There are many situations where it’s extremely difficult not to respond to someone, like when a person has just pushed your buttons. But in tense, problematic circumstances it never makes much sense to respond— to react—impulsively. What’s needed is a moment or two to reflect on whether your instant reaction, if expressed, will make things better—or, more likely, worse.
Following are 8 instances in which you’d be a lot better off not responding (at least not right away) to provocations, despite the clear temptation to do so.
I think I need to work a bit on 1 and 2