Dating 101 how to balance the power in your relationship
Building onto this study in 2006 a study by Susan Sprecher and Diane Felmlee of 101 heterosexual American dating couples found that the partners who perceived themselves as more emotionally involved also perceived themselves as having less power.The most recent study on the principle of least interest took place in 2012.The first major study to test the principle came in 1972 in a paper by Kenneth Eslinger, Alfred D Clarke and Russell R Dynes.
While typically the principle of least interest is used in sociology to describe relationships, It has been used to explain business deals.
For example, in marketing pitches it can explain why making to aggressive pitch can hurt your chances of getting it accepted.
The researchers also noted that the perception of being powerless in a relationship grew as the emotional involvements in the relationship grew.
39% percent of the respondents reported that the woman was more emotionally involved compared to only 21% reporting the man to be more emotionally involved.
These studies were further reinforced in 1984 by a study that focused on the balance of power in lesbian relationships.
Nearly 40% of those taking part reported an unequal balance of power.One of the ways Willard proposed for this uneven balance was the Principle of least interest.In a relationship with uneven power distribution, one of the partners gets more out of a relationship, be it emotionally, physically, or monetarily than the other.Then when it didn’t work out they’d feel badly…about themselves.No, not the guy who said all of these offensive things or treated a woman disrespectfully.The principle of least interest falls primarily in the Conflict viewpoint of sociology.The principle of least interest dictates how power is distributed in a relationship and how it is almost always unequally balanced.The partner who receives less has less incentive to continue the relationship and therefore at the most extreme can threaten to end the relationship so that the other person bends to their demands.For the person making the demands this is of little consequence to them.This unequal balance of power can lead the weaker person to try to struggle to get a grasp on some of the power.This struggle leads to a conflict between the one with the power and is using the relationship.