As two different people, chances are youâ€™re going to have diverse opinions and views on various topics and situations.
But when a heated argument turns sour, what you say in the heat of the moment can have a lasting impact on even the strongest of relationships.
Sometimes, itâ€™s easier said than done to bite your tongue, but according to one relationship expert â€” thereâ€™s a simple word that can diffuse an argument almost as quickly as it started.
And that magic four letter word is â€œouchâ€.
Yes. Apparently if you say â€œouchâ€ it can put a stop to an argument in just a few seconds.
Runkel told Business Insider that the word works well as a defence barb because if you admit something has hurt you, your partner may be more inclined to step back from a disagreement. Itâ€™s a way of showing vulnerability by revealing pain rather than anger when pushing back with a nasty one-liner.
Runkel said an exchange example may be, â€œOuch. That one hurt. I donâ€™t know if you were meaning to hurt me, I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s what you were going for but that is what you did.
â€œWhen [youâ€™re] in conflict, [youâ€™ll] inevitably say something that hurts the other person using the â€˜inside informationâ€™ that you have on them or that they have on you.â€
Runkel said the key is to stand strong and say â€œouchâ€ because the responding line from your partner will say a lot about your relationship.