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Could the seemingly inexhaustible supply of high-profile hypocrites reflect the fact that the media cover the George Rekers of the world and not your philandering, church-deacon neighbor? In a word, no. They are worse than the rest of us. There really is something about power that stokes hypocrisy, which is the practice of engaging in behavior that you condemn in others.

According to new research in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science, there is a direct causal connection between power and hypocrisy‚Äîor between power and what the scientists unflinchingly call “sanctimony combined with lechery and gluttony.”