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Anxiety Spikes

Anxiety spikes happen when something triggers us during an argument, usually when what that we care about feels threatened.

We need to be aware of these spikes to guide us into the emotional aspect of the argument, rather than only focusing on information.

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Neglecting the emotional part of the argument and focusing solely on facts and information is a common blunder.

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Keeping an open mind gives you a wider field of view.

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