The Drama Triangle: Dysfunctional Relationship Patterns


United States Department of Homeland Security

Key Points

  1. The drama triangle is a dysfunctional pattern in relationships and involves iterations of the victim, rescuer, and abuser roles.
  2. In many situations, the roles of victim, rescuer, and abuser are just roles that people play.
  3. These roles are a matter of perspective.
  4. It is possible to play more than one role at once.
  5. These three roles perpetuate conflict.
  6. This is an opportunity to act opposite.
  7. Creators have options, coaches empower people, and challengers confront without hurting.
  8. This is referred to as the assertiveness cycle.

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