The Persecutor Role

The Persecutor Role in the DDT

The Persecutor Role in the DDT

Persecutor – The Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT)™

The Persecutor is the second role in the DDT, and is the opposite of TED*’s Challenger role. Persecutors can be either people or conditions (such as a health condition) or a situation (such as a natural disaster).

As persons, Persecutors usually have an underlying fear of their own victimization and, therefore, adopt various methods to control, protect and defend themselves in order to avoid becoming a Victim. They must win and convince others that they are right. They have little compassion for another perspective or way of doing things. Their universe has often been a chaotic, insecure place at some time in their early life, so they developed controlling life strategies to survive and minimize the uncertainty they feel.

A Persecutor’s identify and sense of self is on the line and they are compelled to fight for it. Hence the Persecutor represents the “fighter” in the fight, flight, freeze or please reactive mechanism. They focus on a sense of personal survival and worth by using their control to dominate a situation. A Persecutor’s thoughts are about how to stay “one-up” and they come up with creative strategies to “win the day”.

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