What kind of power dynamic am I in right now?
The ability to become aware of what type of power game others have got you in can be vital to avoid being exploited!
Power With means that we are working to achieve our goals and desires but not at the expense of others. People playing Power Over however are doing things very differently and are counting on the fact that you won't recognise what they are doing.
Backhanded insults, withholding important information, consistent misunderstandings at your expense are all part of the game for those looking to only advance themselves.
Learning not to buy into their clever justifications but rather look at the consistent trail of behaviour can really assist you in understanding exactly what you are up against and how to best respond.