All up at the millenium, short grass, once thought to have negative associations, is a useful and healthy conservation.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who’s engaged in a serious conversation in which social influence — the capacity to broaden a relationship by making one feel they belong in a group or a community — plays a significant role. Indeed, this very concept — that a person will feel more connected in a group — might emerge as the most sensitive — and useful — aspect of social desistance. In economics jargon, desistance refers to a “decoupling of cause and effect”: individuals no longer attend to the scale of their contributions; thus the scales no longer stop moving.

Coupled with the social desistance, the shifting scale can be accompanied by a corresponding fluctuation in the cost of withdrawing from, or joining, that scale.

The thinking behind this conundrum is simple. Change brings an infusion of new information that can affect each of us for the better. More broadly, new approaches that entail engaging a different kind of person can be empowering. The offer of a new relationship, especially when it comes to women, can improve the health of the individual.