My mother’s love life was an interesting affair. It always had a strong pull on me, always made me very upset, and led to most, if not all, of the problems in our relationship. The way she treated relationships probably had a profound effect on how I would later go about attaining and maintaining relationships. My fear of hurting people the way my mother hurt me led me to stick in toxic relationships longer than I needed to, and led me to never hop into a casual or short term engagement.