Relationship

Ways to Spot

By definition, a parasitic relationship is one in which an organism (parasite) lives off of another (host), causing the organism harm and potential death. It is easy to identify these kinds of relationships in...

Pairing Off: How to identify and avoid parasitic dating relationships

“Parasites are a lot like relationships,” my infectious disease professor said as he introduced the day’s topic. “There are relationships where both parties benefit: that’s mutualism. Then sometimes one person benefits and the other is...

How to Fix

Toxic relationships are tricky things because they rarely start out toxic. They usually start out nice and fun and exciting, giving you just enough happy memories to hold onto when the toxicity starts to...

HABITS MOST PEOPLE THINK ARE NORMAL

T here’s no class in high school on how to not be a shitty boyfriend or girlfriend. Sure, they teach us the biology of sex, the legality of marriage, and maybe we read a...

Toxic Relationship And It’s Ruining Your Life

It’s hard to see what’s best for yourself when you’re invested in a relationship. It’s not always easy to remember who you are and what you want. You can start to lose yourself and...

The Unspoken Rule of Reciprocity

There is an unspoken rule of reciprocity that people either a) respect and participate in, b) are oblivious to, or c) choose to ignore. It is arguable that the people in both group “b” and...

Subtle Signs

We all want to feel safe, loved, and happy in our romantic relationships, because isn't that the point? But sometimes red flags of a bad relationship aren’t glaringly obvious. Pay attention to these signs...

Relationships and the Importance of Reciprocity

Most of us do not consciously think about reciprocity in our intimate relationships. When we do, we might say, “Of course it is important.” Like the Golden Rule, we recognize it as a valuable...

Signs You’re in a Toxic Relationship

Relationship red flags Signs of a toxic relationship are sometimes easy to spot—blatant infidelity or physical violence, for example. But there can often be more subtle signs that something's just not right between you and...

Can Men and Women Be “Just Friends”?

I have previously published two articles on the "friend zone" - the area of mismatched romantic or sexual expectations between friends. In the first article, I shared some possible techniques to escape the friend...