Potential vs. Consciences

moral conflict for Success

In a conflict for Success, both characters want to profit from the other, but don’t dare to play fairly, because they believe success is about winning and losing. But true success is a deal, that meets everybody's expectations. It is about what can go on, and what needs to stop, when two people are engaging to one another. Two individual ways join and need to find a new shared way that works for both. Can they admit their flaws + compromise?
SELBSTBESTIMMUNG TOLERANZ KONTROLLE IDENTITÄT ÜBERLEBEN ERFOLG innerer Konflikt – STATUS innerer Konflikt – Wahrheit innerer Konflikt – Macht innerer Konflikt – Frieden


both want
+ Justice


Win a Game, Be Admired, Be
Better or Unbeatable, Dominate



to get back what
he thinks, he deserves






Find Love or a Home, Be liked
Be believed in, Be equal



to prove that he is Right,
Innocent or Better
fearsWeakness / Punishment
avoidsMistakes, Risks

take risks
trust others
be dependent
make mistakes

Judgment / Rejectionfears
Commitment, Relationshipavoids

accept being rejected
take final decisions
show helplessness

The Judge wants something that doesn’t exist: that the Cheater becomes like him, but stays inferior to him. The Cheater wants what the Judge has, but he doesn’t think he got what it takes, so he has to cheat.
Ambition blocks Congeniality The Judge wants to live up to his own high expectations, to keep the upper hand and prove his opponent inferior. Success for him means getting confirmation for his own ways and being believed in when judging others. Both want to win a game against the other,
but are not willing to play fair.
Individualism blocks Mastery The Cheater wants to overcome his self-doubt by winning against a superior opponent, prove him wrong and thus show to not be inferior, gain power and improve the self-worth of his individualistic character.
Both characters want to engage with one another. But both are reluctant to do so. Both want absolute success, meaning both want to get something from the other without giving back. They want the other to comply, without changing their own ways.
SUCCESS Redemption + Serving "Justice" The Judge wants his opponent to comply, commit, and agree to his terms. He wants to change him by proving him wrong. BOTH WANT
SUCCESS Gain Power + Self-Worth The Cheater wants to take advantage of his opponent without committing; consent is optional.
Although they feel that there is something wrong with what they want, both pretend their ways are right and their motivation thus is merely to bring back justice: The Judge thinks he is better than the Cheater and wants to prove this to him by rejecting + punishing him and his ways. On the other hand the Cheater himself thinks, he actually is inferior but wants to prove the Judge wrong anyway. So he never gives in + lies or cheats his way back to success, if he has to.
JUSTICE universal + moral The Judge thinks he knows what’s fair + what’s not. Success should come from honest efforts and everyone should get what they deserve. BOTH BELIEVE THEY NEED
JUSTICE individual + unfair The Cheater thinks life is unfair and sees himself as disadvantaged. Everybody has to look out for himself. Whatever works to profit him is justified.
They want to teach each other a moral lesson of how to succeed. Both play a game. They don’t want to commit or show weakness to each other, because they think that would mean they would somehow lose. Only if they win, they could engage in a committed relationship. But true success is about meeting someone else’s expectations while staying true to yourself. Neither can one change oneself nor others to make a relationship work.