The first and most common power attribute would be a person’s physicality. A person who is seen by others as physically powerful, attractive, or healthy can have significant influence over others.

The physicality attribute is probably best exemplified by our attraction to athletes in our society. The physical power and skills they display draw people to them. Athletes are typically idolized by adoring fans. This adoration gives them significant power and influence over others. Because of their influence over the minds and actions of others, they are often paid to endorse products through advertising.

For this reason, you rarely see a leading man or woman in a movie that would be described as unattractive physically. These men and ...

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