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

Make the shift from the dreaded drama triangle to The Empowerment Dynamic

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The best selling concepts in The Power of TED* are brought to life in our training programs and help revitalize relationships at home and in the workplace.

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—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

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    The Costs of Drama

    Do you experience drama in your work and life?  Do turf wars or ineffective team dynamics exist in your organization?  We all experience some level of drama.  It is part of the human experience. However, the costs of drama – both at work and personally – can be tremendous. When you have a minute, do […]

  • Just Pivot!

    Just Pivot!

    One of the hardest things to admit is to say, “I was wrong and I will change.” To admit that you are wrong is an affront to your ego’s job of maintaining your sense of individuality, separateness and, perhaps, superiority. Clinging to your opinion at all costs is one way your ego protects you from […]

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    5 Ways Baby Steps Get You Unstuck

    How do your creative thoughts become reality? For an idea to grow beyond just a thought stuck in your head, you must get into action. Many people never get their great ideas out of their brains and into external reality. For an idea to grow you must get momentum. Yet there are so many drama-filled […]

  • 3 Levels of Appreciation

    3 Levels of Appreciation

    You don’t have to look very hard these days to notice negative news around the world. It’s not just the news media or public leaders that are using harsh words toward one another. It’s also become the norm in some social media circles to pass on gossip and unforgiving pictures about someone they have never […]

  • Stop Asking Why

    Stop Asking Why

    As you read these questions, what emotions arise in you? Why are you always late for staff meetings? Why are your monthly reports coming back with client complaints? Why do you avoid helping me with the dishes? Why do you wear that dirty old shirt every weekend? Just writing these questions stirs up a lot […]

  • Creators Practice Patience

    Creators Practice Patience

    We live in a fast-paced world where speed and efficiency are revered. “Just get ‘er done!” is a phrase we learned from friends and colleagues in Texas. From one-minute manager to one-minute workouts to one-minute millionaires (all popped up on a quick internet search on “one minute”), our culture reinforces the belief that we can […]

  • Victim of Procrastination

    Victim of Procrastination

    We have been putting off writing this newsletter.  Okay, that is supposed to be a joke and there are plenty of procrastination jokes out there just like this one.  Did you hear about the procrastinators club that never met?  Or about the author who planned a book on procrastination but never wrote it? For those […]

  • The Victim Yells – A Creator Whispers

    The Victim Yells – A Creator Whispers

    If you stop and listen, it is amazing how many voices we have in our heads. We all do. It’s part of the perplexing human experience and sometimes it is confusing to know which voice to listen to. We have discovered that our Victim voice tends to yell, while our Creator voice whispers. The Dreaded […]

  • The Story Behind the Story

    The Story Behind the Story

    I (David) am often asked about the genesis of what eventually became The Power of TED*.  The following is my personal story that led to the story in the book. At a critical time in my life, I faced all of the realities that the character David faces in the story. I had lost my […]

  • If Everyone’s Right, Who’s Left?

    If Everyone’s Right, Who’s Left?

    One of the primary characteristics of those who embody the Persecutor role in the Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT)™ is the need to blame, put down others and to be right. We know of few other situations today that are more rooted in the DDT than politics!   (This essay is not entirely about politics, so please […]

  • Making Friends with Your Drama Roles

    Making Friends with Your Drama Roles

    You know what drama feels like. It’s a muddled mess of difficult energy and usually means you are in an entangled relationship with someone else, a situation, or the way you are relating to yourself. When you slip into this darker drama energy, it’s rare to find any benefit to living in the Dreaded Drama […]

  • The Downside of Overconfidence

    The Downside of Overconfidence

    Psychologists have identified what is called the “winner effect.”   This phenomenon is based upon the observation that animals who have recently won a fight become more likely to win the next fight. After winning, their speed and visual acuity increases and the animal becomes more fearless. When an animal wins a fight, their tolerance for […]

  • Feedback Without Blame or Judgment

    Feedback Without Blame or Judgment

    As young school children we are taught to ask the teacher for help and receive feedback to help us learn. As adults, giving feedback to one another can evoke a strong defensive reaction. We know this defensive response all-too-well. Since we co-facilitate the Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) workshops together, after each workshop we […]

  • The Secret to Why People Change

    The Secret to Why People Change

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could just snap our fingers and all that we don’t like about other people would suddenly change? But while you are snapping your fingers at them, other people are snapping theirs trying to change you! There’s good news though—if you understand what motivates people to change, you can have […]

  • Victimized by Too Many Choices

    Victimized by Too Many Choices

    For many of us in the developed world, just going to the grocery store can be stressful.   There are so many food choices!   The drink aisle now has several hundred different options. Have you noticed how many different bags of chips you can choose from? Buying one of Donna’s favorite foods, popcorn, used to be […]