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

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.

“A guy named David Emerald, has some really smart and helpful information about breaking these life-destroying behaviors, and stepping into stronger, saner, and healthier ways of behaving.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

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    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 […]

  • Problems Are Like Glue

    Problems Are Like Glue

    David remembers a time when he was working with an executive who had just been promoted to a leadership position.  Wanting to make a positive impact, the leader convened several meetings with his new direct reports to answer this question:  “What problems do we need to address?” The staff was not initially aware of a […]

  • Interview Your Future Self

    Interview Your Future Self

    Do you sometimes struggle with finding your true life purpose? Motivational speakers and self-help books often give similar advice that goes like this: “You have been put on earth for a unique purpose. Find your unique purpose and life will be blissful.” That’s a lot of pressure! What happens when you don’t feel connected to […]

  • Preparing to Speak or to Listen

    Preparing to Speak or to Listen

    Before emails, TV’s, radio, telegrams and the printing press, human beings communicated face-to-face. They sat around the camp fire or on their front porch and listened to each other. Storytellers were revered for their ability to remember vast details of family history and epic events, while people intently listened so they could pass information on […]

  • When Will I Be Done With My Drama?

    When Will I Be Done With My Drama?

    Learning about the Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT)™ roles of Victim, Persecutor and Rescuer is often a huge epiphany for people.  Once they see these roles play out in their own lives, they dislike the limitations and suffering they now recognize are happening when living inside the DDT.  Most people tell us they appreciate learning about […]

  • Resistance and the Creative Urge

    Resistance and the Creative Urge

    There is a law of physics called “resistance.”  It refers to the hindrance of electricity along wires or the interference to the movement of electrons zigzagging from atom to atom.  The law states that the greater the resistance, the greater the interruption and flow of energy. The feeling of resistance isn’t fun at all.  You […]

  • Exaggerated Sense of Responsibility

    Exaggerated Sense of Responsibility

    Donna shares a story about one morning – years ago as a full-time working mom and wife with 3 children – when she woke up and realized she wasn’t responsible for the sun rising that morning. While she can laugh about it now, it was a very serious moment in her early adult years. Intellectually, […]

  • What Triggers You?

    What Triggers You?

    Sometimes the smallest stimulus can irritate us and send us into a dizzying cycle of reactive, drama-filled behavior.   We call a stimulus that impacts behavior a “trigger.” Triggers can be either positive or negative.   An example of a positive trigger is smiling back at a smiling baby. However, it is the negative triggers that we […]

  • The Problem with Problem Solving

    The Problem with Problem Solving

    Solving a problem works really well when you need specific information.  If your computer isn’t working, you need concrete information about how to get it working again.  If you have the wrong address for an appointment, that’s a problem.  You need the correct address. Life and relationships are far more complex.  When it comes to […]

  • Stop Starring in Your Own Movie

    Stop Starring in Your Own Movie

    There is a part of all of us that wants to be a star.  Whether we secretly wish for our “star moment” or we are intentionally pursuing a starring role at work or in the movies, part of human nature yearns to be seen as special.   This is the part of our healthy ego that […]

  • Invisible Limiting Beliefs

    Invisible Limiting Beliefs

    There’s a story about a young boy who loved his goldfish.   He spent hours watching them swim in circles in their small glass fishbowl.  But sometimes he felt sad for the fish because their small fishbowl caused them to swim in tiny circles. One day he filled his big bath tub and gently placed each […]

  • Why Asking is Better than Telling

    Why Asking is Better than Telling

    If you have listened to any of the US Presidential debates, it is clear we live in a culture of “telling.”  Our American culture is based upon rugged individualism, competition and getting things done fast.  Therefore, it’s no surprise candidates have succumbed to telling us, in boisterous and sometimes very rude voices, how they will […]