The Power of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic)

Have you ever heard of The Dreaded Drama Triangle? Well here’s a quick history lesson. In the late 1960’s Dr. Stephen Karpman described three human characteristics that will no doubt sound familiar – the Victim, Persecutor and Rescuer. Karpman explained how these roles were made up by the ego to manage fear and anxiety.

Fast forward to 2005 and David Emerald releases his book, The Power of TED. Emerald believes when you move from a victim mindset to a creator mindset you can transform your life, which is where the real power of TED comes in.

TED – The Empowerment Dynamic – is like the next level up from, as Emerald describes it, The Dreaded Drama Triangle. It challenges your way of thinking so you don’t get buried in what’s happening to you or caught up in how others treat you. Instead of being a Victim, Persecutor or Rescuer, Emerald presents the opposites of these which he labels, the Creator, the Challenge and the Coach. Emerald’s introduction to empowerment came from a very personal epiphany.

“The epiphany,” he says, “Was how much I had lived my life from a victim orientation. As I surrendered to that victim way of being in the world, I asked the silence, ‘What’s the opposite of victim?’ And what I immediately got back was the word, Creator.”

I’m the first to admit I often get triggered by other people’s behaviour. What I love about this book is that it helps you identify your thinking and shows you how to overcome it in a positive way so you can take a proactive approach. When we delete drama, we can make real shifts which can transform your life.

The Power of TED is a great precursor to The Money Magic (link to review) and will help you choose empowering responses to everyday situations.

Great for: Individuals who want to escape everyday drama and move to a more resourceful and creative way of living.

Book review by Nick Girle.

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