Politicians Get Advice On Holding Power From Psychologist

In the hopes of helping ministers and TDs deal with the benefits and dangers of holding power a shrink has been called in to give a talk to politicians.

Renowned psychologist and expert in the effects of power on the brain, Prof Ian Robertson, will address a cross-party group of TDs and senators in Leinster House on Wednesday.

Prof Robertson says Taoiseach Enda Kenny is performing better because he has power, whereas the previous government was hit by "power blindness".

"Power has both positive and negative effects on people's brains," Prof Robertson has said.

"People who get power can sometimes be very significantly changed. If they get too much power, it can make them quite distorted personalities.''

Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Charlie Flanagan has invited the Trinity College Dublin academic, a neuroscientist and trained clinical psychologist, to address TDs and senators.


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