Power and Influence in Game Theory

All games in life are defined in part by the back stories of the players in the game. A person in possession of real power knows that we are all limited or empowered not by our experiences alone but by the stories we create about these experiences. We create different life stories for a variety of reasons, some within our control and other not. We can exert power over others and be controlled by another’s power because of many different factors some under our control and others beyond our control. These factors may include gender, religious beliefs, cultural background, age and general life circumstances.  The popular motivational author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia defined six stages in a person’s development.  These stages are infancy, childhood adolescence, maturity, intimacy and old age.  Different types of power will be important to an individual based on where they are developmentally.

Power Can Open Any Door and get You Access to Anyone

When a person wields power without vision or focus they can determine, shape, give direction to, and affect the people around them as well as the surrounding environment in positive or negative ways. They can create wealth –even legally print money – influence through propaganda, build armies coerce, threaten violence and create havoc.

When a person wields power with vision and focus they can educate and effectively influence important decision makers. It generally accepted that when President Harry Truman was weighing the pros and cons of supporting a UN decision on the creation of the State of Israel it was the influence of his old friend and business associate in the haberdashery business back in Missouri that played an important role in swinging his support to the affirmative.

Among the most common types of power you will, see, hear about or experience in your life time are:

– Social influence: The ability to bypass “gate keepers” through interpersonal relationship.

– Power (sociology): Where one person may influence another.

Power (international) : Where one state may influence another.

Political power:  Directing the affairs of state.

Bribery:  The use of money or similar rewards to influence others.

-Wealth: The use of money to do whatever one wants to do onn ones own terms

– Cultural Domination: When one culture unfairly infects, overwhelms and eliminates a previously existing culture.

About the Author:

Lewis Harrison is an  speaker, consultant, and Contemporary Spiritual Teacher. He is a  pioneer in the personal development movement  The author of nine  self help books on human potential he offers seminar, workshops, retreats and phone based coaching.

He owns the NYC Chair Massage Company www.EventsChairMassage.com

He created the course on Life Strategies – www.LifeStrategyCourse.com  – based on Game Theory, the idea expanded on by John Nash the Nobel prize winning subject of the biopick “A Beautiful Mind”. Lewis holds regular stress management,  and meditation retreats at his Spa in the Western Catskills. Learn more at  www.TheHarrisonCenter.com

His company offers on-site chair massage through www.eventschairmassage.com

Lewis hosts a weekly radio show “What Up” that explore game theory. The show broadcasts Wednesdays, on WIOX 91.3 FM  – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST).  The show is also available as an internet stream at the same time period at WIOXRadio.org