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Empowerment and Disempowerment

What ways can individuals be empowered, disempowered and how can they combat personal disempowerment? Can you explain how personal empowerment leads to collective empowerment? I'm having a hard time understanding this.

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Individuals can be empowered in many ways. Most often it depends on the individuals themselves, as motivation and empowerment are unique to each person. What empowers one person, may do nothing for another. According to this article, http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2010/03/10/empower-people/, there are several different ways to empower people. When people are empowered, they feel stronger, more self confident and more able to accomplish tasks that are at hand. Providing individuals with the tools to help themselves is the first step in empowerment and people can feel empowered in many areas of life, for example, healthy living, career, family, finance, and relationships. We can empower ourselves and we can empower others (http://www.joe.org/joe/1999october/comm1.php), it all depends on your level of motivation and investment.

On the other hand, individuals can become disempowered or demoralized in several ways. Bullies are often at the center of disempowerment. They know how to attack and when ...

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This question discusses empowerment and disempowerment. What it means, how we can achieve it and how it correlates to collective empowerment.