A Depth Charge. →
[More:] I'll find myself getting into arguments, online and in real life, and I'll enter into it with something to say of substance. Somebody will reply etc etc and it'll eventually get personal, and I'll know that it'd be smarter to walk away, but some part of my mind tugs at me saying 'You can't let this asshole think they beat you. You have to smack them down, no matter what.'
I realize that this is self-destructive and occasionally embarassing, but how do you ignore that voice without losing your self-respect?
(I'd also like to know if anyone else feels this and how they deal with it).