Types of Powers in Relationships
Relationships can be typed according to the way partners share power or decision-making and responsibilities (Beebe, Beebe, Redmond, 2011). A complementary relationship is when only one partner dominates making the majority of the decisions on what to do and what not to do. A symmetrical relationship is when both partners behaved towards power in the same way such as avoiding it. A competitive symmetrical relationship is when both partners battle for control to make the decision. Submissive symmetrical relationship is when neither of the partners wants to impose their decision upon the other. Parallel relationship is a rotation in decision-making depending on what may be the situation. Under no circumstances should power in a relationship be unethical, but we do live in a
right now world. Power is used unethically when the person uses the power for personal gain.
power can be invisible to the partner that is not using it. A nurse works in a mental health
facility, this one patient is aware of everything that goes on if he takes his medicine. This day the
nurse came in she was tired and did not feel up to par, so being that she was not feeling well she
used her power by not giving the patient his medicine. The patient was acting totally out of
character and had to be restrained to his bed, by doing this the nurse did not have to deal with
him on that day because he could not leave his room until the next day after he received his
medicine and was back on track. Another example could be that men and women both use power
in their relationships unethically to get what they my want at that time out of the relationship and
the other person. If a woman wants the man to do something she may reframe from having sex
until she gets what she wants because that seems to be very important to the man. A man may
reframe from giving the female money or doing things around the house...
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