Winning an Argument by Losing

I remember one time I won an argument by losing it. I was having a heated discussion with someone, and we were disagreeing about the facts. She kept insisting she was right, and I gave a compelling argument on why I was actually correct. I could see a certain point where she realized that she was wrong, and I was right. But she was stubborn and would not admit she was wrong. So I simply stopped arguing about it, and let her “win” the argument so she could save face. The next day, she came and apologized and said that I was right. I could have kept fighting because I was right, but peace was a better alternative and she respected me more for it.  Sometimes allowing people to save face is more important than being right.

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