The Power Struggle of Relationships

Bertram Russell said that power was at the core of all relationships.In this article, written by Ian H. Robertson, Ph.D., we look at the power dynamic between a couple Robertson calls Chris and Karen. He overheard them arguing at a party and was amazed at Karen’s cruel attacks on her husband. She had no compunction about shaming him in front of everyone. Robertson postulates that Karen’s power to deny affection gave her control over the relationship. It also made her contemptuous of Chris because he had been objectified in her eyes. This lack of balance in power between partners, Robertson points out, is often ruinous.

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