Pathological tolerance is a symptom that occurs in a stable triadic
relationship with certain characteristics, including the sharing of a
sexual partner. The term refers to inappropriate acceptance of the
triangular relationship by the member of the primary dyad who is of the
same sex as the "triadic addition." The author suggests that the
intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics of pathological tolerance are
identical with those of pathological jealousy and include the reenactment
of earlier conflictual relationships through symbolic representation,
expression of homoerotic drives, and a variety of interpersonal patterns.
He presents three case reports and recommendations for treatment.