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“Give Me a Break”

When someone says or does something we don’t like or agree with, we may respond with a statement like “give me a break”. Its sarcastic edge shows our disdain, which is often interpreted as condescending and a put down. In the end, such a statement leaves little room for discussion since it doesn’t acknowledge the other person’s viewpoint, even if we don’t like it. Nor does it suggest alternatives to consider that break the stalemate.

What responses – other than ones like “give me a break” – opens up, rather than closes, a conflict conversation?

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