How many of us know someone who, no matter what, needs to have the last word? Having the last word is a habit: it’s an environmental and cultural problem that comes from stubbornness or background. When it comes to family, we probably already know who must have the last word.
However, when we give the other person the last word, we stop the conversation in its tracks. It also takes the heat out of what could turn into a battleground. For those who need to have the last word, it’s usually because they have an opinion on everything.
When we decide not to have the last word, we take away the stress associated with needing to have it. It will never put those who insist on having the last word in a good light. There is no intrinsic value to it. Having the last word is about someone’s exaggerated self-importance.