Triangulation Psychology

Triangulation in romantic relationships can lead to problems in relationships, and the individual members of the triangulated relationship may experience stress, anxiety, or other mental health concerns as a result of the triangulation. When a person feels like he or she has been pushed out of an important relationship by a third party, for example, he or she may often feel angry, confused, or rejected and may experience depression or resentment. Furthermore, when tension and focus are shifted to a third person, that person may feel burdened and frustrated and may attempt to withdraw from the relationship altogether.

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Triangulation occurs between three entities:

1. The victim: This is the person who has a victim complex and will try to give a subdued vibe. The person may be a victim or they may not, but either way, they are the person who makes the triangle. They tell others they are a victim, generate a sense of empathy from others, and thus generate the triangle.

2. The manipulator: This is the second member of this relationship, their actions cause the victim to feel subdued.

3. The third participant: This is someone who is either in or out of the triangle. They are the ones who are the savior of the victim.