The Drama Triangle PART 1

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Whether we know it, or not, most of us react to life as victims.

  • Whenever we refuse to take responsibility for ourselves, we are unconsciously choosing to react as victim.

Whether we know it, or not, most of us react to life as victims.

  • Whenever we refuse to take responsibility for ourselves, we are unconsciously choosing to react as victim.

This inevitably creates feelings of anger, fear, guilt or inadequacy and leaves us feeling betrayed, or taken advantage of by others.

Victim-hood can be defined by the three positions beautifully outlined in a diagram developed by a well respected psychiatrist, and teacher of Transactional Analysis, named Stephen Karpman.

He calls it the “Drama Triangle,” I refer to it as the “Victim Triangle”.

I’ve sometimes referred to the victim triangle as a “shame generator” because through it we unconsciously re-enact painful life themes that create shame. This has the effect of reinforcing old, painful beliefs that keep us stuck in a limited version of reality.

I believe that every dysfunctional interaction, in relationship with other or self, takes place on the victim triangle.

But until we become conscious of these dynamics, we cannot transform them. And unless we transform them, we cannot move forward on our journey towards re-claiming emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

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The Drama Triangle PART 1

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