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The psychological e ffects through power

The Psychological Effects Through Power

Anthony Mower

ENGL 1102-040

Professor Brown


Reflective essay
Reflective Essay

Human beings are in constant pursuit to have power over others, situations, and even themselves. A strong way to examine how power can truly be prevalent within today’s society would be to look at various graphics. From my own personal stand point I perceive images to be more explanatory than a collection of words. While words can help to provide specificity, it can cause it to be closed to other instances, further decreasing its connections. With images individuals can apply their own meaning, based upon how they observe the world.

For my project I chose to focus upon the psychological feelings that power can bring on. Overall, I believe this choice to be the best for me to in order to make connections with the images I had examined. This aspect makes sense in knowing that I am a psychology major, and the fact that I want to become a Psychiatrist. So how I really grasp something is based on what find of actions and feelings are being displayed. Once I had put these pictures into this light I was able to come up with my ideas and perceptions on how to do this project with ease. The way I was able to grow was being exposed to all of these different aspects in which people/things were reacting to the environment around them. That people have different ways in which they are able to express themselves and their feelings to in turn convey/hide their message to/from the world.


Reflective essay cont
Reflective Essay Cont.

When my audience looks at my presentation I want them to think about the feelings that overcome when looking at the different aspects of the image. That they should first look at the subject, to see what they are feeling in that moment, then look outwards to the environment and the people around them to see what is causing these feelings. Once they have grasped that aspect I want them to next see how they would feel in those circumstances, if the situation presented itself to them. Not to be confused with what actions that would do in reaction to these events, just primarily the initial feeling that they have. So from these two feelings the person(s) can make a comparison as to whether their feelings are different or the same to the subject of the image.

The first image that comes to mind when as to how it made the most personal connection with me would have to be the graphic of the progression of Anakin Skywalker (photo #8), from Star Wars. To be honest I am a bit of a nerd, from growing up watching the original trilogy and the prequels, so I have always had great enjoyment in watching these movies. Also, I have been able to make connection with my own life through the character displayed in the graphic. This aspect would be him changing from good to evil, however I don’t feel as if I have changed to become and evil person. I am just comparing the over change, that I used to have all of the perceptions and now I am different in various aspects.


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Reflective Essay Cont.

For the basis of my own learning process of this project, while it might seem comical, the Elephant having a fear of a mouse help to open my thought process. When I started to break this image down step by step, I came to the conclusion that this was a visual example of how phobias work. So from this idea the basis of my theme was born, which is the feeling of each picture. As I moved from image to image I was able to strengthen my analytical process of these feelings being displayed, all because of that initial realization.

So from this project as a whole I have been able to strengthen various aspect of my life. The first is self reflection, and my ability to make connections with all of the characteristics that present themselves. This can help strengthen present and future connection to people and things in which I encounter on a day to day basis. Second, is being able to be more analytical with my thinking, and looking deeper into what the image is portraying. This will help me to further understand what is happening in situations and to really grasp the meaning of certain aspects. As a whole I have been able to strengthen my perceptions within the world to help my grow more as an individual.


Photo 1 financial drags
Photo #1: Financial Drags


Visual rhetoric examination
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Economics

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Graphic

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where: Bing

  • Found How: Searching Debt


Visual rhetoric examination cont
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • Explains not only how debt has power over people and their ability to function but also money.

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • It expresses that debt can be such a heavy burden on people. That it is such a big weight to carry day to day

  • Why Do You State So?

    • Debt is bringing the person down in the picture to the point where it is hard to walk

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • Its shows how detrimental debt can be in human life. Which can not only bring us down, but can also give us a negative sense of self-worth


Rhetoric analysis 1 photo 1
Rhetoric Analysis #1: Photo #1

  • Text- This is a graphic picture which comes from an independent blog.

  • Reader- The intended audience would be those facing financial troubles, people who specialize in finances, and those concerned about the countries future. I would be apart of this audience because as a college student I will most likely be in debt. The common ground that the author and I have is the betterment of one’s self through education. There really is no aspect to change, from this article, just the ability to agree with his opinions

  • Author- The author or the graphic is unknown, but this segment is by John Rentoul. He mainly wrote this article to state his opinion about someone else's work. He teaches contemporary history at Queen Mary, University of London. (http://blogs.independent.co.uk/author/johnrentoul/)

  • Constraints- He has no clear financial background, so his validity towards the subject is in question. The reader faces limitations as to whether or not they understand the financial world. These limitations are not really shown within the text because of the confidence in which the author has.

  • Exigence- Debt has been an ongoing argument and can be illustrated by the graphic. The main cause of the argument is initial opinion of the individual who stated that debt above 90% does cause a stunt in growth. He is basically just putting in his own opinion to the matter.


