Learn about the Dreaded Drama Triangle™ (originally the Karpman Drama Triangle) and how to escape its toxic nature with TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)™. TED* has the power to dramatically shift your life and relationships – at home and at work – from drama filled to empowered. TED* works to transform the dynamics of individuals, teams, organizations, couples, and families to promote cooperation, communication and positive outcomes.
Making Shifts Happen
Shifting out of the drama triangle into a positive approach to life’s challenges transforms how you experience life and interact in relationships.
Shifts Happen by:
- Focusing on what we want rather than what we don’t want
- Moving from reacting to responding to life experiences
- Reconnecting and focusing on our dreams and desired outcomes
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