Triangling

Psychology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Defines its use in family systems theory; how it functions in therapy sessions.

Family systems theory argues that interlocking triangles make up the relationship system in families and other groups. Triangling is an emotional process used by people in relationships to deal with anxiety and emotional reactivity. The triangle is the smallest stable relationship unit of an emotional system and it describes the dynamics of a three-person system. Anxiety is the major influence on the activity of a triangle. When anxiety is low, a relationship between two people can be calm and comfortable. However, high levels of anxiety caused by internal and external emotional forces disturb the equilibrium of the relationship. When the level of anxiety in a relationship increases, a third person usually becomes involved in the tension of the two …


Leave a Reply