Photo 2 let them be damned
Photo #2: Let Them Be Damned


Visual rhetoric examination1
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Diplomacy

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Photograph

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where: Bing

  • Found How: Searching Nuremberg Trials


Visual rhetoric examination cont1
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • From this image we can grasp the idea of the repercussions of actions.

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • While high powers cause you to perform certain actions, there can be different powers can come in to make a bigger influence in your life.

  • Why Do You State So?

    • The Nazi Party had to answer for the war crimes in which they had committed.

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • Regret can fill your mind when you do something that goes against the majorities morals. However, we can also feel a great deal of pride when our ideas/actions are put down.


Photo 3 my biggest fear
Photo #3: My Biggest Fear


Visual rhetoric examination2
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Phobias

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Cartoon

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where: Bing

  • Found How: Searching: Elephant Afraid of Mice


Visual rhetoric examination cont2
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • Shows how something so small can have such a big influence in our lives

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • That no matter the size of an object that can cause stress on a person, it can still have a great influence in our lives. Whether we chose to or not.

  • Why Do You State So?

    • We are not always in control of what has power over us, that no matter the circumstances, something can still have power over us.

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • Psychologically on can observe the how phobia’s can shape the way in which we interact our environment. Showing how fear is a part directly related to power.


Photo 4 so small
Photo #4: So Small


Visual rhetoric examination3
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Depression

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Drawing

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where: Bing

  • Found How: Searching Depression


Visual rhetoric examination cont3
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • This shows how this aspect of life can cause people to feel so worthless of themselves.

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • From this image one can grasp that the feelings that depression brings on are the main focus of your life.

  • Why Do You State So?

    • The subject of the picture looks so small and inferior to their situation.

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • Sadness and negative self-worth is deeply involved within the drawing.



Genre morph 1 photo 41
Genre Morph #1: Photo #4

  • Original Genre: Drawing

  • Revised Genre: A Word Cloud created on Tagexedo

  • Description of New Genre/New Piece:

    • This a collage of different words that circulate depression.

  • Explanation of New Genre Choice/New Piece:

    • This new genre is used to illustrate depression. The reason why I used a Yin Yang symbol because there are time when we have these time period and times when we have a lot of happiness.


Genre morph 1 photo 42
Genre Morph #1: Photo #4

  • Explanation of How New Genre/Piece Differs from Original:

    • The difference between these two is that the new graphic of words is used to express a meaning in words, while the original expresses depression through an image of a person.

  • Message Changes? Yes or No? How so?:

    • No because they both express the same message of what depression is, just in different formats.


Photo 5 what s next
Photo #5: What’s Next?


Visual rhetoric examination4
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Disasters

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Photograph

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where: Bing

  • Found How: Searching Disaster Aftermath


Visual rhetoric examination cont4
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • Natural Disasters can happen in an instant, while leaving us empty at the aftermath.

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • The amount of force that these events have can cause great damage/change.

  • Why Do You State So?

    • There is very little things humans can do to prevent these situations, which in turn makes us so powerless to them

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • This photograph brings emptiness and mournfulness to mind.


Rhetoric analysis 2 photo 5
Rhetoric Analysis #2: Photo #5

  • Piece- This photograph came from an online news article on National Post. Its publishing date is November 10, 2013 and the articles main focus if the news about the natural disaster.

  • Agent- The author of the image is unknown, however it appears that the picture has come from Getty Images.

  • Receiver-The primary audience is those concerned about the well being of the Philippines. I was no apart of this original audience because I had no idea that this event had occurred. However my beliefs about human well being greatly influenced my perception to bring worry at the sight of this article.

  • Agenda- The gruesomeness of the picture has some biases, but is justified in the fact that the author does not wan to show something to horrific because of the fear it might place on the audience.


Rhetoric analysis 2 photo 5 cont
Rhetoric Analysis #2: Photo #5 (cont.)

  • Demands- This piece urges remorse and remembrance for those who have died because of this tragedy. The are no real clear repercussions/benefits of this of following through with this action.

  • Inquiries- I basically want to know is how the people have recovered at this point. There is no clear manipulation from this photo, I believe that it is just trying to capture the truth of the event based upon its vividness.

  • Gains- From this piece I was able to gain the sense as to the damaging effects of a typhoon and the sense to feel remorseful for people that I do not know.

  • Motivators- The motivation of this picture would be to document the extent in which the disaster affected the area. My motivation for finding this picture would be finding a picture that opens the eyes of my audience.


Photo 6 the king s court
Photo #6: The King’s Court


Visual rhetoric examination5
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Social Status

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Painting

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where:Bing

  • Found How: Searching King Court


Visual rhetoric examination cont5
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • The painting helps to give in image of the past but can also reflected to into today’s society.

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • That the higher we are within society the more we power we have over others.

  • Why Do You State So?

    • The more resources we have as individuals, the more we are able to control a situation/people.

