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Respond or React?

Responding or reacting, that is the question! I’m going to suggest that we do both each and every day. Responding and reacting is something that I have tossed around for quite a few years. I find that there are traits that are polarizing and cause a big separation between the meaning of the two words. So as I was sitting in a session one day I wrote out these separating factors on the whiteboard. (see the picture to the right) This list is certainly not all-inclusive; there are many things that we do when we RESPOND and there are many things that we do when we REACT! Think about when we are driving in traffic and someone cuts us off

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Ineffective Responses to Conflict

The drama triangle (sometimes known as the victim triangle) is a model of dysfunctional social interaction, created by psychotherapist Stephen Karpman. The triangle consists of  three ineffective, passive-aggressive responses to conflict. Participants playing a role in a drama triangle create misery for themselves and for others by playing either the Victim Role, Rescuer Role, or the Persecutor Role. The three psychological roles (or roleplays) which people often take in a situation are as follows. VICTIM– The person who is treated as, or accepts the role of, a victim. The play the “poor pitiful me” role. They: Feel victimized, oppressed, helpless, hopeless, powerless, ashamed They deny responsibility for their negative circumstances, and deny that they possess the power to change those

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