Passive-Aggressive Behavior: Why it happens, and why it wears so thin

The first recorded instance of passive-aggressive behavior took place shortly after the invention of fire. A man named Grog sat stoking the new fire, cackling with glee as he piled giant logs into the flames. Eventually, he'd created a raging inferno. Nearby, Thunk snarled at Grog for making the cave too hot. Annoyed, Grog hurled … Continue reading Passive-Aggressive Behavior: Why it happens, and why it wears so thin

The loss of family estates and the rise of existential dread

Picture this: You have an extended family of 20 close relatives. You all live together in one giant house. You tend your gardens together, cook your meals together, do your laundry together. All chores are shared. All expenses are shared. You will grow up and grow old here. Your career will be in one of … Continue reading The loss of family estates and the rise of existential dread

Are Transactional Relationships Bad?

Author's update: This post has been so tremendously popular that it inspired me to pen an additional book. The first book, Exhausted Wives, Bewildered Husbands, explores the misery of marriages which have become so saturated with resentment that they feel like endless secretive transactions and exploitation. If you're feeling unfulfilled and don't even remember what … Continue reading Are Transactional Relationships Bad?