Originally Posted by Rockchick26
I really need to do that especially after the argument with my dad today. I got off the phone feeling like I could punch something and the feeling stayed with me for about an hour. It's incredible how toxic negative people can affect you so much.
This kind of stuff never happens to me on the phone.
Usually, at some point before the conversation gets really negative, I say something like: "I need to go and pee now, I will talk to you again some other time" and I hang up the phone.
At work, I say something like this: "I can see that you're feeling upset. When you're calm again, give me a call and I'm sure we will be able to come up with a solution" and once again I hang up the phone.
The key is to cut off the conversation before it spirals into an irretrievable downward tailspin. You cut it off, and you can always resume the conversation the next day, or the next week.