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26 January 2012 @ 11:38 am
What makes you feel powerful?

What makes you feel powerless?
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
Zilyaklingonlandlady on January 26th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
1. Doing lots of pullups at the gym!
2. Traffic stops by cops with an attitude
tickles, the angry lemurclara_girl on January 26th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
good ones! :)

1. a really good performance, connecting with 800 people all at once from a stage.

2. flagrant sexism, particularly from within my social circles.
unintentional baitredheadedmuse on January 26th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
1. sex, magic, writing
2. debt, sexism, ptsd
Spiderbabearachne8x on January 26th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
1.When my health/wellness suggestions to someone else actually pan out and help them. Finding interesting and elusive bugs. Making a tasty meal for my family.
2.Misfortune befalling those I care about, particularly certain kinds of illness.
Stephghislaine on January 26th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
1. Successful persuasion; Financial independence

2. Realizing that evil really does exist in the world

born from jets!!!catness on January 26th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I ever feel powerful. Hrrrrm. It's possible that I don't think of things in that way. Maybe I used to and never called it that?

As for the opposite... my job, rape culture, politics in the United States, my health, western medicine & the medical establishment, and sharing a domicile with a Consumer (vs. a Conserver, which is what I am).

Edited at 2012-01-26 05:52 pm (UTC)
David Policardpolicar on January 26th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
It is difficult to remember the last time I felt powerful for any substantive length of time.

Focus often makes me feel powerful. (Or perhaps feeling powerful makes it easy for me to focus.) Sex sometimes does. The kind of learning/problem-solving where something suddenly 'clicks' and the world is just different does. Similarly but less dramatically, suddenly coming to understand something that had previously been mysterious, especially when it involves the behavior of other people. Finding just the right words (relatedly, writing poetry when it works).

All the inverses of that make me feel powerless: distraction, separation, alienation from people, the inability to understand things, the inability to express a thought. (You can imagine what cognitive impairment and aphasia were like.) Being misunderstood, especially in an uncorrectable way. (Even more so, being misrepresented.) Being isolated.
phoenixamber_phoenix on January 26th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)

using my body and/or brain well. standing up for what I believe in.

racism. sexism. the government. corporations. also, the universe and all Her huge mysterious splendor - in a good way.
T Streichsweetbaboo on January 26th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
The other side of Deliriumtaura_g on January 26th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
1. I've never thought of it in the term of "powerful" but being able to pick myself up and slowly stand on my own two feet has been giving me a feeling of strength the last 18 months.

2. Death of a loved one
fanwfanw on January 26th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Powerful: completing a physical task, a race, a long bike ride, etc
Powerless: Being stuck at an airport three thousand miles away from where I need to be with a cancelled flight.

After coming up with these though, I have two others:
What makes me feel powerful? Pregnancy
What makes me feel powerless? Pregnancy

Really, it's kind of amazing what I'm doing, but in a sense I don't feel I am doing it. I am a meat machine optimized to an incredible task but my mind, what I usually term my "self" is not so much involved. I keep making plans and then my body says "no". I've found I can do two of three things: gestate, digest, and anything else. If I try to do more, I pay the price.

Alright, enough for this digression. Just on my mind!
Rowan: Wintermzrowan on January 26th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Powerful: yoga, dancing, successful home improvement projects, event planning.

Powerless: social machinations, unsuccessful home improvement projects, gluten intolerance, infertility.

Sadly, my job used to be in the former and is now squarely in the latter.
Kcatkcatalyst on January 26th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
When things work the way I am trying for.

When things don't work the way I am trying for.
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on January 26th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
Powerful: being able to solve someone's tiny logistical problem, saying yes or no unconflictedly, doing almost anything I'm confident I'm good at, choosing generous interpretations

Powerless: the news, people who don't say what they mean, miscommunication, obligations I chafe against

One power I have a lot of right now but am conflicted about is "being needed." It's definitely powerful, but often it's a power I don't want, and generally when I *do* want it, it's not a great sign for the long-term situation.
Chance: after the firemiss_chance on January 26th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
Generally I feel powerful through acts of creation. It might be making art, or cooking, or building something, drawing, or even creating a party or social situation that works out well. Planning something and having it come to fruition well. Or, sometimes, just standing up straight and taking in a deep breath and looking out at the world, I feel like a powerful part of life.

Right now I'm in the midst of an extended feeling of powerlessness. My own inability to take in a full-breath due to a lingering chest-cold, and the illness of my partner that I can do little to alleviate. These things make me feel powerless in themselves, and they also interfere with my doing the things that make me feel powerful, making for an unpleasant cycle.

Breaking through it and making acts of creation anyway, helps.
unintentionally intimidatingcoraline on January 26th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
having lots of information, understanding systems. performing music that makes people get up and dance. understanding my boundaries and responsibilities and communicating them.

feeling misunderstood or deliberately misrepresented. global climate change. waiting. death and suffering, especially of those close to me. (the first and third are things i'm working on not allowing them to have that effect on me. the second and others... there's not much to be done about.)
Mizarchivist: Strongmizarchivist on January 26th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Having someone show clear interest in me and being able to maneuver where things go next.
Doing something with great proficiency that feels easy to me and wows the hell out of (usually) my coworkers/patrons

Not being able to help or change an outcome.
Not feeling valued or heard.
Words of Fire on the Surface of the Worldinfinitehotel on January 26th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Power: Interesting question. Recently, it's been developing the skills to transform raw materials into new (and hopefully) better things. Food, steel, ink, paper, human potential. Particularly when I used to think of a material as fixed and unchangeable, now it's just possibilities.

Powerlessness is largely other people. Overestimating someone or misplacing trust is a huge confidence suck.

Edited at 2012-01-26 10:22 pm (UTC)