“One often contradicts an opinion when what
is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.” — Friedrich
Nietzsche


Some people have a short fuse, are highly reactive, and are
ready to go to war over anything. At other times, people are tired, frustrated,
anxious, stressed, and atypically touchy and contentious. Either way, you
conscientiously manage your interactions, emotions, reactions, and behavior in
ways that minimize conflict, animosity, and contentiousness.


This doesn’t mean that you hold back, equivocate, or are reluctant
to pursue your point of view, opinion, or expectation. To the contrary, you are
always assertive, clear, and forthcoming. The point here is that conflicts and
disagreements are managed as negotiations and not as arguments and battles.
Confrontation and power games are seldom the best choice for resolving friction
points and personality clashes. You have far better and more effective tools at
hand and take care to use them instead of resorting to emotionally charged war
games.