Drama. Who needs it?
Apparently, more people than we realize.
The Karpman Drama Triangle is a model of how some humans interact. There are three basic scripts.
Victim: This actor is the pivot man. In my experience the Victim will often push scripts onto the other two, sometimes unwilling, actors.
Persecutor: Can't have a victim without a villain. All of that PC stuff is useful for creating villains out of innocent dupes just minding their own business.
The last thing somebody addicted to drama wants is for people to mind their own business.
Rescuer: There is no profit in being a victim if there is not a rescuer to stripmine resources from. It is often difficult to see what benefit the Rescuer accrues from Drama. It is usually a sense of power or agency that may be missing in 'real life'.
How many counsellors does it take to change a light bulb? One, but it has to want to change.
Other scripts only work when the actors want to change.
Victim can be reworked into "vulnerable, developing problem solving skills"
Persecutor can be reworked into "assertive but not punishing"
Rescuer can be reworked into "caring but not over-reaching and growth stifling"
Another parallel mapping that is sometimes proposed is
Victim can become "a creator who is outcome oriented and takes responsibility for their actions and decisions. Key question, 'Was I effective?'
Persecutor can become "a challenger who clarifies the creator's assumptions and goals and helps them stay focused."
Rescuer can become "a coach who asks the creator questions as a way to create a trail of bread-crumbs that lead to the creator solving their own problems."
Social Media's primary function seems to be to create drama.
Drama creates victims, persecutors and rescuers.
You just have to shake your head when you hear that a simple reminder to pick up your dog's poop generates 327 comments on a neighborhood Facebook group and results in five families feuding.