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Women's Empowerment School

May 27, 2019

For the last 7,000 years, power has been reserved for men. And though cultural norms are changing, many women continue to resist power, viewing it as an ugly or destructive force. How can we better understand our personal power paradigm? How can we step into our power without allowing it to corrupt our character? How can we learn to embrace power and feel safe doing so?

Today, Sylvia is helping us explore our personal power paradigm. She explains how a paradigm is influenced both by culture as well as our past experiences, walking us through a series of questions to explore how we perceived power as children and fully understand our initial positive or negative feelings toward it.

Sylvia then guides us through an assessment of how we experience power now, challenging us to compare our current understanding of power with that of early childhood. She addresses why many women continue to resist power and shares a practical exercise for feeling safe as we step into our power. Listen in for the neuroscientific research around power and empathy and learn how we can grow in our power—without losing compassion for others!

Topics Covered

How a paradigm is influenced by culture + past experiences

The definition of power as the ability to produce an effect

How to uncover your personal power paradigm

  • How did you perceive power as a child?
  • Of the adults in your family, who had more power?
  • How did you discern who had more power?
  • How did power look? How did it sound?
  • Did power have a positive or negative connotation?

Assessing how you experience power NOW

  • How is power distributed at work?
  • How do you sense power inside yourself?
  • How do you behave when you feel powerful? Powerless?
  • Does power have a positive or negative connotation?

The neuroscientific research around power and empathy

Why women need to feel safe stepping into our power

How to counterbalance the negative effects of gaining power

  1. Stay grounded
  2. Ask for feedback

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