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Your recommendation for a pause is so precious. I used to be pressured in a conversation (bordering on argument) to answer or offer an opinion. When I became more aware, I mentally and verbally hit the pause button (not stonewall but actionable), saying something like, "I hear your point. Can I have a moment to think about this? We can pick it up again shortly." This would serve to decelerate the runaway emotions. Giving both of us time to reflect on the conversation. Thank you for this post.

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