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"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me." We're supposed to believe that adage and live by it, brushing off any negative comments that may be thrown our way.

We're supposed to be so confident in our own worth that insulting commentary and critique are meaningless.

But that is simply not real life. Truthfully, things people say can really hurt. And the insults can stick with us, lingering for years as we try to feel a sense of self-worth in the face of that thorn in our side from long ago.

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Sometimes, you just have to say it. You're in the presence of someone wildly hard-headed, misguided, self-absorbed, or just plain arrogant. And they're just going on and on.

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Not everyone is forthright when it comes to giving compliments.

Some people dole them out with the intention of making the other person feel good even if they don't mean it.

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The only thing better than a REALLY good insult is an equally as good or better comeback.

That kind that gets the entire room involved, where people applaud, or someone goes "Ohhhhhh!" and the fun and energy of the comeback just really gets you jazzed.

Maybe that's just our inflated view from the metric tons of 80s movies we've been watching in lockdown, but, that's the idea.

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While nobody loves to encourage unkindness or conflict between people, a good clash can certainly be entertaining on some impulsive level. A solidly constructed, well-worded verbal take-down is a prime example.

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