What is Total Power Exchange?
Total Power Exchange (TPE) is a variant of Power Exchange that involves the total surrender of submissive’s life to the dominant. The submissive now becomes the slave and the dominant becomes Master/Mistress. The relationship may or may not involve sex.
In Total Power Exchange, the Master/slave relationship does not end after the scene. It may extend into real life, with the submissive having some level of control to the slave’s financial, professional, and personal life. Typical TPE involves the formation and construction of a contract. Before starting the activity, the Master and the slave first undergo negotiations, in which rules and limits are established. Both parties will then sign a contract symbolizing their consent. The contract is not legally binding, but it serves as a symbol of the participants’ commitment and trust to each other.
TPE is built-in trust and responsibility. The slave willingly relinquishes the control of his/her own life to the Master/Mistress. Having control over someone’s life also means having the responsibility of ensuring their safety and well-being. By receiving power and authority, the Master/Mistress is now responsible for keeping the relationship safe and pleasurable for both parties.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- Entering in TPE means agreeing to Consensual Slavery.
- Both parties enter the Master/slave relationship knowingly.
- The contract may include the duration and intensity of the TPE, as well as the rules and limits of the relationship.
- A safeword is also included in the contract.
- The slave may choose to have two safewords.
- The first one is to inform the other party that the relationship is going overboard while the other is to put an end to the contract.
- Due to the nature of TPE, the slave is always in a disadvantageous position.
- The Master/Mistress can always betray the trust of the slave. As such, it is important to choose a trusted partner.
- A common misconception about TPE involves micromanaging.
- The Master/Mistress does not manage all aspects of the slave’s life.
- The slave is free to engage in other activities or continue living a normal life.
- The power of the Master/Mistress over the slave depends on what is written on the contract.
- Common TPEs only involves two individuals. However, a Master or Mistress may have two or more slaves.
- The contract is open to renegotiation if it becomes necessary.
- A TPE that disrupts or intervene with daily routines or practices can always be terminated by either or both parties.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Total Power Exchange is often associated with Financial Domination. The Master or Mistress may force the slave to wear a collar or perform other Master/slave scenes such as Training and Discipline. It can also be combined with Petplay, Ageplay, Genderplay and other Role-playing scenes.