When it comes to rude people silence really is golden according to a new study.
People who completely ignore those who are rude and offensive were found more mentally healthy than those who engage with them say researchers at Baruch College at City University of New York.
In a study using nearly 120 people, the researchers asked people to engage in conversation with someone instructed to intentionally act highly likable or highly offensive.
The participants were then taken to another room to complete a second assignment which provided a score of their performance when finished.
If having previously entirely ignored the offensive person, the subjects were found performing better on the second assignment.
If they ignored the likeable person they were also said for the majority to have performed worse.
The study determined that reciprocating conversation with someone offensive was depleting though a natural tendency subjects must overcome.
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