Arguing on the Internet, Should I Disengage?

I really should know better by now. I really should learn to just disengage with ignorant or narrow-minded people who refuse to even consider any viewpoint but their own. I should learn that it takes away from my happiness and peaceful life by wandering into pointless debates with people who I know I’m never going to get to even consider an idea that has any nuance or depth to it.

My therapist today encouraged me to disengage from these people, to stop letting them level personal attacks at me over simple differences of opinion. If I want to stop being bullied or pushed around, I have to stop allowing it. Of course, none of this applies to you guys (my blog followers), but more has to do with people on other social media who I happen to be acquaintances with in my real life. Even if they are distant familial relations, I have no obligation to let them project their crazy, illogical, rigid way of thinking onto me.

If you are going to tell me that I am evil, immoral, or dishonest just because I don’t believe what you believe, I really don’t need you in my life.

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Hi! I am an artist, author, and blogger who also happens to have Asperger’s Syndrome. I have won several awards and honors for my writings and artwork. I suffer from a few severe mental illness and chronic pain conditions (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Ehlers Danlos, Degenerative Disc Disease, etc.), which greatly affects my life and makes me want to advocate for others going through similar things. Other interests of mine include reading, writing, drawing, watching cartoons and movies, collecting toys, hanging out with my family, and annoying my 3 cats.

13 thoughts on “Arguing on the Internet, Should I Disengage?”

  1. I have gone into debates before on the internet, and it’s only ended with me getting a splitting headache and feeling pretty crap. Some people will just never change their ways of thinking, or even try to understand, and they’re not worth talking to. It’s hard walking away and leaving things as they are, but your peace of mind is worth so much more than engaging with idiots. 🙂

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  2. I try to take that approach to. If people just happened to be misinformed that’s one thing, but if they are deliberately choosing to have their head stuck up their ass it’s probably best to walk away.

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  3. You really hit the nail on the head: don’t allow yourself to get pulled in. Shining a light on it will help in future to see that you’ve wandered onto the path and you can choose to turn back and walk down a nicer path.

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  4. I got off of social network. I have Snapchat and I only have 7 people on it lol. And 5 of them are my kids, my husband, and my son’s girlfriend. I blog because I usually don’t get a response it’s just a place I write hoping somebody might get inspired by something I say whether I know about it or not. I’m thinking about not blogging either. I’m so much at peace since I left Facebook. That’s the only one I was on.

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    1. I definitely feel better when I post less on Facebook lol. I haven’t really had much issue blogging here on WordPress, I’ve found the community pretty warm overall, but if this environment became like Facebook, I would probably think of leaving too.


      1. I have only been on here for a couple of months maybe a little longer. I don’t really know much about it, but I’ve enjoyed reading stuff on here.

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