Feeling Rejected? Look For the Triangles

The relationship pattern that’s causing you stress

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  • Your boss is praising a co-worker.
  • Your kid wants the other parent to help them.
  • Your friends are hanging out without you.
  • Your in-laws are visiting.
  • Your siblings disagree with you.
  • One of your parents has started dating again.
  • Your adult children want to get together without you.
  • Your friends are laughing about an inside joke.
  • One parent seems closer to another sibling.
  • How did I react, and what was the result?
  • Is there a more thoughtful way of responding when I am on the outside?

Kathleen Smith is a therapist and author of the book Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down.

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