This idea is inspired by the book "How To Win Friends And Influence People".
Often when interacting with people you are faced with a choice.
You may be frustrated by their actions, feel that they've done something wrong, or even feel anger towards them for something...
This could be a situation that can quickly become heated or lead to a fall-out that will last for hours, days, weeks, or even years to come...
Regardless of what you do, there is nothing to gain, and nothing will be changed...
This can go one of two ways: you damage their ego (and preserve yours) - by entertaining or engaging in the situation, or you damage your own ego (preserving theirs) - this could be simply walking away.
Now I want you to consider this... is damage their ego and preserving your own worth the fall-out that follows?
Or are you just shooting yourself in the foot?
Take the other person out of the situation for a moment and isolate yourself, how is your course of action going to affect you and only you?
Because at the end of the day, that's all that matters.
Is the harm and hassle going to just make your life worse?
Is it worth it, for the sake of ego?