“Albert Einstein, pictured here with his wife, Mileva Maric:
Einstein was always known as someone who greatly valued his privacy, perhaps to a fault for those around him. He had few interpersonal skills to speak of, and his odd personality would sometimes have him spending days holed up his room, alone. This did not go over so well with his wife, Mileva, and their marriage began to unravel. For a while, they tried to stay together for the sake of their two sons, but things became increasingly icy as the months went by.
One day, Einstein sent a chilling letter to Mileva, with a list of marital “conditions” he expected his wife to obey upon his return.
CONDITIONSA. You will make sure:1. that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;
2. that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;
3. that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.B. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, You will forego:1. my sitting at home with you;
2. my going out or traveling with you.C. You will obey the following points in your relations with me:1. you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way;
2. you will stop talking to me if I request it;
3. you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.D. You will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior.
Unsurprisingly, their marriage failed, and Mileva moved to Zurich and took her two sons with her. Einstein ended up marrying his cousin soon after, though that marriage was also troubled.
Einstein was a genius. But in the relationship department, he didn’t do so well.”