Triangulation is another trick of Narcissistic Mothers.
It involves creating a situation where two or more people, e.g. siblings, do not relate
directly to each other, but mostly relate via the mother. This leaves her at the centre of the web.
This triangulation gives the mother lots of power, of course, and means that she controls the
flow of information, the interpretation of that information,
and the nuances of it.
It also means that she gets lots of Narcissistic Supply from
it because everybody is relating to her, rather than to each other and cutting her out of the loop.
It can be easy to put siblings into a triangulation situation. She has possibly already divided
them by making one a Golden Child and the other a Scapegoat.
She'll say things like, "Oh, your sister was asking how you were. I told her you were fine, but
that Jimmy's having trouble in school."
And you, well-trained, might say, "That's nice of her to ask after me - do tell her I was asking
That's if it's benign. She might also say, "Sarah said you were looking fat". This of course will
make you upset with Sarah, and drive a wedge between you. And in the meantime she might be telling Sarah nasty
things that you ostensibly said, to finish the job. The narcissistic mother wants her children isolated. There is
strength in numbers, and she doesn't want you strong. Plus, if she's the only source of information, it makes her
feel important which is food and drink to a narcissist. For ways of combatting this, and other tricks the
narcissist plays, check out the Narcissistic Parent Survival Kit.
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