The drama triangle and asking for your needs

I believe that transformation in psychotherapy is when insight is achieved into one’s historical ways of operating in the world, that are not serving well, and personal qualities are harnessed to bring about change and a different way of behaving with other individuals. Therapists from different modalities will often seek to accuntuate the theoretical differences between each other and point to their own particular (and unique) training but ultimately, however, I believe we are all behaviourists. After all, we are all trying to help our clients to bring about changes in their behaviour so that they can enjoy more effective relationships – whether that is in their personal, family or business lives.

Stephen Karpman, a student of Berne’s Transactional Analysis, coined the term ‘drama triangle’ when he outlined the roles of persecutor, rescuer and victim. My latest article is on the drama triangle and asking for your needs so that you can avoid the victim role.

For more information and background on the drama triangle see this video below: