Masters Power: Interpersonal forms of power (authority) are the ways a Master molds his slave during training and manages her in the relationship. It is helpful to a Master to understand what is generally accepted as the forms of power. It gives you ideas of how to develop or improve your authority.
Masters Power over the slave:
The interpersonal forms of power are:
1) Reward Power: Ability to control the reward a slave wants; reinforcements. This is a positive and perhaps the more useful power.
2) Coercive Powe: Ability to cause a slave to have an unpleasant experience; punishment. A necessary power but not always the best.
3) Legitimate Power: Based on position or mutual agreement. The slave agrees to accept her Master and grants him authority. This is why a contract is valuable in slave training because the contract grants her Master legitimate power, by establishing his authority in writing. In addition to setting goals, it allows both Master and slave to discuss the process and allows her to see and agree to the authority she is granting him.
4) Reverent Power: An elusive power that is based on interpersonal attraction. The slave identifies with the Master and the Master is individualistic and respected by the slave. This is the personal connection between the two.
5) Expert Power: Specialized knowledge or skills the slave needs. Three conditions must exist: Trust; knowledge must be relevant and useful; and perception as an expert by the slave.
The above are the ones most stated but Joyce Hocker and William W. Wilmot add two additional forms of power to the list. They are:
6) Intimacy power is founded in social support. it is the influence felt by another person because of your friendship, love and warmth for them. They depend on you for support. Caring for a person gives you a form of power and more so if associated with other powers listed above on this page.
7) Who you know i it is perceived power gaining from knowing others that are powerful. One example is a woman in an office dating the boss. she is perceived as having power and influence because of her relationship to the boss. An Alpha slave has power over a beta slave because if this.
The power balance between individuals changes as circumstances change. This is power dynamics.
Power is relative. because we don’t possess absolute power. It can change. Relative power has 3 factors: 1) the importance of the goal ; 2) other ways available for achieving the goal; and 3) dependence on the powerful one.
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