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • Having power over other people can cause great happiness but also great fear at the idea of losing power.


Photo 7 that feel good stuff
Photo #7: That Feel Good Stuff


Visual rhetoric examination6
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Drug Use

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Photograph

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where: Bing

  • Found How: Searching Drug use


Visual rhetoric examination cont6
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • Substance abuse is becoming an increased problem within today’s society.

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • While chemical substances can bring us a sense of euphoria, they can also cause to crawl back for more

  • Why Do You State So?

    • Drugs can provide us with feelings that are enjoyable, so people constantly use these drugs to help people have these feelings more consistently, to grow a dependence.

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • The sense of having Euphoria leads us to powerless to the use of such drugs.


Photo 8 the path to the dark side
Photo #8: The Path to the Dark Side


Visual rhetoric examination7
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Personality

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Graphic

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where: Bing

  • Found How: Searching Anakin Skywalker Dark Side


Visual rhetoric examination cont7
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • This character’s actions forever changed the future of this movie franchise.

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • That the need for more power will cause you to do anything and everything to gain such power.

  • Why Do You State So?

    • As human beings we try to be in control of every situation, so that desire will want us to gain more power.

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • Anger and fear can cause people to change into something unexpected


Rhetoric analysis 3 photo 8
Rhetoric Analysis #3: Photo #8

  • PARADIGM

    • Piece- This a graphic image, there is no original publication provided. It was found on a blog from November 21, 2009. It main point is to show the progression of evil in an individual.

    • Agent- There is nothing on the author of the picture. However, the author of this blog post is Jose Guzman and there is very little information given on him.

    • Receiver- This image primarily grabs people who are interested in Star Wars and Science Fiction films. I am a part of this audience, and my feelings towards the character influence my perception of this picture.

    • Agenda- The picture brings a dark image to the characters personality. However, that is what the character become so it helps to emphasize his path from good to evil.


Rhetoric analysis 3 photo 81
Rhetoric Analysis #3: Photo #8

  • Demands- This graphic does not express any demands, it just shows a timeline of a characters change.

  • Inquiries-Personally I already know everything about this character, but I think that an important question for others to ask is what specifically occurred to bring upon this change. This image basically just strengthens what I already know.

  • Gains-I have been able to realize my experience with change and how it has affected my life. That there is a big difference in who I used to be compared to how I am now.

  • Motivators- For creating this the author wanted to express the changes in the character in one easy image. My motivator to find this was my realization of how this situation relates to me project


Photo 9 coexistence
Photo #9: Coexistence


Visual rhetoric examination8
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Religion

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Graphic

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where: Bing

  • Found How: Searching Religion


Visual rhetoric examination cont8
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • Religious choice has become a huge controversy within human life.

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • These religious decisions can cause us to fell superior over others with different religious choices

  • Why Do You State So?

    • As human beings we want to feel as if our decisions are right, so when other people have decisions that do not coincide with ours we strive to have power over them.

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • While this picture can show unity of religions it can also show division which can bring upon superiority.


Photo 10 busted
Photo #10: Busted!


Visual rhetoric examination9
Visual Rhetoric Examination

  • Topic: Law

  • Image Sub-Genre (chart, graphic, diagram, cartoon, photograph, etc.): Photograph

  • Mode (informative, persuasive, argumentative, expressive/entertaining):

  • Found Where: Bing

  • Found How: Searching Resisting Arrest


Visual rhetoric examination cont9
Visual Rhetoric Examination Cont.

  • Why Select This Image?

    • The way in which human beings interact with the law gives people a sense of their personality.

  • What Does This Image State About Power?

    • The law is below no one, and is therefore implemented upon the people without discretion.

  • Why Do You State So?

    • When someone get caught not following the rules, they are always dealt with to shows that there are no exceptions to the rule at anytime.

  • How Does This Image Fit With The Others In Your Collection?

    • This picture shows more signs of regret and disparity than anything else


Genre morph 2 photo 10 busted
Genre Morph #2: Photo #10 (Busted!)

  • Original Genre: Photograph

  • Revised Genre: Song/Music Video – Breaking The Law by Judas Priest

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L397TWLwrUU

  • Description of New Genre/New Piece:

    • This song expresses how the subject does not care about life, so why not commit a crime.

  • Explanation of New Genre Choice/New Piece:

    • I chose this genre to help express why someone would want to commit a crime.


Genre morph 2 photo 10 busted cont
Genre Morph #2: Photo #10 (Busted!) Cont.

  • Explanation of How New Genre/Piece Differs from Original:

    • This piece differs in perception of the subject. First it was the subject getting caught and the law winning. Then this song is about the process of how and why someone would commit a crime.

  • Message Changes? Yes or No? How so?:

    • Yes, initially the law comes out on top, now the subjects are getting away with committing a crime.


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