn't take much to start these behaviors. All the researchers did in this study was give a few cookies to someone with completely artificial power.

People who feel powerful — even if it's fake power — feel more free to be mean. They probably don't even realize how mean they're being.

What should you do if your boss is a cookie monster?

I don't want to get all MBA on you, but managing up is a thing. By putting some thought into what makes your cookie monster think, you can nudge them into being less, well, monstrous.

Are you a boss? Don't be a cookie monster.

If you've ever been at the mercy of a power-tripping boss, the best thing you can do when you become someone's boss is remember how crappy it made you feel so you can treat your employees with dignity.

Part of your job as Head-[insert noun here]-in-Charge, is to make sure you're getting the best out of your team. (Notice I didn't say "most.") Take some time to brush up on your people-management skills and remember that everyone who works for you is a person who deserves consideration.

This article originally appeared on November 11, 2015


Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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The Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness explains one way the rich get richer.

Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and actor Peter Dinklage.

On Tuesday, Upworthy reported that actor Peter Dinklage was unhappy with Disney’s decision to move forward with a live-action version of “Snow White and the Seven Drawfs” starring Rachel Zegler.

Dinklage praised Disney’s inclusive casting of the “West Side Story” actress, whose mother is of Colombian descent, but pointed out that, at the same time, the company was making a film that promotes damaging stereotypes about people with dwarfism.

"There's a lot of hypocrisy going on, I've gotta say, from being somebody who's a little bit unique," Dinklage told Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast.

"Well, you know, it's really progressive to cast a—literally no offense to anybody, but I was a little taken aback by, they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White," Dinklage said, "but you're still telling the story of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Take a step back and look at what you're doing there.”

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