- Fact: Next time you have the occasion to watch even 10 minutes of a soap opera, daytime or nighttime, see how long it takes you to recognize the plot line triangle being built on a secret coalition. Someone (husband #1) is talking to someone else (husband #2) about someone else (husband #3’s wife) – it’s so intriguing.
- Action: These soap operas have such widespread appeal and last so long on daytime, and now even nighttime TV, because they deal with a universal human challenge – managing emotional dynamics. These plot lines go on and on – for years. But so do our own plot lines. Here are some questions to ask yourself this week: Where are the soap operas in my life? What coalitions am I building to manage my emotional stress? How is that working for me? What can/should I do about these coalitions?
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