Relationship

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Signs That You Are in a Parasitic Relationship

In science, much like human relationships, a parasitic relationship benefits one partner and hurts the host. In nature, the tick attaches itself to the wolf and lives on it as a parasite; possibly hurting...

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...

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...

Mutual Pathology: Gasoline and Fire

Pathology is a mental health issue, not a gender issue. Women have just as much pathology in some areas of personality disorders, as men do in other areas of personality disorders. Some of the...