Power Of Depression By Joyce Hocker And William Wilmot

1035 WordsOct 18, 20165 Pages
Power of Depression In most situations the term power is looked at between one person or group and another. The same perspective from the textbook “Interpersonal Conflict” written by Joyce Hocker and William Wilmot can be applied when looking at the lack of internal power when going through a phase of depression. The type of power, level of power, solutions, as well as the RICE perspective can all be associated with myself and my depressed state I went through for a few months. Distributive power is a power of domination which forces or manipulates a person into a low power role or situation. Within a distributive form of power, power itself becomes the main focus of thinking and discussion by the person of low power. In regard to my personal experience with depression, the incident is just that definition. In the instance of depression it forced and manipulated myself to have a lack of power towards my feelings and motivations. The constant battle is trying to figure out how to escape the hurt, and helplessness you feel internally. Escaping and gaining power within becomes the main desire as soon as you recognize that you can no longer handle the pain. Thus, you are in a battle of distributive power fighting between you and the depression building inside of you. Wilmot and Hocker defined interpersonal power as “the ability to influence relational partner in any context because you control, or at least the partner perceives that you control, resources that the

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