Have you experienced a parasitic relationship? Do you recognized parasitic relationships?
Wikipedia defines parasite as an organism that has sustained contact with another organism to the detriment of the host organism.
As we grow older and evaluate our friendships and relationships one can ask if we know parasitic people? Maybe I'm thinking of a Norman Rockwell painting, a kinder-loving America.
Have any of you encountered a parasitic relationship? Have you had a previous relationship or current relationship where you are benefiting the other person at your own peril? Have you sat silent watching parasitic interaction? Any thoughts when it comes to parasites?
First of all, I would NEVER tolerate a parasitic relationship as I have witnessed it in others. I am the type of person who believe in having relationships on an equal parity. Each party has to be independent in & off himself/herself. If a person has a dependent, needy, victimology, &/or rescue me attitude, he/she can look elsewhere for a relationship.
Parasitic relationships exists everywhere, particularly in families. There are families who exist in a parasitic mode. Those supposedly weaker members prey on those who are stronger rather emotionally, psychologically, psychically, &/or socioeconomically. It does not behoove the so-called "weaker" members to do for themselves. They find it psychically easier to live off those who are successful.
Sadly, such behavior is so prevalent in large & very large families(6 and more children per family). The more successful members of large/very large families somehow have to support their laggard siblings who refuse to exert the necessary effort to be successful themselves. Many times those from large/very large families support siblings, putting their needs before their spouses, even their own children.
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