Here’s how you know your conflict-averse personality has drifted into unhealthy territory:
If I am listening to the radio, say, sports talk, and the conversation turns even the slightest bit argumentative, I have an overwhelming impulse to turn the radio off. Not just change the channel, turn the radio totally off. As if my soul would be sullied by hearing sound waves from the same speakers that were emitting even the most modest strife moments before.
The more I think about it, the more I have to admit that this probably isn’t normal.
The sad thing is, there are people who sense this aversion to conflict in me and take advantage. The peacemakers may be blessed, but they also have to pay more at the auto repair shop.