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that have been framed by the authorities and try to follow them without making any attempt to circumvent them. They have access to valued confidents, and maintain their humility, self criticism, and sense of humor. Practicing the art of love they can carry out the task more effectively. Quite often these persons are attracted by other things than power.

disregard advice of colleagues and public opinion exhibit restlessness, recklessness and impulsiveness often isolated and loss of contact with reality a tendency to follow their conviction an inability to carry out a policy

Often heads of Government, dictators, religious heads, and academicians exhibit Hubritic tendency. Most of them are intoxicated by power. Often it is noted in heads of government who are either democratically elected or dictators. Their unwillingness to surrender power has been considered the curse of civilization. Their appetite for power is irresistible, and often they cling to the power by sacrificing everything. Power is an emotionally charged word. English philosopher Francis Bacon has said, ‘nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much’. Lord Acton has aptly said that, ‘power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’. However Harry Shearer has raised doubt about that by saying ‘if absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness makes you pure?’

Swami Vivekananda has said, ‘Each work we do, each thought we think, produces an impression (samskara) upon the minds. The sum total of these impressions becomes the tremendous force (character). The character of a man is what he has created for himself. It is the result of the mental and physical actions that he has done in his life’. It should be the guiding spirit to maintain the humility. Lord Owen has cautioned that Hubris syndrome is a greater threat than conventional illness to the quality of leadership and the proper government. English clergyman Charles Colton has viewed such a situation as follows: To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasure, we must go to those who are seeking it. The pains of power are real, its pleasure imaginary.

Prevention Though many individuals do not exhibit the features of Hubris syndrome when they assume office, they are likely to succumb to it as years roll. The individuals who retain their personal modesty while in power, maintain their previous lifestyle and show a tendency to avoid the trappings of power will be able to avoid Hubris syndrome. They remain open to criticism, and consult before taking decisions. They follow the rules and regulations

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Owen D. Hubris syndrome. Clin Med 2008 : 8(4) ; 428-32 Allan R. ‘Sic transit gloria mundi’ (Editorial) Clin Med 2008 : 8(4) ; 361

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Supplement to ARIVU Souvenir of 2009 VSNA Chicago Convention.


Supplement to ARIVU Souvenir of 2009 VSNA Chicago Convention.