Figure 1: The Drama Triangle: Victim, Persecutor, Rescuer
The focus of Figure 1 is the Drama Triangle, consisting of three habitual roles of the separate self: Victim, Persecutor, and Rescuer. The Victim sees themselves as helpless and oppressed; the Persecutor uses control, criticism and blame; and the Rescuer comes to the rescue of the victim, thereby keeping them dependent. People typically unconsciously shift between all three of these roles, and find others to play the corresponding roles when we are adopting any one them. The Drama Triangle roles both result from and perpetuate separation, anxiety, energy loss, right/wrong thinking, blame, criticism, complaint, guilt, and shame. Looking only at the Drama Triangle offers a “problem orientation”, diagnosing “what is wrong” with the roles people unconsciously adopt.
Figure 2: Contrasting the Drama Triangle and the Empowerment Triangle
Figure 2 contrasts the Empowerment Triangle with the Drama Triangle, consisting of the shift from the Victim to the Creator, the Persecutor to the Challenger, and the Rescuer to the Supporter. The Creator is self-responsible and takes creative action to care for their own needs; the Challenger uses discernment in supporting other people’s growth and highest good in ways that the person is able to receive at that time; the Supporter offers their compassionate presence to other people to support their self-discovery and self-empowerment. The Empowerment Triangle result from and contribute to a consciousness of presence, oneness, aliveness, authenticity, and empathy. Figure 2 distinguishes between “problem” and “solution”, or “unconscious” and “conscious” roles, offering a more expansive perspective on humanity than the Drama Triangle alone, though still rooted in a form of separation.