For everything in life there is a value which we attach. There is a price we pay and a benefit we receive. It’s easy to understand this concept in the exchange of goods and services, but is it also applicable to relationships? We enter and exit relationships for a reason. There is a value component to each relationship and how we treat them reflects the value we assign to them. So if that’s the case, why is that we stay in relationships that seem bad for us?

I’ve studied my own relationships and recognized a pattern that qualifies me to answer that question. The decision to stay in relationships boils down to a simple arithmetic formula that we unconsciously enforce. As long as the benefit of the situation exceeds the cost of being in the situation, I’ll stay in it. Others may not understand because they may only see from the outside the price I am […]