The Drama Triangle is a powerful piece of theory I often think about with clients during counselling sessions. It was devised by psychotherapist Stephen Karpman in the 1960s. Each corner of the triangle represents a role we can sometimes fall into: Persecutor, Victim and Rescuer. They are written with capital letters because they areContinue reading “Persecutor, Victim or Rescuer: Can you relate to the Drama Triangle?”
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Burnout: three tips on how to avoid it
A journalist asked me recently to comment on the subject of stress and burnout among frontline NHS workers during the pandemic. It got me thinking about burnout more generally. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. In these uncertain and unsettling times, I’ve seen a huge amountContinue reading “Burnout: three tips on how to avoid it”
Perfectionist or Pleaser? Five traits that can hold us back
We’ve probably all heard of someone described as a “perfectionist”, but perhaps we’ve not thought more about what this means, or why some people are this way. There are some helpful theories in Transactional Analysis—a style of counselling and psychotherapy—that examine this urge to be perfect, as well as some other common tendencies. In TA,Continue reading “Perfectionist or Pleaser? Five traits that can hold us back”
How can Transactional Analysis help us better understand how we think, feel and behave?
Transactional Analysis. It sounds a bit strange and complicated, but it’s basically a style of psychotherapy and counselling which has some very simple and useful concepts to help us better understand our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. TA was founded by Eric Berne in the 1950s. He wanted to create more equality between psychoanalyst and patientContinue reading “How can Transactional Analysis help us better understand how we think, feel and behave?”