Browsing Category Hubris Syndrome

Inside Putin’s mind: power has blinded Russia’s new tsar

The dictator’s untrammelled influence has given him delusions of righteousness, Our democratic world must challenge him or be crushed.

Lord Owen and Professor Ian Roberston write in UK’s Sunday Times, Sunday 27 February 2022

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“….power is as potent a brain-changer as any drug and Putin is in a dangerous mental state because of this. His religiosity and sense of spiritual mission, combined with his blunted …

Introduction to the topic of Hubris Syndrome:

In 2011 Lord Owen was instrumental in establishing a charitable trust, the Daedalus Trust ( with the aim of promoting research into personality changes associated with the exercise of power amongst leaders in all walks of life. The name for the Trust was chosen because of Daedalus’s combination of risk-taking tempered by wisdom.

The Trust increased awareness of this important leadership and governance issue and supported research that

(Recent research is indicating) a stress model for hubris syndrome: more research into its linkage to hubris offers a very real opportunity for improving decision-making. Lecture for the Society of British Neurological Surgeons spring 2018 meeting.

Speech by The Rt Hon Lord Owen to the Society of British Neurological Surgeons spring meeting, Torquay, Friday 13 April 2018: The Geoffrey Jefferson Lecture – Neuroscience and Psychology of Hubris Syndrome.

Full text here: Torquay speech

PowerPoint slides here: Torquayslide

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“…(Recent research is indicating) a stress model for hubris syndrome. …A …

Is political hubris an illness?

The New Yorker
Daily Comment, 5 May 2017
Staff writer Evan Osnos


…”Though politicians often accuse each other of being crazy, Trump has inspired a more clinical and sober discussion. (In the magazine this week, I write about proposals in Congress to assess the President’s mental health.) In recent days, the discussion of Trump’s stability has entered a blunter phase….

“In the Washington Post on Thursday, the conservative …

Growing evidence shows that positions of power in politics and business may corrupt the ability of those in them to behave rationally. It’s time for risk managers to take heed.

Article published in the winter 2016 edition of Enterprise Risk, the official magazine of the Institute of Risk Management (UK).

Hubris is almost an occupational hazard for leaders, for it feeds on the isolation that often builds up around (them)….

Hubris is an urgent problem for banking and business leaders, which they show few signs of recognising. Whilst a mass of new regulatory procedures have been put in place, as …

Hubris Syndrome and Hubris trait: speech to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 20 January 2016.

Introduction: John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of America who helped draft the United States Constitution in A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, published in August 1765, wrote about ‘a general knowledge among the people’, which he believed meant that ‘they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefensible divine right to the most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge. I mean the character and conduct of …