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The Power of TED (*The Empowerment Dynamic)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  750 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Witness one person's transformation from Victim to Creator in this easy-to-read fable! Meet three remarkable characters: TED*, mysterious teacher of The Empowerment Dynamic; David, a normal guy grappling with his all-too-human experience; and Sophia, TED*'s student who shares what she has learned. It's a walk on the beach that will touch and transform every part of your li ...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Polaris Publishing Group (first published October 1st 2005)
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Brian Johnson
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Your life is a kind of laboratory where you’re constantly experimenting with your own higher knowing, always increasing your capacity to design the life you choose. Human beings must create; it’s hardwired. The question is, are you consciously creating or only sleepwalking through your human life?”

“When you inhabit any of these three roles, you’re reacting to fear of victimhood, loss of control, or loss of purpose. You’re always looking outside yourself, to the people and circumstances of life
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This little book is truly a gem and was recommended to me at a point where I felt I really needed some enlightenment and reassurance to take charge of my own life. To once again continue going after all it is that I really want. Although the concepts explained are simplistic and seem like common sense, it was carefully organized to help me think clearer on my present situation and take in what I need to in terms of empowering myself as a person. I have been through many situations that have made ...more
Terri Shannon-Renfro
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Be forewarned this book is written in a narrative style. In the beginning I kept expecting them to reveal someone as an angel or alien! Yes I guess a story format makes it more interesting to the casual reader. At times I wish I could have had a cliff notes or outline format to cut to the chase. The principles were so powerful and I'd been introduced to them in short form not narrative and really wanted to cement them in my memory and the story packed a lot of words around the ...more
Taylor Ellwood
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, psychology
In this intriguing book, The author explores the Drama triangle that many people find themselves in and offers an alternative, The Empowerment Dynamic. He shows how the drama triangle disempowers people and creates a lot of drama because of the conflict generated in it. With the Empowerment Dynamic, the author shows you how to claim the role of creator and change your relationship with yourself and other people by choosing how you approach situations. I found this book to be insightful in terms ...more
Amanda McLellan
Quick read, good message

Good message told in a bit of a gimmicky parable. People who identify as spiritual may enjoy very much. Worth a read, but I wouldn’t expect miracles.
Larry McCloskey
Nov 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Empowerment Dynamic is about taking ownership of your life, specifically through the way you frame your life and your focus. So the book is a bit derivative – this isn’t a groundbreaking concept. But David Emerald’s work has captured the imagination of many – and frankly, I don’t see why.

The author offers this book as “part autobiography and part fiction”. That isn’t typically what I look for in a self-help book. Instead of introducing a new paradigm for visualizing success or happiness in
Cerisa Reynolds
There are people in my life that have found this to be a transformative book/dynamic, but for me, the "part autobiography and part fiction" approach the author took minimized some of the dynamic's power. I would have preferred less fiction and more details of how one can actually implement the creator approach.
Dawn Ellis
Jan 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I continue to read these silly things-except managers seem to be into this nonsense.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Game changer.
Lisa Hallman
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot to think about after reading the power of TED.

Ted in this book is a person and a reference to what David Emerald calls The Empowerment Dynamic. This book challenges how we view what happens in our life and helps us change how we react by changing how we perceive the events and people in our lives.

Mostly the focus is on how we can stop viewing ourselves as victims and convert ourselves to creators. The drama triangle contains three types behaviors, victim, rescuer and persecutor.

Francoise Hontoy
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this story Emerald describes how the main actor David learns to create a turnaround in his behavior and thus his way of life. The method used is based on the Drama Triangle first described by Stephen Karpman and puts it into a perspective of a an empowerment triangle. His use of the DDT (Dreaded Drama Triangle) makes the Drama Triangle easily applicable to everyday life without the need of an in depth understanding of Transactional Analysis (even if it remains useful) and disconnects the tria ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This handy manual is written as a story of a man who encounters Ted (and later Sophia) along the beach. He's in a full-blown life crisis, and Ted explains the concept of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic), which is the antidote to the DDT (Dreaded Drama Triangle). Unfortunately, many of us go through life as victims rather than creators. This book explains these concepts thoroughly, and encourages us to examine how we might shift our thinking to improve our relationships, careers, and everything else ...more
Rick Yvanovich
On my coaching journey I look out for ideas / concepts that are new to me. Since I'm at the start of my journey and know little there is a lot to learn. Last week I was reading a book on VUCA and that's where I came across some new coaching concepts such as Equine Coaching and of course TED* - yes its a clever name as its not about the TED talks but something else as impactful.
I'd never heard about the Power of TED* nor the DDT and its a great discovery and I wonder why its not more popularly kn
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1.5 stars rounded down. I hated the fable format of this book. It felt shallowly executed yet also too verbose. There are a few good ideas in this book (thus the 1/2 star), but they are better written in MANY other books. I skimmed to the end to finish reading for a bookclub.
Tara Lofley
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
My husband and I read this book out loud together so we could apply the principles together. We've had fun joking around about turning all things into acronyms. And the information contained in the book really is brief enough I believe it could easily fit in a 10 page pamphlet. But my husband liked the beach scenario.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This little book can be a life changer. It is simply written in parable style, a quick read, and teaches deep perspective changing concepts. The writing style is very basic, by the message is inspiring and powerful.
Joy Carter
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read and surely had a lot of insight in just a few pages. I enjoyed the challenges that are given throughout and plan to try and implement them in daily life. This will be a good book to refer back to occasionally.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book written as a fable

I think more people need to read this as there are interesting facts about where a victim/rescuer/persecutor pose can take you; I also think that a few know about this types of acting/reacting
Lyndsay Cavanagh
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yoga-training
One of the first lessons in our yoga training explained how we get caught up in the dreaded drama triangle. This book helped me better understand how you make the shift into the empowerment dynamic. Now the real work begins...
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simple but powerful and practical concept. You're able to apply the basic principles before you even finish it. I appreciated the concepts being posed in a visual story instead of the typical over-zealous "manifest your dreams" bla bla.
Xiao Shi
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The content is good, but it's sufficient to read the summary in the appendix.
Nancy Lewis
Good stuff here, but it's overshadowed by the commercialized presentation.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic self help book to lift one out of the “drama” almost instantly if followed, or at least makes one self-aware of the corruption of personal drama!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read. Reframes life a strife in a powerful, down-to-earth way that is easy to understand and implement with enormous potential. Quick read.
Alan Barber
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a fast read but with a powerful message about how you can interact in the world.
Barnabas Mboweni
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Found it a very useful book
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
It was good information, but not life changing. I liked his illustrations and it will help refocus some of my thoughts in the future.
Natalie Fluckiger
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now to apply it....great book. I love how he used stories. I was enlighted and feel like he is spot on in his assessments.
Laura Kiely
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book really hit the mark. An excellent way to approach and navigate relationship dynamics. It's worth a second read.
Emily Matthys bennett
This book was amazing! I realize it is difficult to find, but I suggest it to anyone who would like to find greater meaning in their struggles. I bought this for Kindle and it was well worth it!
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