I always considered myself to be fair and reasonable.
That was the first problem.
My relatives have often pointed out that I am opinionated and defensive.
The second was that I assumed my points were better than the person’s with whom I was having a discussion.
This prevented my ears from hearing anything except the pause.
The third was that after a point was made, I quickly rushed in, with passion, to illuminate them.
Promptly barricading the two-way street.
Apparently, I was the only one who thought I was persuasive.
Do Not Try to make a counterpoint before considering and saying:
- “Tell me more about that.”
- “Very interesting.”
- “What else?”
Only then will I not be the cause of heads banging against walls.