Describes an element of a system that contributes to the system's instability. Addiction and codependence are dysfunctional elements in relationships. Dysfunction can be found in other spheres, of course: bureaucracy in industry and government, reproduction in overcrowded societies, etc.

Also a song by The Molly Bloom from the CD "TEMPORAREALITY". Lyrics by C. Casey. Note: I am personally acquainted with the author of this song, and I have obtained his permission to post the lyrics here. (Time permitting, I will add analysis as well at a later date.)
I've got a fragile mind
Just a step or two behind
My father said good bye
He said boy don't you cry
It won't make things better
It goes on for everyone
Why'd this have to happen to me?
I've got a pretty good job now
It makes time fly
Think I'm gonna try harder to pay attention
Try to get that promotion
See it pass me by
Why does this always happen to me?
I'm trying to find a good woman
Any woman who will love me for what I am
I'm trying to find peace of mind all the time
Every place on every face
Maybe in your face
I was talking to a woman in a bar
She said let's go for a ride in my car
Or maybe that's a lie a slight exaggeration
Could be masturbation going to my head
God I want to die but it won't make things better
Life goes on forever
See it pass me by.

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