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Social networks: the forbidden triad.

The forbidden triad is one where there is a connection between A and B, there is a connection between A and C, but there is no connection between B and C.

There's a neat little explanation here.

I don't know why it's called a "forbidden" triad though.

I think some people are far more comfortable with forbidden triads than others, introverts in particular. And contrary to the experience of that writer, I can feel quite stressed by the ending of a forbidden triad. It can bring on a sense of social claustrophobia, a sense of loss of freedom. When I feel in control of my life, I don't have many forbidden triads, they are more a feature of uncertainty and troubled relationships.

People who are comfortable with a more compartmentalised life, for whatever reason.


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Dec. 1st, 2013 09:46 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I understand this ... what's the "triad" aspect come in? In both your description and the one you linked it sounds like the description is just saying that this person A has two friends who don't know each other. Doesn't everybody have at least one or two friends who don't know each other??? I have absolutely TONS of friends who don't know each other at all, have never met, etc.

Baffled Ricky is baffled .. do I need to read the book or can you explain without?
Dec. 1st, 2013 10:12 am (UTC)
Um, as for Ricky, this is normal for me. Has been for years. Even before I moved states a couple of times. I fairly often introduce people from different circles. I'm not trying to keep them separate. But neither do I expect everyone I know to be in one circle.
Dec. 1st, 2013 10:53 am (UTC)
All one's friends should know each other? And it's stressful if they don't? I don't think I get it.
Dec. 1st, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
Plenty of those in my life even before I moved to a different country, and I don't find them stressful at all. However, I also don't feel stressed if the forbidden triad ends.
Dec. 3rd, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
They should call it the necessary triad. Without it, however shall A vent about either B or C? Or plan surprises for them? Or stay social while spending time away from them? To have only one social circle would be incredibly stifling; of course not all my friends know each other.
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