In Sunday's article on how to be smooth, Walls made the following comment:
“I truly appreciate all the work you do breaking this down, Chase. It would be so easy to just own this info you learned from years of trial and error and just monopolize it. I was thinking about smoothness in conflict due to this life-changing post and it got me thinking: when do you let comments/threats/faux paus/annoyances roll down your back, and when do you actually put opposers in their place? And what is the best way to ignore when people make fauxpas, such as the ones in your article "Faux Pas of the Social Neveaux." (maybe more faux pas listed too?)”
He's talking about two things here, but the two are in many ways one and the same:
When someone is standing in opposition to you, accusing you, or insulting you
When someone is making social mistakes around you and creating awkward or disadvantageous situations for you
That is, in other words, when someone is making things challenging for you. And he is asking the question "How do you answer a challenge?"
It's a good question, because it has an answer that can go a variety of ways. Do you remain unreactive to it - and potentially let the challenge eat your chances alive? Or do you challenge your challenger back, and potentially lose your cool - and the girl you were most interested in?
This is a question without a readily apparent simple answer... and sometimes those are the questions we like most on this site. How do you answer a challenge, anyway?