Are your relationships healthy?

 Are your relationships healthy?I took this picture as I was walking through the park because I thought it epitomised the different types of relationships that we have in our lives.

The relationship is called a symbiotic relationship and there are 3 types – Mutualistic, Commensal or Parasitic.

Mutualism is a biological interaction between two organisms, where each individual derives a fitness benefit (i.e. increased survivorship).

Commensalism describes a relationship between two living organisms where one benefits and the other is not significantly harmed or helped.

A parasitic relationship is one in which one member of the association benefits while the other is harmed

Have a close look at each relationship in your life and see which category it falls in to. 

If it’s mutualistic then you know that it is a healthy, flourishing and mutually beneficial relationship.

If it’s commensual then look at what benefit you may be giving to or getting from another. See that the party that is giving is aware of the blessing they are being to the receiver. This type of relationship is good for a specific period of time so that the receiver is able to gain strength from the giver until they’re again able to make the relationship of mutual benefit.

If it’s a parasitic relationship, then you need to look very carefully at one of two options to redress the balance. Either it is commensual for a while and then mutual, or you need to end the relationship because harm is being caused to both the giver and the receiver.

Action Point

So, how do your relationships look? Make a point of keeping them, and thus yourself, healthy.

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