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Triangulation, in trigonometry and geometry, is the process of determining the location of a point by forming triangles to it from known points.

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In episode 108.21, Vance asks for a triangulation order to help him and Ben find the location of the missing passengers. He may have, however, raised a red flag by not attaching it to a project when asked for a file number.


In psychology, triangulation is a manipulation tactic where one person will not communicate directly with another person, instead using a third person to relay communication to the second, thus forming a triangle. It is a form of splitting in which one person manipulates a relationship between two parties by controlling communication between them. Triangulation does not always include another person. A person can be triangulated with alcohol, porn, gambling, and other objects or activities.

In the series, numerous types of triangulation occur which come to the forefront in episode 108.21. As Metacrone points out:1

  • Grace and Ben return to their pre-828 routine of Friday night date nights,
  • Jared and Lourdes decide to stick with their plans to start a family.

Both marriages are weakened by lies and deceptions. Jared and Ben each have a connection with someone other than their wives, and they both have ongoing involvements they haven’t mentioned to them. (i.e. Ben with all the spying he is doing to save Cal, and Jared with helping Michaela). This is a form of triangulation.

VIDEO: Narcissists Triangulation

The Royal We
Published on Mar 23, 2018

Narcissists use triangulation with or without malicious intent. Sometimes its to gain sympathy, and other times its to cause rivalry. In this video I talk about this and what triangulation tells us about the narcissists, about you and about the third person or third party involved.

  1. Metacrone at

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triangulation (Wikipedia)

In trigonometry and geometry, triangulation is the process of determining the location of a point by forming triangles to it from known points.

Specifically in surveying, triangulation per se involves only angle measurements, rather than measuring distances to the point directly as in trilateration; the use of both angles and distance measurements is referred to as triangulateration.

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