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

What makes you feel powerless?
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
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.