Powerlessness can take many forms. It can be the inability to gain personal control or make progress towards meaningful goals. It can be a sense of being marginalized or being excluded from participation --think of this country’s history with exclusion with all male golf clubs, all white sports teams, higher education for the wealthy and white and work opportunities for white men as a just a few examples.
Lack of power can come from inequalities in the environment, a need for personal strength, not having material resources and power imbalances in society. The ability to right power imbalances and a sense of personal control is linked to greater health and well-being. Continue reading “How to Find Your Power: The Process of Empowerment” »