The Drama Triangle, described is like pernicious game routinely played in the workplace. This dynamic model of social interaction consists of three classic personalities – victim, persecutor, and saviour stuck in an endless loop of conflict and role flipping with no resolution. They have the following characteristics in Transaktionsanalyse:
- The prosecutor: The antagonist of the story, they will be dominating, repressive, critical, and superior, whose authority is manifested via aggressiveness.
- The victim: The helpless and mistreated underdogs who lack confidence and power and are unable to make decisions, solve issues, or enjoy life. Victims unconsciously seek for persecutors and rescues in order to absolve themselves of failure. The latter save the day, but they prolong the victims’ sense of powerlessness.
- The saviour: The traditional hero is an enabler who feels terrible if they do not come to the saviour. Saviours appreciate being needed by others, but their activities are essentially an avoidance of their own difficulties, and their interventions are more like band-aids than long-term remedies.
The saviour makes every effort to save everyone in the Drama Dreieck. In this case, Dad enters into the house in a terrible mood and rants at his wife, but this time the child attempts to intervene and save mom. Perhaps he attempts to divert Dad’s attention away from the problem by doing something naughty. Here, a 5-year-old may take on the position of saviour in the family, attempting to save everyone. Underneath, though, the kid is the Victim.