Last week we started looking at games using the ideas suggested in Transactional Analysis. This week we will dig in a little further with another TA model called the “Drama Triangle” as developed by Karpman.
Games can be explored further by looking at what happens with a Drama Triangle. In transactional terms the interaction between people can be viewed almost as a theatrical performance. There are three main roles;
Players will circulate around the roles, until everyone has had a go at all three.
For example, in the case of a “Yes but..” game being played out between a coach and their client;
Client: Victim-like, sighs deeply and complains about an issue bothering them.
Coach: Interested in rescuing the client offers ideas and solutions. (clue here, coaches usually help people find their own solutions!)
Client: Still in victim points out why the ideas won’t work.
This goes on for several rounds, solutions are offered and then demolished.
Client: Moves into persecutor and complains that the counsellor is making stupid suggestions and wasting time.
Coach: Feels like a victim.
Coach: Moves into persecutor themselves and accuses the client of not wanting to solve their problems .
Both parties could now keep switching between persecutor and victim. At this point the Coach really needs to take themselves off to supervision for some help. The supervisor will hopefully stay out of the game and help the coach gain some perspective. Sadly sometimes the game continues as parrellel process in the supervision group!
This is just one version of how this particular game could progress. Next week we will look at how games can be stopped.