Chapter 2. Golden Rule 2: When to argue, when to walk away

I’m sure we’ve all had arguments where later we feel that it was just the wrong time and the wrong place. Knowing when to enter into an argument and when not to is a vital skill. Before embarking on an argument always ask yourself: is this the right place and the right time? Is it better to walk away and not have the argument at all, or to have it at another time and in another place?

Entering arguments

Think especially about the following:

• Could there be a productive outcome from this argument?

• Is it better to have the argument in private or with other people around?

• Do you have the information you need to make a good argument?

• Are you feeling emotionally ready for the argument? ...

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