Chapter 7 Create Activity
Principle of Least Interest
Power in relationships often comes down to who is more interested in maintaining the
relationship. Someone who does not care as much has more power because he or she can hold
firm on decisions without fear of loss. For this activity, use a sociological lens to examine the
dynamics of relationships based on the principle of least interest.
Analyze examples of couples where you believe the principle of least interest is in effect. Find
three examples from television, movies, or the news to use for your analysis. Use one to two
major concepts and theories and appropriate terminology from the text to explain how the
principle of least interest has repercussions for the couple’s power/conflict/communication
dynamics. Be sure to (1) explain each concept, theory, and term applied, (2) explain how each
concept and theory applies to the principle of least interest, and (3) explain why one member of a
couple might engage in this dynamic.