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  • However deep our theoretical commitment to  serenity, in the course of an average day,  

  • we are likely to encounter a number of extremely  

  • well-crafted invitations  to lose our tempers badly.

  • Our partner will press a well-flagged  nuclear button related, let’s imagine,  

  • to their views on our mother or our career choiceAt work, a colleague may deliberately not answer  

  • a very simple question to which we urgently need  an answer. A shop attendant may give us a bored,  

  • insolent shrug. Someone in the supermarket may  falsely accuse us of standing in the wrong line.

  • What we are apt to miss at such moments of blatant  provocation, as we get swallowed up in fears of  

  • humiliation, illogicality and injustice, is just  how much many people enjoy having arguments,  

  • indeed crave them in order to refind their  equilibrium and appease their psychic  

  • discomforts. We are tricked into imagining that  there may be genuine issues that require our  

  • wholehearted engagement but thereby lose sight  of the true psychological motivations at play.  

  • A person is trying to get us into a fight not  because they have a sincere complaint against  

  • us but because they are feeling overwhelmed  by the intensity of their own aggression,  

  • which they hope to placate by spoiling a portion  of our lives. By goading us into a battle,  

  • they are looking for a way to evacuate their  fury into us, to use us as a receptacle for  

  • their emotional waste, to employ a skirmish  with us to distract themselves from their own  

  • intractable conflicts and muted sorrowsto seduce us into joining them in their  

  • sadness and entanglements, so that they  might feel less alone and less bereft.

  • We should resist such enthusiastic and subtly  crafted invitations by recognising them for  

  • what they are: attempts by the other party to  rescue themselves from unbearable feelings.  

  • We might - if we are exceptionally  generous - pity them for their despair;  

  • we don’t in any way need to join  them in their gladiatorial quests.

  • What may at times provoke us to a particular  pitch of excitement is a puzzlement as to why  

  • others are behaving as they are: why on earth - we  wonder in a strangled way - have they once again  

  • mentioned something we implored them to leave  alone, why are they being almost deliberately  

  • slow or rude or surly, why is someone who should  be kind and thoughtful suddenly so off-hand and  

  • cruel. It’s our wide-eyed quest for sensible  answers that ends up fanning our upheaval. We  

  • should answer our bafflement with far greater  simplicity and therapeutic rigour. There aren’t  

  • any good reasons for the discord. It’s just  that our interlocutor is in a very bad way and  

  • has concluded - not incorrectly alas - that they  may well feel significantly better once we have  

  • started to raise our voice, redden and call them  horrible names well later regret with intensity.

  • We should work out the clever game and  refuse to play any further rounds of it;  

  • whether the invitee is our spouse, a  stranger, our child or a colleague.  

  • Were not being kind by leaving them to itwere not being pacific or eerily grown up.  

  • It’s just there is so much else that needs our  attention: we have to hold on to our thoughts,  

  • repair our wounds, appease our turmoils and  discover our own routes to happiness. We must  

  • sidestep the many dragnets because we have so  many other, truly more important things to do.

However deep our theoretical commitment to  serenity, in the course of an average day,  


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Beyond Arguments to Effective Communication

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