The Empowerment Triangle

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 the drama triangle and to living life as a Victim. TED* inspires the realization that choice can lead to a positive approach to life’s challenges.



TED Triangle 2019

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 CreatorChallenger 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.


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. The role of Challenger is the alternative to the drama triangle role of Persecutor.


Coach compassion and questions to help a Creator develop a vision and action plan. A Coach provides encouragement and support, in place of “rescuing” actions. The role of coach is the alternative to the drama triangle role of Rescuer.

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