Having the last word

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.


27 Aug, 2011

6 thoughts on “Having the last word

    1. It’s important to be able to let someone else have the last word and let what they say go.

      You’re right Lisa, it’s not worth the stress.

  1. My father is usually like this, but I ignore him sometimes so I can see why he would want to have the last word.

    1. You know how to handle your father and that’s what counts Randy.

      I believe that what matters is what you think, not whether your father has the last word or not. The last word is unimportant.

  2. Sometimes letting someone else have the last word really is the right thing to do, especially if that person ‘is that way inclined’ and difficult to deal with. I’m sure we all know people like that!

    It takes a strong person to walk away but i agree completely that it isn’t necessary to prove to someone that they are wrong and you are right. That’s not what it is about.

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