Perceptions of Influence and Power in Group Members’ Relationships

Discuss power within group relationships by answering and discussing some of the following questions. However, do not simply answer these, one by one; treat them as overview for you to prepare to write your entry.
o Why does someone who holds a recognize base of power, not use it?
o Why does someone who holds a position of high ability to influence, find the need to constantly “one-up” others with whom
she/he is already up?
o What does it mean when we say we can give up our power or give away our power to someone?
o How is it that two people can perceive themselves to be powerless in the face of each other?
o How is it that two people can want to be equitable with each other, but more often than not, behave inequitably?
o How much does a belief in power as a finite quantity contribute to our approach to using our own power bases?

Required: Use TWO references from Ch. 6 & 7 and ONE reference from the mini-lecture. Cite sources appropriately. Do not include your own experiences or your opinion. You want to formally discuss power between members within their groups. Stay on track. Demonstrate a deepened understanding of power and influence.

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