Special Relationships are the opposite of Holy Relationships. They are designed to obstruct learning and prohibit questioning separation. Special relationships are designed by the ego to emphasize the individual over the Sonship, and to keep one’s focus on the meeting of personal needs. The special relationship always appears to address or fill a specific lack, yet it never fully succeeds. Special relationships ensure continued suffering by emphasizing differences and separate interests. They are fundamentally defensive in nature, rejecting the openness and acceptance of love in favor of fear.