Your Sense of Agency: Are You in Control of Your Life? | Psychology Today United Kingdom

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-white-knight-syndrome/201009/your-sense-agency-are-you-in-control-your-life

various ways in which you consciously or unconsciously try to increase your own sense of agency through your relationship. Feeling needed and wanted by a partner can create a sense of power and control, but if the relationship fails, your old feelings of being ineffectual and weak will return. The nurturing, support, and resourcefulness of an overly empathic white knight initially enhance her feelings of agency, but such acts ultimately render her dependent on her partner’s response in order to maintain her sense of being an effective person. The tarnished and terrorizing/terrified white knight may control his partner; however, his sense of agency depends on his maintaining that control.

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