Throughout our lives, human beings go through different situations where power is present in different ways. The existence of these three roles in a group —victim, aggressor, rescuer— gives way to a typical structure that in Transactional Analysis is called ‘The Drama Triangle’ (or Power Triangle). This structure seems to be present in many groups and is also a constant in most people's lives. It is not rare for a person to have played all three of these roles in different situations. However, for most people it is easy to remember those occasions where they felt like powerless victims, and very difficult to think of any situation where they could have hurt somebody. Our tendency is to think that we don’t have any power. Leaving behind our 'victimism' is the first, foremost, and inescapable step in the process of personal empowerment. We have to change our attitude, learn to read our past in a different way, and develop a creative attitude towards life.
With a change in attitude, the ‘power triangle’ becomes the ‘discovering triangle’. The role of the aggressor, by becoming aware of his rank and learning to use it with transparency, turns into a real leader. The victim who becomes aware of her situation and begins to use her power with transparency transforms herself into a real leader: transforming her opposition and criticism into something useful and constructive. Finally, the rescuer who fills herself up with humbleness and compassion and offers her help with authenticity and transparency becomes a true facilitator, a coach, an elder.
Text by Sanja Spanja
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