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17:48 An ideal relationship would be an equal partnership, with both partners sharing  the ability to make important decisions and to influence one another  People prefer friendships in which the partners share similar amounts of  power to friendships in which one of the partners is typically the boss Power: The ability to influence the behavior of others and to resist their influence  on us 
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Power and Interdependency Theory 17:48 Sources of Power Power is based on the control of valuable resources  The person who has power does not have to possess the desired resources  o It is enough that he or she controls access to them o Relationship partners can control our access to valuable interpersonal  rewards and thereby have power over us One only derives power from controlling a resource if other people want it,  and the greater their need or desire, the greater one’s power  Principle of lesser interest: In any partnership, the person who has less  interest in continuing and maintaining the relationship has more power in that  partnership  Men’s greater interest in sex gives women power If something we want is readily available elsewhere, we can just go there to  get it, and the availability of alternative sources of desired resources is critical  factor in an interdependency perspective on power  The availability of alternatives influences the balance of power in an intimate  relationship  Interdependence theory recognizes two different broad types of power  o Fate control: One can autocratically determine what outcomes a partner  receives, thereby controlling the other’s fate o Behavior control: By changing one’s own behavior, one encourages a  partner to alter his or her actions in a desirable direction The partners both have power over each other o
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