Issendai gives us a list of rules on how to create a sick relationship or social system.
Rule 1: Keep them too busy to think.
Rule 2: Keep them tired
Rule 3: Keep them emotionally involved.
Rule 4: Reward intermittently
Keep the crises rolling.
Things will be better when…
Keep real rewards distant.
Establish one small semi-occasional success.
Chop up their time.
Enmesh your success with theirs.
Keep everything on the edge.