This 2-day course is open to all. We will explore the nature of our Soul, Power & Vision in relation to the Drama Triangle. If you recognise these archetypes in your life, this course can help you to understand, heal and move forward from the binds of Drama.
First described by Dr. Stephen Karpman in the late 1960’s, the Drama Triangle roles of Victim, Perpetrator, and Saviour, and their interplay describe the most common strategies human beings use to manage their fear and anxiety.
All three of the roles or archetypes focus on what they don’t want or don’t like. Each role also sees the others as problems to react to.
The stance of the victim is “poor me!” Victims see themselves as victimised, oppressed, powerless, helpless, hopeless, dejected, and ashamed, and come across as “super-sensitive,” wanting special treatment from others. They deny any responsibility for their negative circumstances and deny possession of the power to change those circumstances.
A person in the victim role will demand a saviour and if someone refuses or fails to step into that role, can quickly perceive them as a Perpetrator.
Victims have real difficulties making decisions, solving problems, finding much pleasure in life, or understanding their self-perpetuating behaviours.
The stance of the saviour is “Let me help you!” Saviours work hard to help and caretake other people, usually need to help other people to feel good about themselves, while simultaneously neglecting themselves and not taking responsibility for meeting their own needs.
Saviours are classically co-dependent and enablers. They need victims to help and often dis-empower the victim. They can use guilt to keep their victims dependent and feel guilty themselves if they are not saving somebody. They often create victims in their need to save others.
Saviours are frequently harried, overworked, tired, caught in a martyr style while resentment festers underneath.
The stance of the Perpetrator is “It’s all your fault!” Perpetrators criticize and blame the victim, set strict limits, can be controlling, rigid, authoritative, angry and unpleasant. They keep the victim feeling oppressed and dis-empowered through threats and bullying.
Perpetrators can’t bend, can’t be flexible, can’t be vulnerable, can’t be human; they often fear the risk of being a victim themselves. Perpetrators yell and criticise but they don’t actually solve any problems or support anyone else to solve the problem.
These are the most extreme versions of these three roles, but we can encounter people playing milder versions of these roles on a regular basis.
The key to escaping the drama triangle is to recognise what archetype/s you embody and then to see your role in a different light. Through guided Shamanic work we will explore and release ourselves from the binds of Drama and redefine our place in the world. We will work to restore Soul & Power and create a new Vision for our lives.
This course is appropriate for complete beginners to Shamanism and also those with more experience.
Packed Lunch (there are no shops close by)
Yoga mat (I have a few spare)
Pillow & Blanket
Notepad & Pen