I am very argumentative and I'm trying to stop.
Lately, I've gotten into a few internet arguments and I realize that they're silly and do no good, but it's just so easy to read something, get defensive and then try to prove that I'm right.
So, what I'm asking for is advice on how to stop and stay away from arguing over the internet and how to keep from getting defensive?
The Sassy Sister
You may be asking the wrong guy. Getting worked up about stuff that people post can be pretty easy to do! I've been dragged into debates that I had no intention of being in, and if you're not careful not only is it frustrating, it can also eat up massive amounts of time.
I think what works for me best is to:
A) Remember that you can't ever argue someone into conversion
B) Understand that when people are entrenched in their ideology no amount of links or logic is going to change their mind
C) Realize that no one agrees with anyone else on everything
D) Consider that most people are basically good people who mean well, even if they're dumb
E) Concede that debating with closed minded and ignorant individuals is just a waste of time
If you can't control yourself, block the person, don't visit the site, or simply just put down the mouse and walk away.
Go read your scriptures, hum a hymn, or do something positive to help you refocus your heart and mind.
And if you come up with anything you find particularly helpful, let me know!
- Bro Jo