Dating advice for grad students
Most of the people you get involved with will fall far short of this full-blown personality disorder, but there are definitely people out there who have unjustifiably high self-esteem, and they are terrible relationship risks.
Recently I wrote about the Principle of Least Interest. They continuously seek to demonstrate that they care less than the other party, thereby claiming the upper hand.
These parents often don’t charge their kids as much as they would pay in rent if they lived on their own, but they do make them pay something.
My own mom was like this when I moved in for two years between undergraduate and graduate school, and I didn’t mind paying the $200 in rent she charged because I knew her money was tight, and I knew I couldn’t live somewhere else that cheaply.
Meanwhile, I had $20,000 in student loans to pay off.