Loop of Doom

Loop of Doom

This is a perfect demonstration of the Loop of Doom. In this scene, both Lilo and her older sister are outside their emotional comfort zone and acting out toward one another. As the emotional reactions of each progressively escalate, the conflict reaches a breaking point, at which point separation and disconnect occur. Although this dynamic unfolds here very rapidly, in real life, Loop of Doom scenarios can endure for much longer periods of time–sometimes as long as an hour–following this same trajectory of escalation culminating in abrupt, sometimes violent acts of separation. When participants eventually reunite, they will do so with greater emotional distance between them than that which existed prior to the encounter.

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