The Relationship Tension Goldilocks Zone

One of the hardest challenges you’ll have to face is dealing with a loved one who behaves in ways or holds beliefs you don’t approve of. When do you let them slide and forgive them, and when do you stand up for yourself and your beliefs to confront theirs? Effectively reconciling these kinds of disagreements is essential to maintaining long, lasting relationships, and it can be approached like an optimization problem.

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How to Be Yourself

People rarely, if ever, behave independently from other people. Even when they are acting without other people physically present, their decision-making is influenced by their enculturation, which could involve traditions from their ethnic heritage, religion, social norms, among other things. These people systems have a nice analog in physics.

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