Let your date or partner give to you, do for you, and invest in the relationship too. 2) Give then take - When you do a favor, don't be afraid to ask a favor in return. One final stipulation though - this is not a license to be self-centered or stingy. "It's all about give and take" is probably something you've heard of many times. It means to enact reciprocity Have you ever googled yourself? Do a "deep search" Would you stay in a relationship if there was no give and take? 2, Views. How can we give to our partner without losing ourselves or sacrificing our needs? This is a little practice that helps me say no when I need to.
You brought your walls down, and in came the army. You are just kind of stuck there with nothing left to you but the rubble of your broken heart. When you give too much, you get taken advantage of.
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People take advantage of your niceness. They find that this is a great deal for them — you will continue to give and give and give with little effort in return. How dare you recognize that you are being taken advantage of by someone who you deemed as worthy of your time and effort?
How dare you ask for more when you have given so much? How dare you be kind enough to give, but smart enough to recognize when it has not been reciprocated?
When you give too much, you learn the hard way that standing up for yourself after the fact that you had given too much already is harder than it initially seems.
You are caught in a one-sided relationship. You are caught in the loop of single-sided effort being dragged on for far too long because we are all too polite. Why on earth would you expect someone to give as much effort into something as you when your relationship with someone seems to be blossoming? Why on earth would you try to make someone happy who makes you happy?
Because sometimes that other person does not look at you the way that you wish they did, so you give to prove yourself. You try to prove yourself to them without having any real evidence that this person is worth your heart in the first place.
The best piece of relationship advice I had recently received was to view the other person as someone who needs to prove that they are good enough to gain your trust. If you spend two hours helping someone, and they spend an hour helping you, then, if the emotional exchange is equal, they still owe you an hour.
Emotional complexity The problem in balancing the books of social exchange is that emotion is a complex variable. If you help me for an hour and I am very grateful, then I may feel a need to help you for three hours doing something in return. Gratitude is hence a powerful driving emotion in social exchange. When I help you, it is your gratitude that is the deposit in my account that motivates you to repay me, not just the fact that I helped you.
Other emotions complicate the situation. For example if I help you and expect you to be grateful, then my feelings of expectation will give me the impression that I have earned a certain amount of social capital, and that my bucket is a little fuller as yours is a little emptier.
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Yet if you are not that grateful, you will not think you owe me that much. In fact if you did not need or want my help then you may think you owe me nothing. And if you see my help as an intrusion or an attempted 'robbery' in forcing me to owe you in return then your feelings of resentment will tip the balance the other way as you believe I owe you some reparation for the wrong done. In this way positive and negative emotions have opposite effects on the social capital bucket, and the stronger the emotion, the bigger the effect.
If you hurt me in any way, then you owe me. If you help me then I owe you.
Give and Take
Love and hate are enduring emotions that have a big effect on give and take. If I love you then I will give much. Even if you do little in return, I will feel good for having helped you and hence effectively reward myself with good feelings rather than expect things from you. The extreme form of this is unconditional love which, as the name suggests, expects nothing in return.
Love can also complicate the bucket when it leads to lower expected reciprocity. My expressions of love for you may make you feel that I expect little. This can cause resentment and anger that results in recriminations that erode the love, effectively 'killing the golden goose'.
Hate is often based in the belief that the other person owes a great deal, which justifies attacks that take much from them. When others refuse to repay what we believe they owe us then our emotions become negative and hence motivate harmful action.
Just as unconditional love does not consider what is given, blind hate is not concerned with what is taken. Both can upset the bucket and confuse the social capital account, though each is likely to beget itself. Love very largely creates love and hate mostly creates hate. Love results in much reciprocal giving while hate leads to battles of blow-by-blow taking. The wider effect While give and take is important in individual relationships, its broader power is in the creation of society.
As relationships deepen and trust increases, we may take from one person and give to another. For example a person in a happy relationship will be kind to others, effectively sharing the social capital gained from their relationship partner. This is helped by the fact that emotional exchange is often unconscious. When I help you, I may not realize the value I provide and so do not expect much in return. This gives you the scope to help others without emptying the bucket.
The overspill thus created keeps society afloat in a sea of social capital. Social capital can be gained indirectly when others see you helping people and doing good things. When they appreciate your actions in conforming with social norms, their approval effectively acts as putting a few social credits into your bucket.
Politicians know that they can make huge gains from widespread public approval, so they seek to champion popular causes and otherwise appear 'good'. Within this social system there will be net takers and givers: Givers may be unwilling, feeling as the downtrodden poor. They may also be those who have a seemingly deep well and who pay themselves internally, feeling good just for helping rather than needing material repayment from others.
It is this intrinsic system that gives society its net positive social capital and which allows us to live together in large groups.