Power Exchange;

Continuous Limited Control 

Our Definition

A type of dynamic where submissive gives up some, but not all, of their authority to their dominant partner(s) continuously, at all times. 

Real Life Examples

Sally typically makes the decisions in her relationship with Bob, but Bob does not need to ask for permission for most things. They have a natural ebb and flow style to their D/s dynamic. 

Jeraldo reserves the right to always decide on his own clothing and physical presentation, but on all other matters he submits to his partner. 

Common Practices

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Power exchange is particularly complex, which is why we outlined this and three other sometimes-overlapping specific types of power exchange. Common practices in continuous limited control power exchange dynamics include, but certainly aren't limited to:
  • Overlap and/or fluctuation between different forms of power exchange 
  • Having firmly established and well communicated boundaries around one or more areas where power is or is not exchanged. 
  • Having a fluid dynamic that changes from day to day based on the needs of the people involved. 

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