On emotional currency

What is emotional currency?

Emotional currency is any medium of exchange used for the transmission of affective states of consciousness between two or more people.

Pretty much anything can be used as emotional currency — smiles, apologies, orgasms, even actual fucking money.

One of the most fundamental characteristics of a person is what they use as emotional currency, and interpersonal compatibility is largely determined by how two people exchange emotional currency.


2 thoughts on “On emotional currency

  1. Karen in Montreal says:

    Or whether they’re willing to exchange any emotional currency, in any way resembling reciprocity, or just want to sit around, feeling entitled to your guessing what they want, and handing over emotional currency to them, pretty much endlessly.

    Sorry, feeling a bit bitter these days.

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