How do I manage "give and take" relationships that are mostly "take"?

I am a generous person. People take advantage. My response to this? I shut down. I don't give much at all. I don't like this, but I find when I open up I become vulnerable to the takers. My wife says I am a "soft touch". Its true, but I can shut people down if they are taking advantage. I just... show more I am a generous person. People take advantage. My response to this? I shut down. I don't give much at all. I don't like this, but I find when I open up I become vulnerable to the takers.

My wife says I am a "soft touch". Its true, but I can shut people down if they are taking advantage. I just can't do it diplomatically. Any ideas?
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