Excerpt About Mental Relationships
These are the basic mental relationships, and they are dependent on the basic perception of the other. Depending on what kind of object the other is, you become the corresponding person relating to that object. Most human relationships that are conflictual, that cause suffering, fall into one of these three categories of mental relationships. Also, if you investigate this issue of your relationships, you realize that those mental relationships are the source and the site of most of your emotional suffering. Most human suffering comes as a result of these mental relationships. There are other sources of suffering, but the primary source of emotional suffering is engaging in those mental relationships.