The intense, heady rush of euphoria that some people experience when acquiring additional recognition, rights, responsibilities and/or authority. Extremely addictive to those personalities which can experience it. This state can sometimes be achieved vicariously through roleplaying games and fiction.

The addictive qualities of the "power trip" are most likely those which lead persons in positions of power to seek more and more at any cost, thus leading to the idea that power corrupts. Contrary to popular belief, however, it is possible to maintain a power trip while also behaving in an ethical fashion; one just has to be really good at politics.

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