You bet, David. And your points are right on, too. The addiction to being right at all costs is extremely costly but to your point, it can be seen as a weakness. However that bullheadedness is, in my not very important opinion, is indicative of a wicked lack of maturity and personal development.
I believe it takes a great deal of courage to back off and give way. A far greater wisdom to know what’s really worth fighting for than, for example, trying to win points on Facebook when no one is listening- or cares. It’s little more than a bully pulpit to demonstrate one’s lack of education and breeding while engaging in the flinging of verbal fecal matter which does no one any good nor does it lead anyone to a better place. I have — to my extreme embarrassment- allowed myself to be sucked into such fights and I will do so no longer. We all have a choice about how and where to spend our time and as you quite rightly point out, be able to interact and participate without having our BP head northward at speed. We are simply giving others permission to manipulate our moods, ruin our health and wellbeing, and invade our peace of mind. Which I might note drops precipitously in direct proportion to the amount of time I find myself spending in less-friendly social media landscapes.
I appreciate your input.