The Person You Like Being Around With Makes You Feel Free, Not Happy

There are few people I genuinely like to be around with, and they have one similar trait: they make me feel free. I don’t need to fake anything; I don’t feel tense around them. On the other hand, there are freedom restrictors: Their presence tenses me up, and being around them feels like walking on eggshells—I need to be careful in what I say and do. Usually, freedom restrictors are needy, high-conflict people who take things too seriously.

There are people out there whom you can have symbiotic relationships with. You make them happy by being yourself; they make you happy by being themselves. Why bother with high-conflict people?