DO YOU FIGHT RIGHT?

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1. Yuck! After letting your gal pal borrow your fave velvet jacket, you notice a huge stain on it. You:

  • tell her she's a huge pig.
  • ask why she didn't tell you about the stain.
  • warn the rest of your buds not to lend her clothes.

2. Your BFF ditches you as soon as her boyfriend calls on yet another Friday night. You:

  • tell her she's totally pathetic by letting her boyfriend walk all over her.
  • let her know you feel bad being second choice.
  • shrug it off but don't call her the rest of the weekend.

3. Your crush is teasing you in front of his friends. How do you let him know you're not okay with that?

  • pinch his arm and yell at him in front of everyone!
  • wait 'til you're alone and tell him you hate how he treats you in front of his friends.
  • think of a reason to leave and hightail it!

4. How long does a typical fight last for you?

  • 4-7 days
  • 1-3 days
  • 8-11 days

5. After a way-too-public bawling out session with a bud, you:

  • have an emergency powwow with all of the friends who've sided with you.
  • meet privately with the bud you're feuding with to hash things out civilly.
  • change the subject when anyone asks what happened.

6. When your friend calls your cell after she ticked you off, you:

  • answer just to tell her never to call again.
  • pick up the phone and ask her to explain herself.
  • screen her calls until she gets the hint.

7. Uh-oh! When you see your new foe headed your way in the hall at school, you:

  • shoot her a nasty glare.
  • offer a semi-smile.
  • pretend not to see her.

8. After missing curfew, you get grounded by your 'rents. You:

  • throw a total tantrum--it works every time.
  • explain why you were late--you have a good reason.
  • lock yourself in your room and pout.

9. OMG! You spot your study buddy copying off your test! You:

  • ream her out when the bell rings.
  • pull her aside later and ask what's up.
  • make up an excuse next time she asks to study with you.

10. What's the first thing you do when you get into a fight with a friend?

  • dish all the details to all your other friends to ensure everyone's on your side.
  • indulge in some me-time to figure out how to make things right.
  • pretend everything's fine but avoid her at all costs.

11. You catch your little sis eavesdropping on your phone convo with your crush! You:

  • slam the door in her face and tell her to get a life!
  • tell her that she needs to respect your privacy, and you'll respect hers.
  • tell your parents--they'll take care of it.

12. When you get mad at your friends, you identify most with:

  • 10 Things I Hate About You's Kat, who says everything on her mind but often regrets it later.
  • Secret Life of the American Teenager's Amy, who maintains a level head by doesn't hide her anger.
  • 90210's Annie, who prefers avoiding confrontation.

Blow Up

Simmer down, drama queen! When you get mad, you tend to totally freak out. You say exactly what's on your mind to anyone who'll listen--and unfortunately, you usually regret it later. Next time you're about to blow, step back and take a deep breath. Try counting to 10 before you say anything to anyone. And while it's totally okay to lean on friends for support, try to keep the feud just between the two of you, and don't make mutual friends take sides. Meet up with your friend to privately discuss what went down. You'll have your friend back in no time!

Face It

Talk about keeping your cool! Your level head and cool confidence help you face a fight with moxie. You're honest with people when they've made you mad, and you have a knack for speaking your mind without attacking the person you're fighting with. You don't blow things out of proportion, but you also don't pretend everything's totally okay. By immediately facing conflict head on, you don't dwell on negative feelings, which means your fights are short and sweet, and your relationships actually get stronger. That's what it means to fight right! Way to go!

Avoid Her

Who knows what's bugging you? Certainly not the person you're mad at! When you're upset, you bottle up your emotions and hope that if you ignore them, they'll go away. Sorry, sister, not gonna happen! You tend to be a little passive-aggressive about your feelings by avoiding the people you're mad at or giving them the cold shoulder. Remember, the person you're mad at might not even know she's done something that bugs you. Trust us, if you speak up and let her know you're hurting, you'll feel so much better. And you'll be a lot closer to smooth sailing with your bud!




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