I’m sure most of us have heard the saying ‘Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’. I do understand why this is – you’re more able to protect yourself from any nasty surprises if you keep them close enough to know what they’re up to.
But – and forgive me if I’m wrong – wouldn’t you just be exposing more of yourself to them? The way I see it, you’d be placing the key to your emotions, and your weaknesses, straight into their hands.
On top of that, depending on your mental stability, you might just be succumbing to them; putting yourself in a position where you actually give into them and their flaws, and hurt yourself, than protect yourself. There is a Korean proverb which goes ‘고양이에게 생선을 맡기다’. This literally translates to ‘don’t entrust a cat with a fish’. Doesn’t this apply for this situation too?