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The Drama Triangle and Mental Healthcare


Do you feel trapped in a life situation that isn't ideal for you, and feel emotionally manipulated to stay in it?


Take a look at The Drama Triangle to see how assuming the role of victim and blaming a villain for our suffering causes people to give away their power and need a HERO to save them.


We can also look at the medical approach to mental health through the eyes of The Drama Triangle.


In my observations, I have noticed that the medical approach to mental healthcare assumes a powerless patient who needs a doctor and prescription to save them.


The doctor always stays in the role of hero,

which fixes the brain of the patient in the villain role,

and the patient in the victim role.


As long as the patient keeps casting themselves in the victim role, they will never gain full self-autonomy over their wellbeing, and will always remain in a co-dependent relationship with a service provider, whether that is a medical practitioner, a therapist, or members of their family or community.


When we strive for wellbeing through personal empowerment, we seek to transcend the Drama Triangle entirely, and cease to fix anyone in the role of victim, villain or hero, including ourselves, the world, and other people. No, the world does not owe us. We have the option to make choices that serve ourselves and others at any time, and blaming someone else for our unhappiness is rarely, if ever, a self-honouring choice.


With no victim, no villain and no saviour, we realise that we are the sole creator of our own destiny. We can accept every moment and every situation as though we have hand-picked it from all possibilities, because in truth, we have. Each moment contains either a gift, or a gift in the form of a lesson.


The lesson of releasing blame by moving past the drama triangle comes up very frequently in the journey of wellbeing through personal empowerment!


How can you release blame and reclaim your power today?

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