Symbiotic Relationships

Symbiotic relationships describe the biological interactions between different animal and plant species.

The definition of Symbiosis according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

... the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms(as in parasitism or commensalism); especially: mutualism

Five common types of symbiotic relationships:

  • Mutualism - both organisms benefits.
  • Commensalism - One organism benefits, and the other is not affected in any manner.
  • Parasitism - One organism benefits, and the other is harmed.
  • Competition - Neither species benefits.
  • Neutralism - Both species are unaffected.

  • You might wonder what all this has to do with human relationships and more specifically ... broken relationships?

    Well ... symbiosis has been used to describe the types of connections humans have with one another.

    And if you're used to thinking outside of the box, take a short journey with me as I apply certain types of symbiotic relationships to love and relationships. If you study plants and animals, you will find that humans have a lot in common with both species.

    A cat licks itself ... a baby sucks her finger! These are natural instincts that don't have to be taught.

    Birds of a feather flock together ... much like humans!

    Newborns need the physical comfort of their mothers at birth ... and so do puppies! Again, this occurs naturally!

    Plants die and are reborn ... There are many deaths that occur in the life of a human being, as well as rebirths!

    The Symbiotic Relationships of Humans:

  • A mutual relationship between a man and a woman is one whereby both parties are equally involved in the care and support of one another. They both benefit (mutualism).

  • When I think of commensalism, I'm reminded of the father and child type relationship.

    The child derives a benefit from the father being in the home (close proximity), but the father is not affected in any positive or negative way by the kids presence.

    The father has a detached association whereby the kid has an attachment to the father that is fed, although minimally, by his presence alone.

  • A parasitic partnership is the abuse/victim partnership ... the John Doe/Prostitue partnership ... or on a larger scale, the male/female disparities that exist on this planet. One benefits and the other is harmed.

  • Competitive partnership, in my out of the box thinking, is the relationship of two individuals who don't give or take but coexist in a state of indifference. There is a lack of care or concern for either party, by either party.

  • Neutralism ... both species are unaffected. This is very rare in relation to humans because feeding off our environment (energy) is a natural human process!

  • Your energy is heighten or depleted by the company you keep.

    This is a unique way of looking at the types of connections we have with one another. As humans, we "live with" each other on a small piece of the planet.

    We are not robots who have been given a part to play in a movie. THIS LIFE IS REAL! You have a choice!

    To be affected ... you will. And to affect ... you will. How you choose to affect your world will bebased on your true intentions!

    Types of symbiotic relationships in plant and animal life

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