Mock-up of book "The Karpman Drama Triangle Explained" by Chris West

The Karpman Drama Triangle Explained

The Karpman Drama Triangle Explained

The Karpman Drama Triangle models the connection between personal responsibility and power in conflicts, and the destructive and shifting roles people play. Chris West  defined three roles in the conflict; Persecutor, Rescuer and Victim.

The Karpman Drama Triangle

How do people get trapped in playing roles: Victim. Persecutor or Rescuer? And why do we lure other people into playing these roles, and even ‘switch’ them from one role to another? This is painful and puzzling at a conscious level. Why do we do it, then and how can we stop? How can we protect ourselves from this stuff? Can we make the world a nicer place by stopping ourselves and others from acting out in this way?

The first part of this bestselling book explains how the roles get learnt and how we turn them into ‘Drama’. The second part looks at ways of solving this problem. This book is a practical primer for living a happier, more sociable, more truthful life, based on a model that is widely used in coaching, management training and therapy. But because it is still not nearly as widely understood at it should be, Chris explains it all in his book.

About the Author

Chris West, born in 1954, embarked on a diverse journey from boarding school to the City of London, and eventually found his true calling as a writer. Starting as a musician, he transitioned into marketing and co-authored the successful “The Beermat Entrepreneur.” Passionate about entrepreneurship, he emphasized that it’s a spark within, not a teachable skill.

His writing journey began in China in 1986, leading to novels set in modern China. Transitioning to non-fiction, he explored the world of stamps with ‘First Class’ and delved into European history with ‘Eurovision! A History of Modern Europe through the World’s Greatest Song Contest.’ His interest in psychology led to the exploration of the Karpman Drama Triangle in his book.

Beyond writing, Chris West has contributed to various genres, including ghostwriting, co-authoring, and crafting comic novellas. Each work reflects his multifaceted experiences, showcasing a blend of wit, insight, and a unique storytelling perspective.

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