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March 28, 2011

Domination

Overpowering, controlling or ruling over others came into existence since known eras of human history. Strategies, tactics, methods and tools evolved to bring others under total control of a single individual or a group of individuals. Domination gives deliberate capability of controlling, handling and exploiting an individual or a group of individuals being dominated by disregarding, disrespecting and denying its own best interests, capabilities, ambitions, desires and wishes.

In simple words, domination is to make someone realize its smaller size and lack of power to question, challenge, control, overpower, defeat and overthrow the dominator. More specifically, domination is disarming others by appearing in a such way that threatens others but not making any physical harm to them. Indirectly, dominating is about exploiting others to serve, fulfill and satisfy the own best interests, ambitions, desires and wishes of the dominator.

Domination has to do with appearing physically as giant and powerful figure in front of the other(s) i. e. bigger, bulkier, broader, larger, stronger, taller, louder, mightier, fiercer, smarter, aggressive, advanced, authoritative and powerful.

We can watch domination anywhere in daily life, right from one's exhibition as a more powerful individual in front of others to a protest march by a large homogeneous group of shouting people on the main street of a city.

Let’s see few examples of domination that we can observe during interpersonal interactions:

1) Bigger than you: You are sitting inside the cabin of your superior. Your conversation with her spins into an argument. She suddenly gets out of her chair and stands in front of you and starts glaring at your. Unconsciously, she wants to influence your opinions and approach about the subject.

2) Better than you: You find yourself unable to tackle an ongoing condition or issue on your own and you seat helplessly in your chair. Your superior walking alongside you, looks at you. He suddenly rushes, stands behind your back and starts asking questions.

Finally, he jumps into issue and solves it without asking your consent. With a sarcastic smile on his face, your superiors says, “This is the way it is done! I knew it very well.” He might taunt you in front of your colleagues about the same.

3) I’m an in charge: You introducing yourself or you’re being introduced to a person and both of you exercise a formal hand shake. Person on the opposite side turns his palm facing down and silently communicates that he’s going to control and/or want to dictate whatever is going to happen in this association.

4) Keep yourself down: A couple is walking on a street which has commercial shops. When they pass by a jewelry shop, wife stumbles upon a nice diamond necklace. She expresses her wish to buy it but husband denies it by saying, “We can’t afford it!”. He stretches his hand towards her with palm facing downward and stares at her with big eyes.

5) United to defeat: An innocent boy is caught by a group of bullying youngsters. Suddenly their rival group rushes to the spot to help the boy. They cover the boy and silently stand tall in front of the offenders. Within a few seconds, offenders find their way out from the spot.
 
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