Shift from the Dreaded Drama Triangle to *The Empowerment Dynamic
TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) is a positive alternative to the Drama Triangle, which was first described by Stephen Karpman, MD. The Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT)™ is comprised of three roles: Victim (the primary role), Persecutor (which the Victim blames for their suffering); and the Rescuer (who steps in to try and take away the Victim’s suffering). People shift in and out of all three roles in this Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT).
TED* is *The Empowerment Dynamic – a set of relationships or roles that offer an alternative to living life as a Victim, and inspire the realization that choice can lead to a positive approach to life’s challenges.
In David Emerald’s simple yet engaging book, The Power of TED*, three characters have a life-changing conversation on a beach. What emerges from this illustrated teaching story is an empowered and resourceful way of thinking, relating and living that increases our ability to create outcomes and to make choices – whatever our circumstances.
The TED* Empowerment Roles
Reconnecting to our dreams and desires, and taking action toward those outcomes requires a shift in mindset for most people. When “Shifts Happen” and you move into a Creator, Challenger or Coach role, greater awareness and options become available to you.
- Creator— is the central role in TED*(*The Empowerment Dynamic), which taps into an inner state of passion. Directed by intention, a Creator is focused on a desired outcome, propelling the person to take Baby Steps toward what they want to create. A Creator also owns their ability to choose their response to life circumstances. (Watch David’s video on the Creator Role in TED*)
- Challenger— is focused on learning and growth, holding a Creator accountable while encouraging learning, action, and next steps. A Challenger consciously builds others up, as a positive alternative to putting someone down by criticizing, blaming, or controlling. (Watch David’s video on the Challenger Role in TED*)
- Coach—uses compassion and questions to help a Creator develop a vision and action plan. A Coach provides encouragement and support, in place of “rescuing” actions. (Watch David’s video on the Coach Role in TED*)